Corporate, Litigation, and Labor & Employment Lawyers

Honolulu and Hilo, HI

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 matters involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practice claims, Medicaid, condominium association disputes, trademark infringement, peer review, mass torts, toxic torts, product liability, real estate, trusts and estates, tax controversy, ERISA, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration and administrative forums. He has successfully argued before both state and federal trial and appellate courts. Brian also defends businesses in lawsuits alleging privacy violations, and has assisted companies in responding to cybersecurity events, incidents, and data breaches.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Mr. Tilker practiced law in New York City and worked in the litigation department of a major international law firm.

In addition to vigorously representing clients in civil actions and administrative proceedings, a substantial portion of Mr. Tilker’s practice is dedicated to alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Tilker often assists clients by using alternative dispute resolution as a vehicle to either avoid litigation or mitigate the risks associated with active litigation. He strives to provide practical, creative, legal advice that focuses on clients’ strategic and commercial objectives, and believes in preventing and resolving disputes in the most cost-efficient way possible. He is involved in the community, serves on several boards and belongs to numerous associations.

Community Involvement/Professional Memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association (Vice President, Litigation Section)
  • Board of Directors of Guide Dogs of Hawaii (President)
  • Adjunct Professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law, Legal Writing & Advocacy (2012-2017)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • New York State Bar Association


  • J.D., 2004, St. John's University School of Law
    • Honors: Articles and Notes Editor, St. John's Law Review, Dean's List Graduate, New York Bar Association Legal Ethics Award, J. Gordon Cooney Merit Scholarship
  • B.S.B.A., 2001, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School
    • Majors: Finance and International Business
    • Honors: International Business Student Award (top grade in major)

Admitted to Practice

  • New York State Bar, 2005
  • Hawaii State Bar, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2016
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2021

Areas of Practice

Representative Matters

  • Henry v. Adventist Health Castle, 363 F.Supp.3d 1128 (D. Haw. 2019), aff’d 970 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2020)
  • Ryan v. Salisbury et al., 2019 WL 2121518 (D. Haw. May 14, 2019)
  • Bruno v. AOAO Waikiki Marina Condominium, 2019 WL 1552362 (Haw. App. Apr. 10, 2019)
  • Martin v. Hotel & Transp. Consultants, Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92499 (D. Haw. June 1, 2018)
  • Crews v. Prudential Ins. Co. of Am., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48117 (D. Haw. Apr. 13, 2015)
  • Sato v. Wahiawa-Central Oahu Health Ctr., Inc. et al., 135 Hawaii 216 (Haw. App. 2015)
  • Sato v. Wahiawa-Central Oahu Health Ctr., Inc. et al., 2015 Haw. App. LEXIS 133 (Mar. 7, 2015)
  • Kaheawa Wind Power, LLC v. County of Maui, 135 Hawaii 202 (App. Nov. 20, 2014)
  • Decampo v. OS Rest. Servs. LLC et al., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59141 (D. Haw. Apr. 29, 2014)