My name is Ryan Sanada and I am the Director of Legal and Government Affairs for the Hawaii Employers Council (“HEC”). At HEC, I help companies navigate their way through the complex set of Hawaii and Federal labor and employment laws so they can stay compliant with their legal requirements and focus on running their business.
After litigating employment law disputes for 10 years, my goal is now to help companies protect themselves from being sued in the first place. Therefore, I have adopted the motto “the best defense is a good offense” in an effort to assist companies with being proactive about employment-related matters. It is my firm belief that most employment lawsuits can be avoided if companies are proactive, act responsibly, and seek proper guidance or counseling when confronted with workplace issues.
I currently hold Martindale-Hubbell’s highest professional rating possible (“AV-Preeminent“) in the field of Labor and Employment Law. This rating is established through peer reviews from other members of the Bar based upon their knowledge of my work, reputation and integrity. I received my J.D., with honors, from UH Law School, where I served as a Member and Editor of the Law Review and had the honor of working as a Research Assistant for three of my law professors. I earned my B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and am a graduate of Punahou School.
In my spare time, I love to watch UH sports, attend concerts, and most importantly spend quality time with my wife and kids. I am also an avid, but terrible, golfer. (This is one of my favorite holes to play, right here in Hawaii: Kaneohe Klipper 13th Hole.)
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