Michael Tu has more than 25 years of experience obtaining successful results for clients in stockholder litigation, regulatory investigations and proceedings, and mergers & acquisitions disputes under federal and state securities laws. He provides practical and business-focused advice to executives and boards on securities and corporate governance matters. He 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.

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Michael Tu is adept at handling a range of securities matters, offering significant experience in defending class and derivative actions as well as advising on regulatory enforcement actions. ‘Michael has great communication skills and knows how to connect at the personal level.’ ‘He is a brilliant lawyer, well versed in the law and the process of the investigation, and insanely responsive.’ ‘A strong and strategic practitioner.’ – Chambers USA, 2021

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
    JD, 1996

  • University of California, Berkeley
    BA, with high honors and distinction in general scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993

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Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: California, Litigation – Securities

    Legal 500: Securities – Shareholder Litigation

    AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Securities Law and Business Law

    Los Angeles Business Journal: Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles

    Southern California Super Lawyers

    Best Lawyers in America: Litigation – Securities

'Michael Tu and his team at Cooley stand out clearly as "best in class" in their space globally. The team takes the time to understand the people involved and fully understand the human dimensions as well as the often complex legal issues involved.' 'Mike and team work with incredible attention to detail while maintaining a sense of urgency and take full "ownership" of key matters working as an invaluable partner with the client.'-Legal 500 US 2022