Joseph A. Ernst

Joseph A. Ernst

Torkildson Katz, A Law Corporation

Recognized since 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

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Joseph A. Ernst is a Director of the firm and a member of the employment law department. His practice involves counseling and defending employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, and retaliation claims. He also assists clients with employer compliance with state and federal employment and labor laws.

Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, Employment Litigation, Employment Compliance, Labor Relations

Contact & Links
  • Topa Financial Center Building, 15th Floor
    700 Bishop Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813-4187
  • 120 Pauahi Street, Suite 312
    Hilo, HI 96720-3046
  • English
  • University of Pittsburgh, Juris Doctor, graduated 2008
  • University of Tampa, Bachelor of Arts, graduated 2005
Bar Admissions
  • United States, Ninth Circuit 2017
  • Hawaii, 2008
  • United States, District of Hawaii 2008
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Hawaii Employers Counsel - Member
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu - Board of Governors
  • Society for Human Resource Management - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Hawaii Super Lawyers 2014-2017

  • 2018 "Rising Stars" List
  • HONOLULU Magazine's 2021 "Best Lawyers" List
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment


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