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Flora Chu

Of Counsel
(650) 567-3350
flora@vpaclaw.com

Dr. Chu is a multi-faceted and multi-talented attorney possessing a rich, full set of legal experience as well as an impressive technical background.

In one of her areas of specialty, Dr. Chu practices as an intellectual property attorney specializing in the protection of innovative, pioneering technologies.   In this respect, Dr. Chu thrives on complex technologies and enjoys analyzing and articulating the breadth and depth of available patent protection with respect to these technologies.

In another area of her practice, Dr. Chu is a litigation specialist and has participated in complex cases involving multiple parties and a variety of novel scientific, engineering, and legal issues.  She has handled large volumes of complex information from massive discoveries and has worked with teams of experts and co-counsels to develop systems for managing the vast amount of complex information to be  the most effective for clients.  In her litigation practice, Dr. Chu provides consulting services and advice in diverse areas of law such as employment and employment benefits, intellectual property, business transactions, tort liability, environment, health, and workplace safety.

Dr. Chu is also a trained scientist, mathematician, and engineer and has conducted high level research in fields involving applied mathematics, physics, and engineering.  Beyond her education and her teaching and research at MIT, her work as an attorney has focused on the heavy use  of scientific and engineering information in legal proceedings.

Outside the field of physics and electrical engineering, Dr. Chu is also a quick study in many different areas of science.  Over the years, she has mastered issues in epidemiology, statistics, mechanical engineering, chemistry, toxicology, industrial hygiene, and environmental medicine.

As the co-director of the Stanford Environmental Clinic, she developed and taught courses to both law and science students, focusing on the development of skills for a multidisciplinary team to problem solve in the legal arena.

Community and Teaching Activities

  • Board of Directors, Justice for New Americans, 2004.
  • Case Review Committee, Justice for New Americans, 2003-present.
  • Co-Director, Community Environmental Clinic, Stanford Law School, 1994-1998.
  • Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University Law School, 1994-1995.
  • Guest lecturer on occupational and environmental issues, Golden Gate University, San Jose State University, and San Jose State College, 1983-1994.
  • Advisory Board, Golden Gate University Environmental Law and Justice Clinic, 1994.
  • Technical consultant to Assemblywoman Jacqueline Speier (San Francisco) on legislation relating to reproductive hazards in the workplace, 1992.
  • Board of directors, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, 1991.
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974-1979.

Awards

  • Ceasar Chavez Environmental Justice Award – 1995.
  • Partnerships In Community Award – Asian Law Alliance – 1993.
  • Resourceful Women Award – Resourceful Women – 1992.

Publications & Presentations

  1. Richard Drury and Flora Y. F. Chu, “From White Knight Lawyers to Community Organizing”, Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Fall 1994/Winter, 1995.
  2. Richard Drury and Flora Y. F. Chu, “Impact Litigation: A Critique”, Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Fall 1994/Winter, 1995.
  3. Member of the panel on “Town Hall Forum” at the “The Health of Women of Color Forum”, Stanford, California, July 1994.
  4. Member of panel at “Low Wage Workers Conference”, Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
  5. Member of panel on “Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace”, American Public Health Association Conference, October, 1993.
  6. Chu, Flora, Coyle, Patricia et al., “Reproductive Health Hazards in the Workplace: Policy Options for California”, California Policy Technical Assistance Report, 1992.
  7. Member of panel on “Reproductive Toxins in the Workplace”, California Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Advisory Board Meeting, 1992.
  8. Chu, Flora, “Dangers in the Workplace, Asian Workers at Risk”, Poverty, Race and the Environment, Vol III, number 1, p. 10, Spring, 1992.
  9. Speaker, “Chemically Induced Cancers in the Workplace: How to Prove the Case”, California Trial Lawyers Association Conference, 1991.
  10. Member of panel on “Reproductive Health in the Workplace”, California Women Lawyers Association Conference, Monterey, California, 1991.
  11. Hawes, A. and Flora Chu, “Proximate Cause in Toxic Tort Cases”, Trial 23: 68-72.
  12. Over 20 engineering/technical publications.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
United States District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California

Education

Juris Doctor, Stanford Law School
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison