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Dorothy Liu

Dorothy S. Liu

(415) 995-5046


With nearly 25 years of experience representing employers in the private and public sectors, Dorothy regularly defends complex litigation and class actions for clients. She served as Commissioner on the San Francisco Ethics Commission from 2011 to 2013, having been appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in April 2011. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Dorothy served for two years as Law Clerk to The Honorable Walter E. Webster, Jr. at the Washington State Court of Appeals.

She represents employers in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction and building materials, transportation, federal defense contractors, education and scientific research communities, hospitality, health care, and senior care, which includes medical centers, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing centers.

Dorothy regularly advises clients on risk management and class action avoidance strategies. An integral part of her practice involves working with clients to defend against wage and hour litigation and develop practices and policies aimed at averting class, collective, and representative actions under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). 

In addition, Dorothy defends employers in single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff lawsuits against claims of whistleblower retaliation, wrongful discharge, pay claims, as well as harassment discrimination, retaliation and disability accommodation claims. She frequently advises employers on workplace investigations, managing leaves of absence and disability accommodations, handling employee discipline and terminations, and wage and hour compliance under state and federal law. She handles litigation in state and federal courts throughout California, as well as in arbitration proceedings and before administrative agencies.


J.D. University of Washington School of Law ( 1997 )
B.A. Stanford University ( 1992 )

Admissions and Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Former Co-Chair, Community Services Committee

Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Law Clerk to The Honorable Walter E. Webster, Jr., Washington State Court of Appeals (1997-1999)

Extern to The Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Court, Western District of Washington