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Barbara A. Petrus
  • Partner, 1989


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Barbara is an exceptional litigator dedicated to helping clients navigate through complicated employment issues. Her extensive experience in management labor and employment law has been generating results for clients since 1982.

Barbara engages in several practice areas, ranging from employment policies to collective bargaining. She also has experience defending discharge and contract interpretation union grievance cases before labor arbitrators.


A black belt in hapkido, Barbara enjoys teaching martial arts to children. She also serves on the board of the American Heart Association, Hawai‘i Division.


  • Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Russell Sage College, Troy, New York
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Honors: cum laude

Published Works

  • Note, Defamation and the First Amendment in the Corporate Context, 46 Albany Law Review 603, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983

Professional Associations

  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Member
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Member, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Past Chair, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Federal Bar Association
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow

Practice Areas:

  • Labor and Employment


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year in Honolulu, 2016
  • Chambers USA, 2019
  • Super Lawyers, 2019

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Board, Hawai‘i Division, American Heart Association