Michelle Park Chiu focuses her practice on antitrust and complex civil litigation matters. She is a seasoned antitrust litigator, representing clients facing antitrust claims, including cartel allegations, monopolization claims, and vertical restraint cases. She also has experience defending clients facing complex civil litigation, including claims brought under California Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 (UCL), as well as representing clients in complex breach of contract matters. 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 their “Best Under 40” award, Michelle represents clients in all phases of litigation, from developing pre-litigation strategy to trials and appeals. As an antitrust litigator, she has defended multiple global technology companies in class action and multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of California. She currently defends a global technology company in an MDL action alleging monopolization claims relating to the mobile application market for mobile devices, as well as an international technology company against price fixing claims in the HDD suspension assemblies market. 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, where she successfully obtained a $20 million judgment on behalf of a financial institution pursuant to an indemnification agreement relating to a data breach. She also favorably settled a complex construction defect litigation in the District of Oregon on behalf of an international engineering company. Michelle defends financial institutions, retailers and consumer product manufacturers in litigation alleging various consumer protection claims brought under the California UCL, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Truth in Lending Act, among other statutes.
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 global technology company in a class action litigation alleging monopolization claims relating to the mobile application market for mobile devices.
An international technology company in a multidistrict litigation alleging price fixing claims relating to the HDD suspension assemblies market.
A financial institution in a breach of contract claim of over $20 million arising out of an indemnification agreement relating to a data breach.
A financial institution in a putative class action alleging violations of the California Unruh Act and California Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200, resulting in successful enforcement of a consumer arbitration agreement.
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.
A financial institution in a UCL action brought by the California State Attorney General resulting in favorable settlement.
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)
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)