Employers in numerous industries turn to attorney Iris Chiu for advice and representation in contentious employment disputes and to devise best practices to reduce the risk of litigation.

Iris regularly litigates wage and hour class cases, single-plaintiff actions, and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) matters. She represents employers in disputes involving allegations of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and unfair competition.

Clients seek her practical counseling on human resources issues, including hiring, discipline and termination, leaves of absence, wage and hour issues, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants, and employee handbooks. She also develops and delivers training to managers and employees on employment issues, policies, and practices.

Additionally, Iris is a Certified Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals who has counseled clients on issues relating to state and federal data protection laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act. Clients also value her advice on such matters as surveillance of employees' electronic communications, workplace investigations and searches, and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information.

Focus Areas


  • Obtained a judgment for an employer against a former employee who brought claims of whistleblower retaliation and failure to pay all wages and benefits due under the contract.
  • Represented an automobile repair company at a Labor Commissioner proceeding and successfully had the matter dismissed without any payment.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a wage-and-hour and PAGA lawsuit for a service company.
  • Assisted employers with onboarding managers and employees, including providing sexual harassment prevention trainings and new-hire paperwork.
  • Negotiated severance agreements on behalf of employers and employees in a reduction in force for a large tech company.
  • Advised clients with privacy policy, employee notices, and consumer verification requirements to comply with the CCPA and General Data Protection Regulation.




  • Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 2019)
    • CALI Award for Academic Excellence (Legal Research & Writing)
  • University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 2014)

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, Board Member, Gala Co-Chair, Scholarship Co-Chair
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association – Barristers


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