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David J. Reber
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David applies his 40 years of experience to helping businesses succeed. His practice is focused on representing clients in business dealings, issuers in their registered and exempt securities offerings, and buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, David also assists boards and committees in discharging their fiduciary duties.

As Goodsill’s most senior partner, David has always embodied the saying, “Kulia i ka nu’u” (Strive to reach the summit).


David enjoys traveling, golfing and playing on the firm’s softball team. Go, Team Goodsill!

He has also been actively involved for more than 15 years as the president of the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1968
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1965
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • California, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Enterprise Honolulu, Director
  • Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Director and President
  • Hawaii State Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, Sections of Litigation and Antitrust Law
  • American Bar Association, Member, Sections of Corporation, Banking and Business Law
  • American Bar Association, Member, Sections of Public Utilities, Communications and Trans. Law
  • State Bar of California, Inactive Member
  • Portlock Community Association, Director
  • Honolulu Symphony Society, Counsel
  • Enterprise Honolulu, Director
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, President
  • Director and President, Lawyers for Equal Justice

Practice Areas:

  • Business Law and Securities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year in Honolulu, 2009, 2014
  • Chambers USA, 2019

Classes & Seminars

  • Assistant Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law, 1968-1970

Past Positions

  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Associate, 00/1970 to 00/1975

Representative Clients

  • Hawaii Life & Disability Insurance Guaranty Association
  • Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
  • Hawaiian Electric Company, INC.
  • American Savings Bank, F.S.B.
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