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Selwyn Chu Associate

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Selwyn represents and advises employers and management on a range of employment matters. He regularly defends clients in state and federal courts against single plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation as well as wage and hour class and PAGA claims. Where applicable, he has moved successfully to compel these claims to arbitration, a more employer-friendly forum.

On behalf of clients, Selwyn also has resolved claims and charges before state and federal agencies from the CRD and EEOC to the DLSE.

When not advocating for clients in adversarial proceedings, Selwyn provides advice and counsel on day-to-day workplace issues like hiring and firing, discipline, accommodation and leave, internal complaints and investigations, privacy and drug testing.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Selwyn practiced at a national labor and employment firm for several years. He was part of the inaugural class of the UC Irvine law school, where he was a member of the law review. Prior to law school, Selwyn spent more than two years in Nicaragua as a Peace Corps volunteer working on projects to promote small business development.


  • Obtained dismissal of non-individual PAGA claim against PEO by way of successful post-Viking River motion to compel arbitration, resulting in low value individual settlement.
  • Secured voluntary dismissal of subsidiary of Fortune 500 transport company from case with 15 causes of action for, inter alia, wrongful termination and wage and hour violations.
  • Obtained reversal on appeal of multi-six-figure PAGA judgment on behalf of subsidiary of Fortune 500 company in automotive retail industry.
  • Successfully opposed motion for preliminary injunction and obtained walkaway settlement in trade secrets case brought against individual client by multi-million dollar company and industry leader in real estate sales training and coaching.
  • Prevailed on anti-SLAPP motion defeating whistleblower retaliation and defamation complaint against municipality and its employee and producing award of attorneys’ fees.