Michelle Park Chiu is a seasoned antitrust litigator, representing clients in all phases of antitrust litigation from trials to appeals, including cartel allegations, monopolization claims, and vertical restraint cases. She is also adept at defending clients facing complex civil litigation, including matters brought under California Business & Professions Code § 17200 (UCL), as well as representing clients in complex breach of contract disputes. She currently serves as the San Francisco office’s hiring partner.
Recognized in Bloomberg Law’s inaugural “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40” in 2021 and by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association in 2018 with its “Best Under 40” award, Michelle regularly defends global technology companies in antitrust litigation in the Northern District of California. She served as trial counsel for a global technology company in a jury trial in November 2023 and currently defends an international technology company against price-fixing claims in multiple markets for electronic components. She also defended a mortgage technology company in litigation brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) challenging a proposed $16 billion acquisition.
Michelle also represents clients in complex commercial disputes. As lead counsel, she successfully obtained a $24 million judgment on behalf of a financial institution pursuant to an indemnification agreement relating to a data breach in the Southern District of Texas, which was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit. Additionally, she has successfully enforced arbitration clauses on behalf of financial institutions in multiple putative class action claims.
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 multiyear 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 currently serves on the Morgan Lewis Foundation Board.
Represented a global technology company in multidistrict litigation alleging monopolization claims relating to the mobile application market for mobile devices
Represented a mortgage technology company in defending litigation brought by the FTC challenging a proposed $16 billion acquisition
Represented international technology companies in multidistrict litigation alleging price-fixing claims relating to the HDD suspension assemblies, capacitors, and inductors markets
Represented a health insurance company facing vertical restraint claims pursuant to the Cartwright Act where she served as second-chair trial counsel
Represented multiple international technology companies in multidistrict antitrust litigation concerning the CRT and LCD markets involving class action and direct action plaintiffs in the Northern District of California
Complex Commercial Litigation Matters
Represented a financial institution in a breach of contract claim of more than $24 million arising out of an indemnification agreement relating to a data breach
Represented a financial institution in a putative class action alleging violations of the California Unruh Act, Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and California Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200; resulted in successful enforcement of consumer arbitration agreements
Represented 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”
Represented a financial institution in a UCL action brought by the California State Attorney General resulting in favorable settlement
Represented multiple international technology companies in multidistrict antitrust litigation involving class action and direct action plaintiffs in the Northern District of California
Boston University, 2003, B.A., Summa Cum Laude
Duke University School of Law, 2006, J.D.
Duke University School of Law, 2006, LL.M.
District of Columbia
US District Court for the Northern District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Commercial Litigation, San Francisco, The Best Lawyers in America (2023, 2024)
Recipient, Forever Duke Alumni Award (2023)
Recipient, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion, 2022 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards by Corporate Counsel (2022)
President, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) (2021)
Recognized, “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40,” Bloomberg Law (2021)
Recipient, Best Under 40 Award, National Asian Pacific Bar Association (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2017–2021)
Board Treasurer, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (2019)
Board Secretary, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (2018)