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Practice:

  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Governance
  • Internal Investigations
  • Trials
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Michael C. Tu Partner Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Los Angeles

Michael Tu leads the firm's securities litigation practice in Southern California, with nearly 25 years of experience obtaining successful results for clients in stockholder litigation, regulatory investigations and proceedings, and mergers and acquisitions disputes under the federal and state securities laws.  He provides practical and business-focused advice to business executives and boards on securities and corporate governance matters.

Michael is recognized as a leading trial lawyer who has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous trials to verdict in federal and state courts, and is among the few lawyers in the country who have defended a securities class action trial to verdict.  That shareholder class action trial, which resulted in a complete defense verdict, was recognized as one of the "Top Defense Verdicts" in California by the Daily Journal.

In addition to his representation of clients in litigation disputes, he provides counsel to public and private companies regarding securities, corporate governance and disclosure issues, and has represented numerous board committees and accounting firms in connection with investigatory and litigation matters. He frequently advises multi-national companies and executives based in the United States, Asia and Europe with respect to business disputes and securities matters. His successful representation of clients in high-profile securities and corporate governance disputes has been widely reported in the media (Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, New York Times, Fortune, The Recorder), and he has been recognized as one of the "Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Michael is:

  • Recommended by clients for his “range of expertise, including the defense of securities class actions and M&A litigation” and “for the fact that he ‘takes a macro approach and looks very far down the line’” (Chambers USA, 2015), because he "has a deep understanding of the law and always gives very timely advice" (Chambers USA, 2020), and "The knowledge level that he has, his attention to detail and his communication skills are outstanding." (Chambers USA, 2017)
  • “Praised” “for his litigation skills” defending securities matters “in both federal and state courts”, noted as “particularly strong in securities class actions with a cross-border element” (The Legal 5002015) and "cares about clients and has innovative ways of solving their problems."  (The Legal 500, 2016)
  • Rated by clients and peers as an “Excellent trial attorney with practical sense” who has “a high level of expertise in the securities litigation field,” “practices with the highest ethical standards,” and “has a remarkable ability both to see the big picture and to sweat the details, and brings excellent judgment to bear on both fronts.” (Martindale-Hubbell)

Michael has moderated and spoken at numerous events on securities law and corporate governance developments, including as a past faculty member of the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program, where he has taught business executives and leaders on subjects such as cross-border litigation, risk management and securities and accounting liability issues.

Michael serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, where he has served as the Court Alerts Editor, and as Co-Chair of the Federal Courts, Programs and Breakfast at the Bar Committees.  He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the monthly Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter publication.  He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and as a Lawyer Representative for the Central District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

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  • Employment Law & Litigation

Stephanie Gail Lee Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Los Angeles

Stephanie helps clients navigate the intricate and rapidly evolving world of employment litigation.

Clients feel at ease knowing that Stephanie will work tirelessly to guide them through wage-and-hour class and representative actions, as well as single-plaintiff litigation involving claims of whistleblower retaliation, fraudulent inducement and breach of contract. Companies, particularly those in employee-friendly states such as California, must contend with an ever-changing array of procedural tools and laws, and rely on Stephanie to serve as a trusted advisor. In addition to legal nuances, the high-profile matters Stephanie handles are further complicated by reputational risk. To deliver a clear path through these complexities, Stephanie works with her team to carefully and creatively balance each case’s dangers, opportunities and impact.

She has managed matters from start to finish and has litigated cases in federal and state courts, as well as before various administrative agencies. She also helps her clients avoid litigation by counseling on wage-and-hour compliance, terminations and severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation covenants and employee handbook provisions.