Brian W. Tilker

Business Litigation and 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, mass torts, toxic torts, real estate, trusts and estates, tax controversy, ERISA, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation in state and federal courts. He has successfully argued before both state and federal trial and appellate courts. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tilker 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.

Education

  • 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)

Community Involvement/Professional Memberships

  • Adjunct professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law (Legal Writing and Advocacy)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • New York State Bar, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2009
  • Hawaii State Bar, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2016

Areas of Practice

Representative Experience

  • 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)