Lani Narikiyo joined Watanabe Ing in November 1990 and is a partner in the area of labor and employment law.  In her over 20 years of practice, Ms. Narikiyo has represented a wide array of companies on numerous aspects of labor and employment law.  Ms. Narikiyo provides proactive regulatory, compliance and training work for employers that have organized work forces, as well as strategic counsel and negotiation support for those clients whose workforces who may consider organizing in the future.  Her broad expertise in the variety of employment issues that affect both employers and employees allows her to be agile and proactive in the management of employment situations on behalf of her clients.

Ms. Narikiyo routinely advises management on personnel policy and employment issues, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, retaliation, and reasonable accommodation, among others.  Ms. Narikiyo also has assisted organized employers with contract administration and labor negotiations, serving both as strategic counsel and as chief spokesperson.  Recognizing that there are real people with real hardships behind each dispute, she contributes a high level of professionalism, compassion and composure to each interaction, even in the most highly charged situations.

Ms. Narikiyo has represented employers in proceedings before the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, as well in state and federal court, and arbitration and mediation.  Ms. Narikiyo is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.  Prior to joining Watanabe Ing, Ms. Narikiyo served as a law clerk at the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii, to the Honorable Robert G. Klein.

Practice Areas


  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, J.D., 1988
  • Pomona College, B.A. in Economics, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Hawai’i
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit