DELIVERING STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS
Phyllis W. Cheng delivers strategic solutions as a mediator, arbitrator and investigator. She is on the neutral panels of ADR Services, Inc., U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Profiled in the Daily Journal and its Resolution Issue cover story, Ms. Cheng has resolved disputes on employment, wage and hour, class actions, civil rights, governmental entities, public accommodations, housing, education and appeals, among others.
Ms. Cheng served in the administrations of California Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown. For nearly seven years, she was Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the largest state civil rights agency in the United States. Among other things, Ms. Cheng oversaw six and seven-figure settlements, the highest in DFEH history. She established a dispute resolution division, a special investigations unit and an education pipeline, and worked on reforming the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Ms. Cheng was also a Senior Appellate Court Attorney, Deputy Attorney General, and member of the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, Comparable Worth Task Force, and Commission on the Status of Women.
Ms. Cheng is co-editor of California Fair Housing and Public Accommodations (The Rutter Group Civil Litigation Series), author of the California Lawyers Association's Labor & Employment Case Law Alert, and contributor to various publications, including Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group California Practice Guide), California Labor & Employment Law Review, Daily Journal, Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, The Corporate Counselor, Law.com and Cal Bar Journal. The State Bar named her the 2012 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year. Inside Counsel Magazine featured her on its May 2014 cover.
Ms. Cheng received her B.A. and M.Ed. from UCLA, J.D. from Southwestern Law School, and Ph.D. from USC, where she was a James Irvine Fellow.
Phyllis Cheng's photo by Asa Mathat Photography, February 2017. Licensed to Phyllis Cheng.