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Iris C. Chiu

Iris C. Chiu


San Jose Office 408.286.5800 Vcard Email

Areas of Focus:

Ms. Chiu regularly litigates and counsels clients on issues pertaining to wage-and-hour class actions and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), cases involving discrimination, retaliation and harassment, compliance with employment discrimination laws, the hiring and termination of employees, negotiating and drafting employment agreements, covenants not to compete, confidentiality agreements, unfair competition, and related matters.

Ms. Chiu is also Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) who has counseled clients on issues relating to state and federal data protection laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), surveillance of employees’ electronic communications, workplace investigations and searches, and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information.

Through her incredible work ethic and commitment to the law, in 2022, Ms. Chiu was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters.

Representative Cases

  • Represented automobile repair company at a Labor Commissioner proceeding and successfully had matter dismissed without payment of any sum.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for wage-and-hour and PAGA lawsuit for a service company.
  • Negotiated severance agreements on behalf of employers and employees during big tech layoffs.
  • Advised clients with privacy policy, employee notices, and consumer verification requirements to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act and General Data Protection Regulation.


  • Born and raised in Los Angeles, California
  • Interests include fantasy football, hot yoga, karaoke, and writing restaurant reviews

Professional Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • All California state courts
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • District Court for the Northern District of California
  • District Court for the Central District of California
  • District Court for the Southern District of California
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, CIPP/US

Articles / Publications

Activities / Memberships

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


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., High Tech Law Certificate – Corporate Specialization
  • University of California – Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science and minor in Asian American Studies


  • Proficient in Cantonese