Ilana K. Waxman is the managing partner at Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman. Ilana focuses her practice on clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases, pesticide injury cases, sexual abuse cases, and other product liability and wrongful death claims.


Ilana was born and raised on Maui, and attended Wesleyan University and University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was a member of the Hastings Law Review and graduated first in her law school class.


Ilana’s insightful legal analysis has brought her to the forefront of some of the most important legal issues in asbestos and product liability litigation. She is a frequent speaker at national asbestos conferences and seminars on topics ranging from household exposures to electrical equipment to government contractor liability.

Ilana is also an advocate for the rights of victims of corporate wrongdoing in the political arena. She is a Past President of the Hawaii Association for Justice and serves on the national Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) as well as the Board of the Hawai’i State Bar Foundation (HSBF).


Ilana firmly believes that it is the obligation of every lawyer in a democratic society to make sure that the legal system works for ordinary working people and does not simply become a tool of large corporations and manufacturers.

She brings this commitment to our asbestos and mesothelioma clients and their families.  As managing partner at the Galiher firm, Ilana works every day to hold corporations and insurance companies accountable for their role in creating one of the greatest public health disasters this country has ever seen. She is proud to fight for justice for individuals who are suffering from preventable diseases due to the greed or callousness of others.