Angela M. Liu

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Angela M. Liu

Partner

Chicago | 35 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3400, Chicago, IL, United States of America 60601-1608
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Angela M. Liu is a partner 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, M&A litigation, accounting irregularities, and inadequate or misleading public disclosures.

In her pro bono practice, Ms. Liu has successfully represented plaintiffs at trial and in the Tenth Circuit in litigation challenging Kansas’ voter registration laws, 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 addressed the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva and participated in a human rights mission in the Balkans with the Advocates for Human Rights. In addition, Ms. Liu is co-chair of the Asian Affinity Group and sits on the firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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.

Experience
  • 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 and directors in securities class action and derivative suits in the Southern District of New York and Southern District of Indiana
  • Representation of a chemical product manufacturer and its officers and directors in securities class action suit 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
  • Representation of former CFO of large shipping company in defense in SEC investigation
  • Representation of special litigation committee of large oil and gas company in derivative litigation

 

Education
  • 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
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • 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 Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Clerkships
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Honorable John R. Gibson
Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – 2018 Fellow
  • Law Alumni Association Board Member – UNC School of Law
  • Alumni Engagement Committee - UNC School of Law (Co-Chair)
  • Judicial Clerkship Committee - UNC School of Law
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Sustaining Fellow, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Overture Council, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Speaking Engagements
  • Risk Management and Recent Trends in Securities Fraud Litigation Against Life Sciences Companies  — Professional Liability Underwriting Society (April 2019) 
  • A Term in Review:  An Overview of Key Supreme Court Decisions from the 2015 Term & Thoughts about the Upcoming Term (November 29, 2016)
  • Tipping the Scales: A Women in Law Symposium — Women in Law, Chapel Hill, NC (March 22, 2016)