John Shu

Securities Litigator, Newport Beach, CA

John Shu's practice areas include securities litigation, complex civil litigation, class actions, appeals, general commercial litigation, internal investigations, corporate governance, intellectual property, strategic counsel, crisis management, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, real estate litigation, labor & employment litigation, antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act and international affairs. Mr. Shu also advises U.S. companies doing business internationally, including in China, Taiwan, Europe and the Middle East, and foreign companies doing business in the United States. Mr. Shu has lectured and published articles on a wide variety of issues such as appellate advocacy, securities, corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley, regulatory affairs, litigation avoidance, class-action, antitrust, federal sentencing guidelines, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, crisis management, intellectual property, constitutional law, and international affairs. Mr. Shu is a member of the Firm's Technology Committee.

Mr. Shu served in the White House under President George H.W. Bush and in Bush/Cheney Transition Headquarters under President-elect President George W. Bush. Mr. Shu served as a judicial extern to Judge Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Sporkin formerly served as Director of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Shu served as a law clerk to Judge Paul Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, who also served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.

Mr. Shu received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he received the Dean's Award, served on the Pepperdine Law Review and on the appellate and trial competition teams, and was featured in the National Law School Deans' List. Mr. Shu received his G.C. with honors from Peking University and his B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where he won the Sol Feinstone Undergraduate Award.

Mr. Shu is a member of the State Bar of California. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of the Sino-American Bio-Pharmaceutical Association. He is a Member of the Foreign Policy Association, the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Mr. Shu received the Orange County Asian-American Bar Association Award.


B.A., University of Pennsylvania; G.C., Peking University; J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law

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Publications and Multimedia
Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 11-28-12 featuring John Shu
November 28, 2012
Dodd-Frank Challenged in Court
June 21, 2012
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act of 2010: Is It Constitutional?
Engage Volume 11, Issue 3, December 2010
December 23, 2010
Honest Services Cases (Skilling, Black, & Weyhrauch) - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-07-10 featuring John Shu
July 07, 2010
Financial Reform – The Senate Version
New Federal Initiatives Project
April 23, 2010
The Akaka Bill - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group
November 11, 2009
SCOTUScast 7-22-09 featuring John Shu
Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts
July 22, 2009
SCOTUScast 7-20-09 featuring John Shu
Nijhawan v. Holder
July 20, 2009
SCOTUScast 5-22-09 - Caperton Debate
Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company
May 22, 2009
Fairness Doctrine
New Federal Initiatives Project
April 13, 2009
State Court Docket Watch April 2007
Table of Contents
March 21, 2007
State Court Docket Watch November 2006
Table of Contents
November 29, 2006
State Court Docket Watch October 2005
Table of Contents
October 11, 2005