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Robert G. Frame

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Robert G. Frame

Cox Wootton Lerner
841 Bishop Street
Suite 1099
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 744-7020


Of Counsel

Admitted to bar: 1974, Florida, Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; 1977, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1984, U.S. Claims Court and U.S. Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Defense litigation involving admiralty/maritime injuries and claims
  • Products liability
  • General insurance defense
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Personal injury defense
  • Labor and employment law


  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy (B.S., with honors, 1967)
  • University of Miami (J.D., cum laude, 1973)

Membership & Admissions

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Maritime Law 2007
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Proctor, Maritime Law Association (MLA) of the United States (Proctor)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (Retired)

Prior Experience

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member, Society of Wig and Robe
  • Member, University of Miami Law Review, 1973
  • Senior Trial Attorney, Torts Branch, U.S. Department of Justice, 1977-1983
  • Adjunct professor of law, University of San Francisco Law School, 1982.
  • Co-founder and Senior Litigation Attorney, Alcantara & Frame 1982-1998
  • Alcantara Frame & Formby 1998-2001, Frame Formby & O’Kane, 2001-2006
  • Frame & Nakano, 2007

Additional Language

  • Thai