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Honolulu, HI 96813

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gms@ksglaw.com

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Direct: 808-535-5741
Cell:  808-225-0752

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PRACTICE AREAS
Labor and Employment Law

EDUCATION
University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts

Northwestern University Masters of Business Administration

Northwestern University
School Of Law
Juris Doctor

 

 
     
     
     
     
 

GREGORY M. SATO, PARTNER

Gregory Sato protects the rights of employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Greg has been recognized by his peers for his expertise in labor and employment law.  He has been recognized by Martindale & Hubbell, Chambers and Partners, the Litigation Counsel of America, “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers.” In 2013-14, “Best Lawyers” selected him as Lawyer of the Year in the specialty of Management Labor Law.

PRESENTATIONS:

Greg is a frequent speaker.  Recent presentations include “Employment Practices Liability Insurance” (Hawaii State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Honolulu, HI 2013), “Missing the Ethical Boat in the Digital Age“ (Colorado Bar Association National CLE Conference, Snowmass, CO 2013), “Employment Law Torts” (Hawaii State Bar Association, Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI 2012), “Punitive Damages and Attorney Fees in Arbitration:  A Case of Form Following Function” (ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, ADR in Labor and Employment Law, Mid-Winter Committee Meeting, Los Cabos, Mexico 2011), and “Selected Ethical Issues for Labor and Employment Lawyers” (Hawaii State Bar Association, Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI 2011).

PUBLICATIONS

Greg Sato has a contributing author to a number of publications including “Employment-at-Will: A State by State Survey,” 2013 and 2014 Supplement (BNA); “Q&A Labor & Employment State Surveys: Hawaii” 2013 (Practical Law Company); “The Family Medical Leave Act, 2011 Supplement (BNA). 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Greg has successfully defended clients at both the trial and appellate courts levels in both state and federal court.  Additionally he has appeared in numerous administrative matters involving unemployment insurance, occupational health and safety, employment discrimination, labor arbitration and matters before the National Labor Relations Board.  Greg frequently represents employers in labor negotiations involving the Teamsters, UNITE HERE, and the ILWU. He is well versed in the labor and employment issues arising from the sale or purchase of a business.

Significant decisions include the following:

Camara v. Agsalud, 67 Haw. 212, 685 P.2d 794 (Hawai’i 1984) (Employer established the Hawaii standard for defining “misconduct” in the unemployment insurance benefit cases)

Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Workers, Local 966 v. Department of Labor and Indus. Relations, 110 Hawai’i 259, 132 P.3d 368 (Hawai‘i 2006) (Unemployment benefits denied to striking workers due to a “stoppage of work,” even though employer decided not to operate in the face of economic picketing).

Snider v. Crimson Enterprises, Inc.768 F.Supp. 734 (D. Hawai‘i 1991) (ERISA pre-empted state’s effort to compel employer to provide lifetime medical benefits for a permanently disabled employee, even though employer’s failure to provide health insurance violated Hawaii law).

EDUCATION

Mr. Sato received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California in History.  He earned a joint Masters of Management and Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the School of Law.

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS

Greg has held a number of leadership position in nonprofit and community organizations including the Local Rules Committee for the United States District Court of Hawai’i (1988-1991), Chair of the Hawai’i Public Employees Health Trust Fund (1999-2003), Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (2004-2006), and member and Chair of Hawai’i Public Radio Board of Directors (2005-2011).  Currently, Greg is a Director of the Hawaiian Educational Council, a Director of Arcadia Retirement Residence, and a Trustee of Hanahau’oli School.


 

 
   
     
   
     
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