Corianne W. Lau

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers

Stockholder / Director

Oahu (Honolulu) 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI 96813

About Cori

Corianne Lau loves the challenge of helping employers navigate through the maze of employment laws to manage companies’ employment relationships effectively. Her practice focuses on advising businesses on employment-related issues, governmental requirements and procurement matters. Cori’s administrative law and litigation experience serve her clients well when “gently persuading” or facing off against government agencies. “I help companies prevent disputes but I also advocate for and advise them at each step to produce the best results if they get into a fight.”

Cori counsels companies ranging from small businesses to large multinational corporations. She has a special affinity for helping nonprofits solve problems and stay out of trouble. In fact, her passion for community service shows through her numerous nonprofit affiliations. She is a director of the East-West Center Foundation, a former member of the Board of Governors of the East-West Center, and served as a director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the YWCA of O`ahu, the Hawai`i Women’s Legal Foundation and more. Her professional affiliations include membership in of the National Contract Management Association, the Employment Law Committee of DRI (formerly Defense Research Institute) and the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a past director of the Bar Hawaii State Bar Association and a former Co-Chair of the bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee.

Having raised twins, Cori is adept at sensing trouble, multi-tasking and administering “tough-love” — skills that are appreciated by her clients.

Awards and Recognition

Practice Areas

Other Areas

Additional Information

Government Contracts
  • Solicitation evaluation and bid or proposal preparation issues
  • Protests against solicitation and award
  • Contract performance/administration issues
  • Public contract labor standards and employment issues
  • Claims and disputes
  • Administrative hearings
Employment Law
  • Equal employment opportunity (discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues), including EEOC and HCRC investigations, mediation, arbitration, and litigation
  • Wrongful termination
  • Wage and hour
  • Human resources advising
  • Personnel management and training (handbooks, employment contracts, independent contract agreements, severance agreements, job descriptions, HR systems, and management training)
  • Proprietary rights (restrictive covenants, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements)
  • Safety and health (OSHA, workplace violence, substance abuse)
  • Workplace privacy
  • Litigation, arbitration, mediation, administrative hearings
Administrative Law
  • Business and professional licensing
  • Agency investigations
  • Administrative hearings
Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Contracts
  • Contract disputes
  • Construction disputes and litigation
  • Products liability defense
  • Alternative dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation
Admitted to Practice
  • Hawai`i
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Affiliations
  • Society of Human Resources Management
    • Member, Employment Law Group
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute)
    • Member, Employment Law Committee
  • National Contract Management Association
    • Member
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
    • Former Director (1999-2000, 2002-2006)
    • Former co-chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Hawai`i Women Lawyers
    • Past President (1993); Member (1985-present)
  • Hawai`i Women’s Legal Foundation
    • Past President (2000); Director (1989-2001)
  • East-West Center Foundation, Board of Directors (2016)
  • East-West Center
    • Former Member Board of Governors
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i
    • Former Director
  • YWCA of Oahu
    • Former Director
  • Court Annexed Arbitration Program, 1st Circuit Court
    • Arbitrator
Awards & Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Arbitration (2012-present)
    • Employment Law – Management (2013-present)
    • Labor and Employment Law (2011)
    • Labor and Employment Litigation (2012-present)
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Labor and Employment Litigation, 2017)
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Future Star: General Commrcial, Government Contracts, Labor & Employment (2015)
  • Chambers USA™ Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Commercial Litigation (2014)
  • Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD)
    • Honolulu Leadership Dialogue delegate (2014)
Education
  • Lewis and Clark Law School, fka Northwestern School of Law (J.D.)
  • Lewis and Clark College (B.A.)
Publications