With a focus on complex litigation, Michelle Park Chiu represents clients facing unfair competition claims, including claims brought pursuant to California Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200; state and federal antitrust litigation; and financial institutions clients facing a variety of consumer claims, such as those brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Truth In Lending Act. Michelle has experience in litigating class actions, government law enforcement actions, multidistrict litigation, and arbitrations. She has represented clients through all phases of litigation, from pre-trial strategy assessment to trial and appeals.
Michelle helped manage and lead the defense of a health insurance company facing state antitrust claims at trial in California state court, where she served as second-chair trial counsel. Michelle also led the defense of an international technology client involved in multi-district antitrust litigation in the Northern District of California, where she argued multiple discovery and dispositive motions, took and defended depositions, and oversaw the development of defense strategy. She also defends financial institutions facing consumer claims, and is experienced at resolving such cases through motion practice and favorable settlement.
Michelle has an active pro bono practice representing individuals in immigration matters. She successfully defended a detained refugee in removal proceedings, resulting in the complete dismissal of all charges against him during a multi-year representation that involved several merits hearings before the immigration court; she successfully obtained a U-Visa for a victim of criminal activity; and secured asylum for a client from Syria. Michelle served as vice chair of the San Francisco office's Pro Bono Committee from 2012-2013 and is a member of the San Francisco office’s Pro Bono Committee.
Representation of a financial institution in a UCL action brought by the California State Attorney General.
Successfully dismissing breach of contract claims at the pleading stage filed by a consumer against a financial institution alleging violations of the credit limit terms of a credit card agreement.
Representation of a public utilities company facing multiple claims, including UCL claims, arising out of a natural gas leak in Southern California.
Representation of a California healthcare provider against Cartwright Act and UCL claims through trial and appeal.
Representation of an Asian technology company in a multidistrict antitrust litigation, including defense of the client against class action plaintiffs, direct action plaintiffs, and litigation brought by multiple state attorney generals.
Representation of a Fortune 500 semiconductor process control and yield management solution corporation in derivative and class action civil litigation arising from investigations by the SEC and US Attorney's office regarding allegations of stock options backdating.
Representation of an airline corporation in an investigation by the Department of Justice regarding price fixing allegations.
Boston University, 2003, B.A., Summa Cum Laude
Duke University School of Law, 2006, LL.M.
Duke University School of Law, 2006, J.D.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Board Treasurer, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (2019)
Board Secretary, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (2018)
LCLD Fellows Alumni Executive Council: West Regional Lead (2019)
LCLD Fellows Alumni San Francisco City Lead (2018-2019)
Recipient, Best Under 40 Award, National Asian Pacific Bar Association (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2017, 2018)
Director at Large, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (2016-2017)
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow (2016)
Morgan Lewis Julie Noel Gilbert Pro Bono Excellence Award (2007)
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (2007)