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 his practice at the firm, Mr. Tilker is a Lecturer in Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, teaching a first-year course in legal writing and advocacy.

Mr. Tilker was selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers' 2015 "Rising Stars" list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.


  • 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
  • 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

  • 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)