Kelly Y. Chen is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She has extensive experience in labor and employment law and has worked tirelessly to empower traditionally underrepresented individuals in the Southern and Northern California communities. Ms. Chen opened her own law practice immediately after graduating from law school 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 various issues in the workplace, including but not limited to wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and wage and hour compliance, and is fluent in Mandarin-Chinese and Taiwanese.
While in law school, Ms. Chen was a member of Hastings’ Civil Justice Clinic. She received numerous awards and honors as a law student, including the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Diversity Scholarship, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. Prior to law school, Ms. Chen obtained her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine with honors, as well as a M.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
She was recognized as one of Super Lawyers’ Southern California Rising Stars in 2012 and 2013.
Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin, Russian
Licensed since 2007
Attorney Kelly Chen is a gifted litigator who specializes in representing plaintiffs in employment cases. A highly skilled attorney who will not relent to big law or big corporations. Lawyers respect Ms. Chen for her professionalism and zealous advocacy.
Stanley Shen Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Attorney Kelly Chen is a very diligent, strategic, passionate, and smart employment litigator. She is an attorney that does not proceed unless she makes sure that every law or evidence is explored to ensure that she can get the most for her clients. I am very impressed with her work and professional ethics.
Sally Chan Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Southern California Rising Stars - Employment & Labor Law||Southern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|Southern California Rising Stars - Employment & Labor Law||Southern California Super Lawyers||2012|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance||Member||2009 - Present|
|Legal Eagles for Truth, Justice and the American Way||Member||2008 - Present|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|UC Hastings COL||N/A||law||N/A|
|Univ of California Irvine||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|California Employment Lawyers Association 2012 Annual Conference||Practice Tips for New Lawyers||2012|
|California Employment Lawyers Association 2009 Annual Conference||Surviving and Thriving in Solo Practice||2009|