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Joseph A. Ernst

Employment and labor Attorney at Honolulu, HI

4.3   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2008
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 Joseph A. Ernst is an attorney with the law firm Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris.  His practice involves counseling and defending both large and small employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. He also assists clients with employer compliance with state and federal employment and labor laws including drafting employee handbooks, personnel policies, and other employment related agreements. Additionally, Joe represents property owners and management companies in state and federal claims alleging housing discrimination.


Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris
700 Bishop St.
Topa Financial Ctr., Bishop St. Twr.
Honolulu, HI, 96813-4124

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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2014
Excellent attorney !
Mr. Joseph Ernst is very excellent attorney with good work ethics. When we first called to his office, he picked up the phone himself. He took time to listen to our case. He is very professional and very sympathetic. He helped us in one of the very difficult situation in our lives. We just want to say that we really appreciate him very much.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2014
Best employment/contract lawyer in Honolulu!
Mr. Joseph A. Ernst is very excellent lawyer. He is very professional, knowledgable, trustworthy, promptly responsive, and compassionate to his clients. We found him from the website of his company. When we first decided to call to his office, Joe picked up the phone right away. He took time to listen to our problems and he reassured us that he would try to help us as best as he can. Joe is very knowledgable in his expertise very well. He set up appointment and took time to listen to us and explained everything in details very clearly, step by step. Joe always kept us informed and responded to us promptly. He has excellent work ethics and we feel very comfortable and very confident to have him as our lawyer. Finally, Joe helped us get through one of the most difficult time in our lives successfully. We really recommend Joe, and you will never feel disappointed. Thank you very much for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2015
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Joseph Ernst responds
I could not use Joseph Ernst because he does not represents plaintiffs. I like him because he did reply even though he couldn't help me and he even gave me 2 other attorneys to call.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Carlsmith Ball, LLP
  • 2008 - 2011


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Tampa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McMillan v. BSA-Aloha Council
  • Prevailed
  • Clark v. Goodwill Indus. of Haw., Inc.
  • Prevailed
  • Alaka’i Na Keiki, Inc. v. Hamamoto


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Hawaii Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Hawaii Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014


  • Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
  • Chamber Desk Manual (18th Ed.)
  • 2015
  • Community Ass’n (Cmty. Ass’n Inst., Haw. Chapter)
  • Occupancy Discrimination vs The Federal Fair Housing Act, Haw.
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Stop Doing Performance Reviews
  • Practical Termination Tips
  • 2015
  • Employment Law For Owners, Managers, and Supervisors
  • Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act
  • 2015
  • Understanding the ADA
  • Various ADA topics
  • 2014
  • Technology in the Workplace in Hawaii
  • Company Policies re Email, Internet and Computer Usage; E-Discovery; Safeguarding Company Data
  • 2014
  • Human Resources Law From Start to Finish
  • Employee Handbooks and Policies; Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Context
  • 2014
  • 2014 Maui Employment Law Seminar
  • Changes in Labor and Employment Law
  • 2014
  • 2014 Hawaii Employment Law Seminar
  • Discrimination and Harassment Law Update; Social Media and Technology in the Workplace Update
  • 2014
  • 2014 Hawaii (Kona) Employment Law Seminar
  • Changes in Labor and Employment Law
  • 2014
  • 2013 Hawaii Employment Law Seminar
  • Documenting discipline; Reasonable Accommodations: Disability, Victim Status and Religion
  • 2013
  • 2012 Hawaii Employment Law Seminar
  • Harassment in the Technology Era; Master Class on ADAAA and Reasonable Accommodation Issues
  • 2012
  • 2011 Hawaii Employment Law Seminar
  • EEO Updates; Handbook Updates
  • 2011
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Honolulu Employment and labor Lawyer Joseph A. Ernst
Joseph A. Ernst
Employment and labor Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 15 years