Kelly Y. Chen graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She has experience in labor and employment law and has worked tirelessly to empower traditionally underrepresented individuals in California. Ms. Chen opened her law practice immediately after graduating from law school in 2007 with the hopes of fighting for the rights of employees, particularly low-wage and immigrant workers, as well as those in the LGBT population. She is highly knowledgeable in employment law and is fluent in Mandarin-Chinese and conversational Taiwanese.
Ms. Chen is a graduate of the original Trial Lawyers College (TLC) where trial lawyers are taught to be authentic in representing the rights of the people. In her own words: “I see you. Your pain is real. You matter to me. You have a human story.”
While in law school, Ms. Chen was a member of the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic. She received numerous awards and honors as a law student, including the California Employment Lawyers Association Diversity Scholarship, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. Prior to law school, Ms. Chen obtained her M.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine with honors.
She was recognized as one of the Super Lawyers' Southern California Rising Stars from 2012-2018 and has been selected as a Super Lawyer from 2019-2022.
California Employment Lawyers Association 2009 Annual Conference, Oakland California, Speaker on Surviving and Thriving in Solo Practice
California Employment Lawyers Association 2012 Annual Conference, Los Angles, California, Speaker on Practice Tips for New Lawyers
California Employment Lawyers Association 2017 Annual Conference, Oakland, California, Speaker on Essentials of Discrimination Claims - Discovery and MSJ
California Employment Lawyers Association 2019 Annual Conference, San Jose, California, Speaker on Serving Non-English Speaking Clients
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
State Bar of California, 2007
All District Courts of California 2011/2013
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 2014
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Trial Lawyers College (TLC), Alum
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
Legal Eagles for Truth, Justice & American Way (LEFTJAW)
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)