Angela M. Liu is an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group, where she focuses on the defense of publicly-traded companies and their directors and officers in securities class action litigation, derivative litigation, SEC investigations, merger litigation, corporate governance disputes, and other complex commercial litigation. Ms. Liu has successfully advised and defended public companies, as well as directors and officers in a wide range of matters arising from allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties, accounting irregularities, inadequate or misleading public disclosures, and executive compensation.
In her pro bono practice, Ms. Liu has successfully represented plaintiffs in challenging Kansas’ voter registration laws in the District of Kansas and in the Tenth Circuit, as well as represented certain plaintiffs at trial and in the Seventh Circuit in litigation challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s voter identification laws. She has also recently participated in a human rights mission in the Balkans to assess domestic violence laws with the Advocates for Human Rights. In addition, she has served as settlement counsel in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois’ Settlement Assistance Program. Ms. Liu is a recipient of Dechert’s 2014 Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono Awards, an honor recognizing lawyers who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to providing pro bono legal services.
Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Liu served as an associate in the litigation practice of an international law firm and clerked for the Honorable John R. Gibson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She has also worked as an associate at a political fundraising firm in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Liu earned her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2009. While at UNC Law, Ms. Liu served as Editor in Chief of the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation and on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Ms. Liu also earned her BA, phi beta kappa and with highest honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was also a recipient of the Morehead Scholarship, the oldest merit scholarship program in the U.S.
- Representation of board of directors of a Fortune 500 credit card company in defense of derivative litigation in the Northern District of Illinois.
- Representation of bio-pharmaceutical companies and their officers in directors in securities class action and derivative suits in the Southern District of New York.
- Representation of board of directors of Chinese-based company in connection with a derivative action and merger litigation in the District of Delaware.
- Representation of CEO of leading provider of cloud based HR solutions in connection for breaches of fiduciary duty in Delaware Chancery Court.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2004, Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Morehead Scholar
University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2009, Editor in Chief of the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Honorable John R. Gibson, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
American Bar Association
Alumni Engagement Committee - UNC School of Law (incoming co-chair)
Judicial Clerkship Committee - UNC School of Law
Young Women's Leadership Charter School - Host Committee, Girl Power Luncheon
Sustaining Fellow, Art Institute of Chicago
Overture Council, Chicago Symphony Orchestra