Los Angeles – June 1, 2021 – Michael Tu has joined Cooley as a partner in its securities litigation practice in Los Angeles. Arriving from Orrick, where he headed the firm’s Southern California securities practice, Tu brings more than two decades of litigation experience, including shareholder litigation, regulatory investigations and proceedings, and mergers acquisitions disputes under federal and state securities laws.
“Michael is a recognized leading trial lawyer with significant experience achieving successful results for clients on both high-stakes matters in the courtroom and critical business decisions in the boardroom,” said Patrick Gibbs, head of Cooley’s securities litigation group. “His skillset and market reputation will help us increase the breadth and depth of our litigation capabilities in Los Angeles and nationally – we are very excited that he is joining our team.”
Tu focuses on securities litigation and complex business disputes, including the defense of securities class actions and derivative actions, M&A lawsuits, regulatory investigations and proceedings, securities and corporate governance advice, business litigation and trade secrets disputes. He has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in federal and state courts, and he is among the few lawyers in the US who have defended a securities class action trial to verdict, in a case that was recognized as one of the Top Defense Verdicts in California by the Daily Journal.
Tu’s successful representation of clients in high-profile securities and corporate governance disputes has been widely reported in the media, and he has been lauded as one of the Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He received his JD from the University of California at Los Angeles Law School and is an approved member of AIG’s panel counsel and other insurer panels.
“Cooley’s impressive litigation department and global client base made this an attractive and exciting choice for this next phase of my career,” said Tu. “I look forward to joining a firm with such a collaborative and inclusive culture and being a part of a first-class team committed to further growing and enhancing the securities practice.”
Tu joins Cooley on the heels of the arrival of securities litigation partner Aric Wu in New York. With 65+ trial lawyers focused on securities litigation, including many former federal and state prosecutors, Cooley’s securities litigation practice is one of the most active in the US for the defense of issuers in shareholder litigation. It forms part of Cooley’s growing litigation department, which continues to add significant bench strength. The American Lawyer has recognized Cooley among the preeminent global litigation departments, giving the firm an honorable mention in its biennial Litigation Department of the Year publication and naming Cooley as a finalist for California Regional Litigation Department of the Year. Other publications have also lauded the rise of Cooley’s global litigation practice, including BTI Consulting Group, The Lawyer and Law360.
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