Corporate, Litigation, and Labor & Employment Lawyers

Honolulu and Hilo, HI

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Hawaii’s Preeminent Business Law Firm Since 1947

Our Highly Specialized Team of Attorneys is Committed to Serving Your Needs

There is law for every business, and then there is law for your business. Doing business in Hawaii can be complex. That is why you need the help of an experienced legal advocate.

Your business may be facing complex workplace legal issues, a class-action lawsuit, or a tax dispute. You may be a multi-national corporation looking to expand in Hawaii or a small business trying to get established. You may be unsure about which permits are required and which tax implications are involved.

The employment and business litigation lawyers at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek can help you resolve these issues and navigate Hawaii’s complex business laws.

Our award-winning and nationally recognized attorneys attorneys possess a vast amount of legal knowledge and real courtroom experience representing businesses and employers throughout Hawaii.

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Put Our Talented Team of Attorneys to Work for You Today

Since 1947, the talented team of attorneys at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek has been providing exceptional legal representation to professionals, businesses, companies, and multi-national corporations. Our dedicated legal team is comprised of accomplished and skilled lawyers who have been recognized by prestigious organizations such as Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Our attorneys have received the highest Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and have set the standard for legal excellence in practice areas such as labor & employment, tax controversy, and health care.

Our team is also proud to be a part of the close-knit Hawaii community. Not only do our lawyers work here, we live here and strive to make a positive impact through charitable efforts and regular involvement in the local community on many different levels.

A law firm is only as good as its people, and we know we have the best with the collective knowledge, experience, passion and drive to help you achieve your goals. Put the power of an extensive team of attorneys to work for you and get the results you need.

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Specialized Practice Areas to Address All Your Business Challenges

Our law firm handles a wide range of legal issues regarding businesses and employment, including:

Labor and Employment
Our nationally recognized attorneys have a thorough understanding of labor and employment law and offer effective legal advice to individuals, businesses and international clients. Whether you need defense against a whistleblower or discrimination claim, guidance on high-stakes collective bargaining strategy, or legal advice on day-to-day personnel issues, we will create a custom plan for your specific situation and help you achieve your goals.
Business Litigation
Businesses large and small can turn to our experienced legal team to get help with legal matters involving everything from contract disputes and class action defense to real estate litigation and administrative appeals. We have been protecting the rights of business since 1947 and have the experience to get you positive results.
Healthcare
Compliance with state and federal laws is critical, and our attorneys will help you regardless of how straightforward or complex your case might seem. We can successfully resolve a wide range of legal matters for those in the healthcare industry, including defense in False Claims Act and qui tam actions, HIPAA compliance, risk assessment and mitigation, and much more.
Real Estate and Business Law
Whether you need legal help with real estate transactions, or assistance with the formation, growth, maintenance and management of your business, our experienced legal team can provide you with exceptional representation that gets effective results.
Tax Planning and Controversy
Maybe you need an in-depth tax plan. It could be that you’re being audited. Or you might want to know the most effective way to preserve your company’s assets. No matter what circumstances you’re under, our tax attorneys can help. Our extensive legal team includes attorneys who are Certified Public Accountants and those who serve on the Hawaii Tax Foundation and the state Tax Review Commission.
Administrative Law
Dealing with government agencies at the local, state, federal or international level can be complicated. That is why it is critical you have a knowledgeable, administrative law attorney who can skillfully guide your business through the regulatory process or other legal matters involving government filings, appeals or applications. In particular, our administrative law attorneys have years of experience handling multiple areas of federal and state regulatory matters, especially in the areas of federal immigration laws, and state and county liquor laws and related matters.
Serving thegreater business community

Serving thegreater business community


Our business law firm is 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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