Theodore Lieu advises public and private sector clients on a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters. Mr. Lieu represents California community college districts, universities and school districts in education-related matters, providing advice and counsel concerning business, construction, public works, procurement, and technology related matters. In addition, Mr. Lieu provides counsel for a full range of legal issues relating to charter schools, including operational compliance review and monitoring, complaint investigations, petitions and appeals, operating agreements, and Proposition 39 charter school facilities requests.

He also offers advice to public entities on the legal aspects of technology licensing, cell phone tower agreements, negotiation of software agreements, and other transactional matters. Mr. Lieu also has extensive experience representing developers, general contractors and subcontractors in all aspects of complex construction defect litigation matters from their inception through settlement.

Prior to law school, Mr. Lieu managed the planning and implementation of comprehensive tutoring programs at a number of New York City public school sites. 

During law school, he volunteered at the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic in the Community Economic Development Program and served as a teaching assistant and a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Cheryl Mills, Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County. Mr. Lieu was selected as an inaugural member of Education Pioneers’ Los Angeles Fellowship Core, a highly competitive education leadership program with graduate students from top law, business, education, policy and urban planning institutions. As a fellow, he worked with Green Dot Public Schools to create a strategic teacher health and retirement benefits plan. Mr. Lieu also worked with the Asian Law Caucus to create a limited equity housing cooperative for low-income residents of the “Fong Building” in San Francisco.

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Mr. Lieu contributes to the firm’s publications and blog. 

Community Involvement

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  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Member


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles


  • 2009, California
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
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