Anna Elento-Sneed


Labor and Employment
Government Contracts
Business Strategy

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D.)
Scripps College (B.A., Psychology, and B.A., Political Science, from Claremont Men's College)

U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai'i
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Labor law

  • Representation proceedings
  • Unfair labor practice proceedings
  • Back pay and special proceedings
  • Collective bargaining
  • Section 301 cases
  • Secondary boycotts and picketing

Wrongful termination

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) (discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues)

Wage and hour

  • Employee benefits (statutory benefits, leaves of absence, medical and other insured plans, reporting and disclosure under ERISA, ERISA claims, COBRA, HIPAA)

 Business transactions and strategies

  • Labor and employment issues in acquisitions, sales, mergers, reorganizations, reductions in force)
  • Governance and management systems
  • Organizational change and strategic planning
  • Leadership development and performance management
  • Design of HR systems

Human resource management and training (handbooks, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, job descriptions, development and maintenance of HR systems, management training)

Safety & health (OSHA, workplace violence, drug testing)

Proprietary rights (proprietary rights, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements)

Workplace privacy

Immigration (employee verification, RCA discrimination claims)

Government contracts and grants

  • Davis-Bacon
  • Service Contract Act
  • Executive Order 11246 (Affirmative Action Plans)
  • Drug-Free Workplace and Workforce Program
  • Contract and grant administration

Education law

  • Enrollment contracts, student and parent handbooks
  • Investigation of student complaints, including discrimination and harassment
  • Student disciplinary issues, including expulsion
  • Student claims for breach of contract, discrimination and harassment


  • Employment Law Alliance
    • Board of Directors (2014-2020)
    • Hawai'i representative
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Hawai'i chapter
    • State Director (2012)
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment section
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment section


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating (1997-present)
  • Chambers USA™, Labor & Employment (2007-present)
  • Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2008-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Employment Law - Management (2006-present)
    • Labor Law - Management (2006-present) 
    • Litigation - Labor and Employment (2006-present)
    • 2020 Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Honolulu