Staci M. Fujikawa joined Watanabe Ing LLP as an associate in 2005. She is currently a partner in the firm’s labor, employment and employee benefits group, and throughout her time at Watanabe Ing has worked on a wide variety of cases within this practice area.

Ms. Fujikawa recently worked on a large business acquisition, assisting with a broad range of labor and employment issues, including working with four labor unions, transitioning and onboarding employees, drafting employee notices, working on contract negotiation issues, and defending grievances and unfair labor practice charges.

Ms. Fujikawa also handles many of the firm’s employment cases, including large discrimination cases, employee retaliation cases, and administrative proceedings (such as those involving the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor and other state agency proceedings). Ms. Fujikawa also provides day-to-day legal counsel to clients dealing with employment, labor and union issues. Ms. Fujikawa assists her clients in being proactive in preventing employment and labor litigation, including drafting and updating company employee handbooks and policies, conducting legal training for new and existing clients, and serving as a primary advisor for any questions or issues clients may have regarding their employees.

Ms. Fujikawa is always thinking ahead and identifying potential risks for her clients. As a professional dedicated to providing clients and their businesses with the highest level of counsel, Ms. Fujikawa consistently monitors all current events and changes to labor and employment laws to inform and advise her clients. Additionally, she has conducted seminars for the Hawai‘i Employers Council on topics such as ADA discrimination and general employment law updates.

Ms. Fujikawa is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law. While in law school, she was a casenote editor for the University of Hawai‘i Law Review and president of the Pacific Asian Legal Studies Organization.

Practice Areas

Education

  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, J.D. cum laude, 2005
    Lawrence H. Kono Memorial Award
    CALI Award in Second-Year Seminar
  • University of Hawaii, B.A. in History and Political Science summa cum laude, 2002
    Presidential Scholarship for Excellence
    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Hawai’i