Corporate, Litigation, and Labor & Employment Lawyers

Honolulu and Hilo, HI

Robert S. Katz


Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, Labor Relations, Health Care

Robert Katz, Senior Labor Counsel, has been practicing law in Hawaii for over 50 years. During that time he has counseled and represented Hawaii, mainland and international based clients in both the private and public sectors in antitrust, business, employment and labor, health care transactions and litigation. Mr. Katz has appeared successfully before Hawaii and federal administrative agencies, arbitrators and Hawaii and federal courts at all levels in Hawaii and on the Mainland, USA. He has also represented both public and private Hawaii, mainland and international base companies in labor negotiations. Mr. Katz is an original and continuing co-editor of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce’s Desk Manual for Employers and its Model Employer Handbook.

Mr. Katz serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Hawaii. He has also served on committees at the American Bar Association (ABA). In addition, he has also been named “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law – Management for Honolulu by Best Lawyers®, which also lists him as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for his legal work in Employment Law – Management, Health Care Law, Labor Law and Litigation – Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Katz has been listed in “Who’s Who” since the publication’s inception. He is the first attorney from Hawaii elected to the College of Labor and Employment Law.


  • Listed in Best Lawyers®, Chamber's and Who's Who since inception
  • Served as Co-Chair of the ABA's Employment and Labor Subcommittee on Antitrust and Labor
  • First attorney from Hawaii elected to the College of Labor and Employment Law

Community Involvement

Mr. Katz serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hawaii Opera Theatre and the Honolulu Contemporary Museum of Art.


  • B.A., 1964, Rutgers University
  • J.D., 1967, University of Michigan Law School
    • Honors: Cum Laude

Admitted to Practice

  • Hawaii State Courts, 1968
  • US District Court for the District of Hawaii, 1968
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1969
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, 2014

Areas of Practice

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