Heather Knutson, Senior HR Consultant/Staff Attorney. Heather provides HR consultation services to HEC’s member companies. She has extensive experience counseling companies on human resource matters, providing training on employee relations and employment law subjects, drafting and revising employee handbooks and other employment-related documents, and representing companies in litigation and alternative dispute resolution of federal and state discrimination, harassment, disability, whistleblower, labor and other claims. Heather drafts and publishes HEC's weekly news digest as well as other resources, research reports, guides and tools for use by Council members.
Heather received her undergraduate degree from New College of Florida, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane Law School. She joined HEC after more than 8 years in private legal practice advising and advocating on behalf of Hawaii employers with the Torkildson, Katz et al. law firm. Heather is a member of SHRM and SHRM Hawaii. She served on the Board of Directors of SHRM Hawaii for seven years, including in the role of Board President in 2015.