Connie K. Chan

(415) 421-7151 ext. 308

B.A., Yale College
J.D., Yale Law School

Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Hon. Lucy H. Koh, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Connie’s practice consists primarily of representing workers, unions, and public interest organizations in complex impact and appellate litigation, including in matters of employment, civil rights, and constitutional law. She has briefed multiple cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, and the California Courts of Appeal on a wide range of issues, and has argued in the Ninth Circuit and in the federal and state trial courts. Connie’s practice also includes legislative drafting and client advice.

In 2017, Connie was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” in the Worker Health and Safety category for her work on Kilby v. CVS in the California Supreme Court establishing workers’ right to “suitable seating” under California’s wage orders. Connie previously served as a councilmember on the California Fair Employment and Housing Council, and as a deputy city attorney in the Affirmative Litigation Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

In addition to California, Connie is admitted to practice in New York.

Representative matters:

  • Helped secure $7.5 million settlement of a nationwide FLSA class action on behalf of low-wage pest elimination workers.
  • Represented workers in two successful Ninth Circuit appeals reversing denials of class certification.
  • Helped obtain emergency injunction before the November 2016 election restoring thousands of purged North Carolina voters to the voter rolls.
  • Helped secure an emergency injunction pending appeal and a consent decree preventing the immediate privatization of county hospitals that would have resulted in hundreds of workers losing the benefits and protections of their labor contract.
  • Successfully handled multiple contract interpretation and employee discipline arbitrations.
  • Assisted in obtaining a pro-worker interpretation by the California Supreme Court of the state’s “suitable seating” law.