Dean Chhim





Mr. Chhim is a Senior Associate Attorney at Lara & Luna APC.  With a wide range of experience in employment law in having represented public sector employers, Mr. Chhim has gained considerable experience in both sides of the litigation field in matters relating to retaliation, harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination, under both state and federal law.  Mr. Chhim is experienced in all phases of litigation, has successfully opposed numerous dispositive motions, and has negotiated numerous six figure settlements against Fortune 500 companies and government entities.

In addition, Mr. Chhim has served as trial counsel in several jury trials that resulted in favorable jury verdicts.  In May of 2014, Mr. Chhim served as trial counsel in a wage-and-hour dispute in Los Angeles that resulted in a six-figure verdict.  In June of 2014, Mr. Chhim served as trial counsel in a five-week jury trial in Los Angeles that resulted in a seven-figure verdict in a discrimination lawsuit.  More recently, in January of 2018, Mr. Chhim served as trial counsel in a jury trial that resulted in a sweeping victory on all claims for his client in a disability discrimination lawsuit.

Mr. Chhim is fluent in Spanish.  When he is not fighting for his clients, Mr. Chhim enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Areas Of Practice

  • Employment Law 100%
  • Wrongful Termination/Forced to Quit
  • Medical, Family, Pregnancy and Disability Leaves
  • Failure to Accommodate Disabilities at Work
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wage Theft/Unpaid Wages
  • Missed Meal and Rest Periods
  • Whistle Blower Retaliation
  • Labor Code Violations
  • Employment Litigation
  • Jury Trials

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D.
  • University of California Los Angeles
    • B.A.

Past Employment Positions

  • County of Orange, Office of County Counsel
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • City Attorney’s Office of Long Beach
  • Pairavi Law, P.C.


  • Spanish