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Michelle Park Chiu represents corporate clients facing complex consumer protection claims, including class actions and law enforcement actions. Michelle has experience in defending clients facing California Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 (UCL) litigation, as well as financial institutions facing claims brought under statutes such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Truth in Lending Act. Michelle is also a seasoned antitrust litigator, representing clients facing federal and state antitrust litigation alleging cartel and monopolization claims. She currently serves as the San Francisco office’s hiring partner and the deputy leader of the firm’s litigation practice in San Francisco, and is a co-leader of the firm’s Asian American/Asian Lawyer Network.
Recognized by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association in 2018 with their “Best Under 40” award, Michelle represents clients in all phases of litigation, from developing pre-litigation strategy to trials and appeals. She represents a wide variety of consumer-facing clients in consumer protection litigation in diverse industries. She represents financial institutions in multiple litigations nationwide alleging a variety of consumer protection claims, which she has resolved through motion practice and favorable settlement. Michelle also defends retailers and consumer products manufacturers in litigation alleging various consumer protection claims, including claims attacking a product’s labeling or advertisements, often brought under the California UCL.
As an antitrust litigator, Michelle has defended multiple global technology companies in class action and multidistrict litigation. She currently defends a global technology company in multiple class actions alleging federal and state antitrust claims relating to the mobile application market for mobile devices. Additionally, 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 represents clients in complex commercial disputes. She is lead counsel in a breach of contract litigation in the Southern District of Texas, representing a financial institution pursuing indemnification of over $20 million arising out of a data breach, including successfully opposing summary judgment. She also favorably settled a complex construction defect litigation in the District of Oregon. Michelle is a member of the Morgan Lewis team representing a public utility in litigation involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs in Southern California, managing complex discovery disputes in that matter.
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 the client during a multi-year representation that resulted in the client becoming a naturalized US citizen. Michelle also 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.
A financial institution in a putative class action alleging violations of the California Unruh Act and California Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200.
A global technology company in a class action litigation alleging monopolization claims relating to the mobile application market for mobile devices.
A consumer products manufacturer in a class action defense in the Northern District of California alleging false advertising and unfair competition claims under California state law based on statements the product is “all natural.”
An international engineering and construction company in breach of contract claim in federal district court resulting in favorable settlement.
Multiple retailers in litigation alleging violations of California Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200.
A financial institution in a UCL action brought by the California State Attorney General resulting in favorable settlement.
Successful dismissals of multiple complaints at the pleading stage filed by consumers against financial institutions, alleging breach of contract claims and violations of various consumer protection statutes.
Multiple international technology companies in multidistrict antitrust litigation involving class action and direct action plaintiffs.
Awards and Affiliations
President, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) (2021)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2017–2019)
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)
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)
Board of Managers, Embarcadero YMCA
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California