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Marr Jones & Wang LLP

Address:
Marr Jones & Wang LLP
Pauahi Tower
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 536-4900
Fax: (808) 536-6700
Web site: marrjones.com
Firm Size: 14 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Barry W. Marr
bmarr@marrjones.com

Firm Description

In 1995, the founding lawyers of Marr Jones & Wang LLP left the state’s two largest law firms to form what is now the largest law firm in Hawaii devoted exclusively to the representation of management in labor and employment law matters. Labor and employment law presents unique issues and requires unique strategies; we believe employers are best served by attorneys who have devoted their careers to this area of the law.

Clients of the firm include both Hawaii and mainland-based companies, including: financial institutions; construction companies; federal contractors; retailers; manufacturers; hotels; medical centers; marine, airline and other transportation companies; as well as the State of Hawaii and its counties. Employers call on our firm for assistance in all areas of labor and employment law, from counseling and compliance to negotiations and collective bargaining to litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. Our lawyers have represented clients before both state and federal administrative agencies, and before the highest courts in the nation.

Each of our attorneys and paralegals has dedicated his or her career to labor and employment law. With a breadth of experience ranging from one to more than 30 years, our attorneys are able to staff client projects very efficiently, ranging from discrete legal questions to complex employment litigation.

Our firm has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the publishers of the nationwide legal directory. This is the highest rating awarded and is based on legal ability and adherence to ethical standards of practice. The firm is also listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

 

Attorney Biographies

Christopher J. Cole
Christopher J. Cole graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., English and History) and University of California Hastings College of the Law (J.D.) and has represented Hawai`i employers in labor and employment matters since 1992. He has defended employers in numerous litigation cases involving allegations of sexual harassment, retaliation, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age and pregnancy discrimination, whistleblowing, trade secret/non-compete agreement enforcement, wage and hour laws, and executive contracts.

Patrick H. Jones
Patrick H. Jones graduated from Georgetown University (B.S., magna cum laude) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude). He has spent his entire professional career representing management in various employment-related matters, including discrimination and harassment claims in the courts and before the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has also represented clients in compliance reviews and complaint investigations conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. He has significant "traditional" labor law experience, including arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements and claims before federal and state administrative agencies.

Darin R. Leong
Prior to joining the firm on January 31, 2007, Mr. Leong was an attorney in the labor and employment department of Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City. Mr. Leong counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour compliance and disability accommodation. He also represents management with respect to traditional labor matters before the National Labor Relations Board, collective bargaining, arbitration under collective bargaining agreements and obtaining court injunctions against illegal strikes and job actions. In addition, Mr. Leong represents musicians, artists, record labels and distributors with respect to their rights under copyright and trademark law. He is licensed to practice in the states of Hawaii and New York.

Barry W. Marr
Barry W. Marr graduated from Hobart College (B.A.), Albany Law School of Union University (J.D.) and Georgetown University Law Center (L.L.M.). Following law school, he was counsel to the Chair of the National Labor Relations Board. He has broad experience in both traditional labor law and employment law. In addition to representing employers in more than 250 cases before arbitrators and administrative agencies, he has served as both spokesperson and as counsel in collective bargaining negotiations. He also has litigated employment disputes in federal and state courts involving breach of contract, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, defamation, fraud, and sexual harassment. He has served as an adjunct professor and has lectured on labor and employment law matters both in Hawaii and on the mainland. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; he is listed in  America's Leading Business Lawyer; and he is a contributing Editor of The Developing Labor Law, published by the Bureau of National Affairs. 

Richard M. Rand
Mr. Rand has practiced labor and employment law in Hawaii for over 26 years. He has counseled employers on a wide range of federal and state legal issues including employment claims, wage and hour law, complex labor negotiations and Davis Bacon Act compliance. In addition, he has been lead counsel in jury trials in both federal and state court and has argued numerous cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Hawaii Appellate Courts. Mr. Rand also represents employers in arbitration and mediation proceedings. He has represented both buyers and sellers in the labor and employment aspects of many major real estate transactions. Mr. Rand has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America as one of Hawaii’s premier employment lawyers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii. Mr. Rand is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center.

Megumi Sakae
Megumi Sakae is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis where she was an associate editor of the law review. She has represented clients in arbitrations before the National Association of Securities Dealers (now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and American Arbitration Association as well as in mediations. Ms. Sakae also advises clients on preventive labor and employee relations practices, including sexual harassment, employment discrimination, employment contracts, severance agreements, protection of trade secrets and restrictive covenants, leave laws, and wage and hour compliance.

Lynne T. Toyofuku
Lynne T. Toyofuku has extensive experience in client counseling and training, arbitration, mediation, administrative agency practice before the NLRB, the EEOC, the DOL Wage and Hour Division, the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, and Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and federal and state court litigation. She serves as an arbitrator on the Court Annexed Arbitration Program and as a delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University, cum laude, and her law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Sarah O. Wang
Sarah O. Wang graduated from Whitman College (B.A., summa cum laude with distinction) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.), where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review. Following law school, she clerked for the late Judge Charles E. Wiggins of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including federal and state court litigation, administrative audits and hearings, labor arbitrations, and federal and state appellate cases. She also devotes a substantial amount of her practice to providing training and guidance for employers and their supervisory employees to assist them in managing personnel issues and in complying with various employment laws. Ms. Wang has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and she has been listed in the Chambers USA directory, America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004.

Christopher S. Yeh
Christopher S. Yeh graduated from Harvard University (B.A., summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude). He joined the firm as an associate in December 1998 and became a partner in 2003. He advises companies on a wide range of employment matters and has successfully represented employers in proceedings before the state and federal courts in Hawaii, the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. He has represented employers in labor arbitrations and in representation hearings at the National Labor Relations Board. He is an adjunct professor at both the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law and at Hawaii Pacific University.

Eileen C. Zorc
Eileen C. Zorc has litigated a wide variety of employment cases, including defending employers against claims of wrongful termination, defamation, discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, race, national origin, age, and disability, failure to accommodate, as well as breach of contract claims, among other employment claims. Ms. Zorc is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center. She is licensed to practice in California and is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in California, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and the D.C. Circuits.

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