Lisa Hird Chung


Lisa Hird Chung practices in the area of employment law and litigation. Ms. Chung has defended employers in single plaintiff, representative and class action lawsuits involving wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud, and wage and hour claims, among others. Her trial experience includes representing employers in trade secret misappropriation actions, discrimination lawsuits, and wage and hour cases involving claims of misclassification, unpaid overtime, and meal and rest break violations, for which she has also appeared before the California Labor Commissioner. She has also advised employers on prevailing wage issues. In addition, Ms. Chung has obtained dozens of workplace violence restraining orders for the protection of threatened employees.

Ms. Chung is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was executive editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law, and a summa cum laude graduate of Arizona State University.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained on behalf of Paul Mitchell franchise schools, John Paul Mitchell Systems (manufacturer of Paul Mitchell products) and others an Order from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granting summary judgment in a putative class action case, holding the schools did not owe wages to students who were in training for their profession.
  • Obtained on behalf of an educational services company a victory in the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate District, which remanded the matter with directions to the trial court to enter an order in favor of client's petition to compel arbitration of plaintiff's employment discrimination claims.
  • Served as special outside counsel to the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association and authored the legal opinion affirmed by the Colorado Supreme Court denying an attempt to get the records of the Association's top benefit recipients.
  • Obtained on behalf of a major financial institution a complete defense verdict, after a seven-week trial in California Superior Court in San Bernardino County, with a jury finding that the client was not liable for trade secret misappropriation.
  • Defended at trial a representative action brought under the California Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”) involving employees who claimed they did not receive legally compliant meal and rest periods.
  • Assisted in obtaining a defense verdict in jury trial of employee's claim of age discrimination and fraud.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict before California Labor Commissioner in multiple wage and hour matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law and Litigation


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Supreme Court of California


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2006
    - Executive Editor, Minnesota Journal of International Law
  • Arizona State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2002


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2017-present
    - Associate, 2010-2016
  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP
    - Associate, 2006-2010
    - Summer Associate, 2005
  • Hennepin County Public Defender's Office
    - Law Clerk, 2004-2006
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
    - Judicial Extern to the Hon. John R. Tunheim, 2006

Professional Activities

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Clifford J. Wallace Inn of Court
    - Associate Member, 2008-2010
  • Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court
    - Barrister, 2010-2012, 2015-present
  • Lawyers' Club of San Diego

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015 and 2016
  • State Bar of California, Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, February 2012
  • Moeur Award, Arizona State University, May 2002

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Children At Risk, San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition
    - Coach of local high school mock trial team, 2009-2015
  • Partnerships With Industry
    - Board of Directors and Marketing Committee, 2009-2011

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Manager Trainings: "California Employment Law Essentials," "Positive Employee Relations," and "Preventing Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation," 2012 to present
  • "California's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave: An Overview for Queasy Employers," DMInstitute Webinar Series, May 2015, July 2016 and October 2016
  • "Ten Things Every Employer Should Have in Writing," Duane Morris Breakfast Briefing, September 2016
  • "Compliance Strategies for California's New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Rules," Duane Morris Webinar, July 2016
  • "California's New Laws: Hot Topics and Action Items for Employers," Duane Morris Breakfast Briefings, January 2013, January 2014, January 2015 and January 2016
  • "Surviving the Jungle: Employee Leaves of Absence," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, May 2015
  • "Legal Boot Camp 2015," American Association of Cosmetology Schools, Spring Executive Retreat, Chandler, AZ, May 2015
  • "Top 10 Differences Between FLSA and California Wage and Hour Law," DMInstitute Webinar Series, October 2014
  • "Rattlesnake Ridge: Warning Signs in the Pre-Hire Process," Duane Morris Seminar on Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, May 2014
  • "California Pregnancy and Other Leaves," DMInstitute Webinar Series, May 2013
  • "Finding Clues for Employers in Real-Life Cases," Duane Morris Seminar on Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, May 2013
  • "Hot Topics in California Wage and Hour Law," Duane Morris Breakfast Briefings, March 2012
  • "California Leaves of Absence," DM Webinar Series, September 2011 and May 2012
  • "Big Brother Boss: Controlling Employees' Use of Technology On and Off the Job," Duane Morris 2011 Seminar Series on Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, May 2011
  • "HR Documentation: Rules, Risks and Best Practices," Duane Morris Breakfast Briefings, March 2011
  • "Privacy in the Workplace," Duane Morris Morning Seminar, September 2010; and California Legal Secretaries Association Annual Conference, February 2010
  • "Best Practices in Litigation Hold Notices," Duane Morris briefing, September 2010
  • "Wage and Hour Law Basics" and "Personnel Law 101," San Diego Employers Association, 2008 and 2009