Employers in various industries rely on attorney Tryphena Liu (“Tri-FEE-nuh LEE-yoo”) to help represent them in labor and employment matters, including employment litigation involving PAGA claims and allegations of discrimination, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment.

She also assists employers with internal investigations of employee complaints and represents employers during government audits. Additionally, Tryphena advises clients, and presents seminars, in both English and Mandarin, on wage and hour issues, compliance with COVID-19 regulations, corporate compliance, and employment contracts.

Tryphena has performed pro bono work at the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles’ Sojourn Legal Clinic, representing victims of domestic violence.

During law school, Tryphena served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge Roy L. Paul of the Los Angeles Superior Court and as Senior Staff Research Editor of the UC Irvine Law Review. Before becoming a law student, Tryphena interned in the office of U.S. Representative Judy Chu of California.

Focus Areas



  • University of California, Irvine School of Law (J.D., 2018)
    • Senior Staff Research Editor, UC Irvine Law Review
    • Pro Bono High Honors
  • Scripps College (B.A., cum laude, 2015)

Bar Admissions

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Access to Justice Committee (2021 to Present)
  • California Lawyers Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association, Non-Profit Board Member (2021 to Present)
  • NAPABA Young Lawyers Network: ABA Young Lawyers Division Council (2022 to Present)
  • President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession (2021 to Present)





  • Author, “Untangling Tinker and Defining the Scope of the Heckler’s Veto Doctrine’s Protection of Students’ Free Speech Rights,” 9 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 829 (2019).
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