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There is law for every business, and then there is law for your business. For generations, clients have turned to us for global legal insight when doing business in Hawaii. Because you need answers for the world your business is in.

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Serving the greater business community

We are proud once again to work in collaboration with the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce to produce the Chamber Desk Manual guide to labor and employment law.

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The Talent at Torkildson

A firm is as good as its people. None are better than ours.

Joseph A. Ernst

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations

Joseph A. Ernst is a Director of the firm and a member of the employment law department. His practice involves counseling and defending employers in...

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Lincoln S.T. Ashida

Business Litigation, Employment Litigation

Born in Hilo, Lincoln S.T. Ashida is the longest serving Corporation Counsel in the history of the County of Hawaii, having served in this position...

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John S. Mackey

Employment and Labor

John Mackey, a Director at the firm, represents employers before Hawaii federal and state courts defending claims of discrimination, harassment and failure to accommodate disabilities,...

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Vaughn G.T. Cook

Business, Employment, Immigration and Licensing

Vaughn G. T. Cook practices law as a Director in the firm’s Hawaii Island office. A licensed Certified Public Accountant, not in public practice, as...

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Steven V. Torkildson

Real Estate

Steven V. Torkildson is a Director of the Honolulu office of Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, Attorneys at Law, and practices primarily in the...

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Robert S. Katz

Employment, Health Care, and Labor Relations

Robert Katz, Of Counsel, has been practicing law in Hawaii for over 40 years. During that time he has counseled and represented Hawaii, Mainland and International...

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John L. Knorek

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations

John L. Knorek, a Director at the firm, provides counsel and representation to large and small employers in all aspects of employment and wrongful discharge...

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Newton J. Chu

Business Organizations and Activities, Employment Compliance, Immigration, Liquor and Administrative Licensing

Newton J. Chu is a Director of the Hawaii Island office for Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, Attorneys at Law. His practice includes general...

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Jennifer L. Gitter

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations

Jennifer L. Gitter is an Associate in the firm’s Honolulu office and is a member of the employment law department. Her practice involves counseling employers...

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Brian W. Tilker

Business Litigation, Employment Litigation

Brian W. Tilker is a Director in the firm’s Honolulu office and concentrates his practice on business and employment litigation. He has represented clients in...

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Jeffrey S. Harris

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations

Jeffrey S. Harris, a Director at the firm, represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His main areas of practice are employment...

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Kendra K. Kawai

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations

Kendra K. Kawai is a Senior Counsel in the labor and employment department of the firm. She has extensive trial experience and regularly defends small...

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Ernest C. “Cary” Moore III

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labo Relations

Ernest C. “Cary” Moore, III, Of Counsel, has practiced in the area of employment law and labor relations at the Torkildson firm since 1974. Born and...

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Tamara M. Gerrard

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations

Tamara M. Gerrard has been litigating cases in Hawaii for twenty years, fourteen of which were as a Director in the employment law department at...

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Steven L.F. Ho

Business Organizations and Activities

A Director at the firm, Steven L.F. Ho’s practice includes advising corporations, limited liability companies and other entities in all aspects of their businesses, including...

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J. George Hetherington

Business Organizations and Activities, Health Care

J. George Hetherington is the President of the firm and Chair of its Corporate Department. He has been with the firm since 1978 and his...

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Christine (David) Belcaid

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations

Christine Belcaid represents both local Hawaii and national employers in all aspects of labor and employment law as an Associate at the firm. Her main...

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Austin F. McCullough

Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations, Business Litigation

Austin F. McCullough, an Associate at our firm, joined the labor and litigation departments of the firm in September 2012 and concentrates his practice on...

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Jennifer L.Z. Ontai

Business Organizations and Activities, Health Care

Jennifer L. Z. Ontai is an Associate in the firm’s Honolulu office, where she concentrates her practice on Corporate and Health Care Law. Prior to...

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Ronald I. Heller

Business Litigation, Tax Planning and Controversy

Ron Heller, a Director at the firm, has been practicing law in Hawaii for over 35 years, concentrating on tax litigation, tax law, and business...

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