Joseph T. Rosenbaum – Attorney

Joseph Rosenbaum provides trial experience and a proven track record of success litigating and settling lawsuits involving: employment law, discrimination, civil rights, whistleblower retaliation, police misconduct and prisoner’s rights. Mr. Rosenbaum is also experienced in handling criminal defense matters.

Mr. Rosenbaum has successfully litigated numerous cases in the Hawai’i’s federal and circuit courts, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and is one of a small group of attorneys in Hawai’i who have been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Rosenbaum is recognized as an expert in the areas of employment law and police misconduct and has taught seminars in these areas of the law.

After clerking with his current law partner Elizabeth Jubin Fujiwara during law school, Mr. Rosenbaum established his current law firm, Fujiwara and Rosenbaum, LLLC, with Ms. Fujiwara in 2010. Mr. Rosenbaum prides himself on providing zealous advocacy for his clients and assisting them through a troubled time in their lives.

Significant Court Victories:

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Cordeiro v. U.S., 638 Fed.Appx. 634, 2016 WL 684964 (9th Cir. 2015)

Representing Mr. Cordeiro who was brutalized by federal police officers. Court finding that officers that used excessive force in arresting non-threatening motorist after stopping him for minor traffic violation were not entitled to immunity.


Hawai’i Supreme Court

Gabriel v. Island Pacific Academy, 140 Haw. 325, 400 P.3d 526 (2017). Representing a teacher who was terminated after objecting to sexual harassment in the workplace. Court finding that the arbitration agreement’s cost-splitting provision was unconscionable and unenforceable in teacher’s discriminatory retaliation action against school.


Link to Oral Argument:

Hawai’i Federal District Court

Henao v. Wyndham Vacations Resorts, Inc., 927 F. Supp.2d 978 (D. Haw. 2013) Representing Hispanic man that was harassed in the workplace based on his age and national origin. Winning at summary judgment on Plaintiff Henao’s hostile work environment claim as the severity of supervisor’s purported comments precluded summary judgment on Henao’s hostile work environment claims.


Chan v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, 124 F. Supp. 3d 1045 (D. Haw. 2015) Representing whistleblower. Plaintiff Chan prevails at summary judgment on retaliation claim under Hawai’i’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.


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Practice Areas:

Civil Rights
Labor and Employment
Federal Sector Employment
Criminal Defense
Medical Marijuana

Law School:

University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, J.D.


University of Hawaii on Dean’s List for All Semesters Attended, Biology Major.

Admitted to Practice:

All Courts in the State of Hawai’i.
United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.
The United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The United States Supreme Court.


Hawaii State Bar Association
HSBA Labor and Employment Section
HSBA Litigation Section
Volunteer Attorney with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii
National Employment Lawyers Association Hawaii Chapter
Hawaii Innocence Project (2007-2009).