Yen P. Chau Partner (510) 451-3300 ychau@donahue.com Download vCard LinkedIn

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A member of the firm’s Employment and Litigation practice groups, partner Yen Chau handles virtually all aspects of employment-related matters and complex commercial litigation. Yen is also a registered patent attorney and is based in our Oakland office.

A Valuable Asset to Employers
A seasoned employment law litigator, Yen handles claims involving alleged FEHA/Title VII violations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination. She also represents her clients in cases involving trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour violations. She litigates in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative boards and the appellate courts. She has significant experience advising clients on performance management, disability accommodation, non-competes, and other issues associated with the terms and conditions of employment. A guiding force and advocate for her employer clients, Yen provides advice and guidance to avoid potential pitfalls, drafts employment handbooks, and designs processes to ensure legal compliance while minimizing risk and expense.

Letters of the Law
As a knowledgeable author and speaker, Yen frequently presents and writes on labor and employment topics. In 2021 Yen was appointed to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association, Labor and Employment Section. Yen is also currently a Board of Director for the Alameda County Bar Association, since 2019. Previously, she served on the Board of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Section, and in 2017, was President of the Board.

Before Donahue Fitzgerald
Prior to joining the firm, Yen handled a wide range of employment and commercial litigation cases including corporate dissolution, will and trust contests, professional malpractice, toxic torts, and personal injury and wrongful death actions. She has a strong scientific background and has worked in biotech as a research associate for a gene therapy company.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Executive Committee Member, Labor and Employment Section, California Lawyers Association, present
  • Director, Board of Directors, Alameda County Bar Association, 2019-present
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association
  • President, Employment Section, Contra Costa Bar Association, 2017

Past Articles/News

Recent Speaking Engagements

December 08, 2020 | Webinar
2021 Annual Employment Law Update

December 03, 2020 | Webinar
2021 Annual Employment Law Update

May 28, 2020 | Webinar
CCCEAC 2020 Employment Law News & Update: Adjusting To A New Normal
Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council

March 11, 2020 | Oakland, CA
NCHRA 2020 HR West Conference
Next Concept HR Association (NCHRA)

February 19, 2020
Independent Contractor vs Employee Classification
Law Firm Alliance

December 12, 2019 | San Rafael, CA
2020 Annual Employment Law Update

December 10, 2019 | Walnut Creek, CA
2020 Annual Employment Law Update

December 05, 2019 | Oakland, CA
2020 Annual Employment Law Update

Past Speaking Engagements