Dana A. Barbata


Dana is a litigator and trial attorney with experience in class actions, civil rights, health care, construction, business disputes, professional malpractice, and environmental issues.

Dana’s background includes private practice experience in civil litigation, and government experience as a Deputy Attorney General in the civil rights litigation division of the State of Hawai‘i’s Department of the Attorney General.

She graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2008. During her time as a law student, she interned at the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France, clerked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Denver and also in Washington, DC, and externed with the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide.

Prior to law school, Dana obtained a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television, with a minor in Psychology from Boston University.  She then spent a year as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in the Reno/Tahoe area establishing an outdoor education program for underprivileged children and creating marketing videos and public service announcements about the program.

Dana is a litigator and trial attorney.  She has gone to trial on Oahu, Kauai, and Maui, and in Federal District Court.  Notably, in January 2019, after a five-week federal jury trial, she obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict in a construction, breach of contract, and fraud matter.  Dana has argued before most of the Judges in the state and federal courts. Substantive motions she has prevailed on include motions to dismiss, for summary judgment, for class certification, and for preliminary injunctions.  Dana has also contributed to appellate briefs submitted to the Intermediate Court of Appeals, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As a zealous advocate, Dana appreciates the value of resolution without court involvement or protracted litigation and has participated in many successful mediations and settlement conferences.


  • J.D. (2008), University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • B.S. (2003), Boston University
  • Diploma (1999), Punahou School

Awards and Honors

  • Pacific Business News, 40 under 40
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch since 2021


  • Colorado State Bar
  • Hawai‘i State Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association
  •  American Bar Association
  •  Federal Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Access to Justice Room, Honolulu District Court
  • Volunteer, Legal Lines, Hawai‘i State Bar Association
  • Board Member, Hawai‘i Parkinson Association
  • Board Member,  Blue Planet Foundation’s Young Professional Ambassador Board
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Hawai‘i Chapter Direction and Program Committee