Kelly Y. Chen, Esq.

Kelly Chen, Attorney
Law Office of Kelly Y. Chen

Kelly Y. Chen is a graduate of 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 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. 


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 has been recognized as one of the Super Lawyers' Southern California Rising Stars from 2012-2018 and was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2019.  

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS 
California Employment Lawyers Association 2019 Annual Conference, San Jose, California, Speaker on Serving Non-English Speaking Clients

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

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
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
Legal Eagles for Truth, Justice & American Way (LEFTJAW)
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)