John Cu

John T. Cu

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Environmental and Natural Resources
Environmental and Natural Resources
San Francisco

John is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator with significant jury trial experience. He litigates complex business and commercial disputes involving contracts, unfair competition, business torts, trade secrets, products liability, and real estate. Further, John has litigated various kinds of insurance coverage issues, including significant multimillion-dollar environmental, toxic tort, subrogation and contribution disputes.

John's client base spans a broad spectrum of industries, including banking and financial services, commercial lending, technology, e-commerce, transportation and logistics, product manufacturers, retailers and dealers, and entertainment. That said, a significant portion of John’s legal practice is dedicated to representing regional and national banks and financial services institutions. For these clients, he handles matters involving consumer finance and lending, commercial workouts, commercial foreclosures, and other business torts and contracts. John's work encompasses strategic planning, pre-litigation counseling, alternative dispute resolution, and trials.

In addition to litigation, John has also served as general counsel and trusted advisor to emerging companies in the software, telecommunications, mobile service, e-commerce and retail industries, as well as for the de Young Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts.

John is very active in the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. As former Chair of Hanson Bridgett’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee Network, he oversaw the implementation and execution of firm-wide policies having an impact on diverse attorneys and partnered both within the firm and in the community in which he served, including pipe-line programs and mentoring and retention initiatives. John was selected as Hanson Bridgett’s Fellow in 2011 for the inaugural Fellows Program for the nationally recognized Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). LCLD was launched by Fortune 500 General Counsels to address the issue of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program is designed to increase diversity at the leadership and “high-potential” levels within law firms and corporate legal departments throughout the country. Within LCLD, John also assumes several other leadership roles in various initiatives.

Outside of the legal profession, John is very involved in the local SF/Bay Area community. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board Development Committee and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF). Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island Immigration Station was routinely the first stop for immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean. AIISF is the non-profit partner of the California State Parks and the National Park Service in the effort to educate the public about the complex story and rich cultural heritage of Pacific Coast immigrants and their descendants. In addition, John is also active in Ascend Leadership, the largest non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend has grown to serve professionals and corporations across various professions and across multiple industries.

Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, John served as a deputy district attorney for Contra Costa County, where served as trial supervisor for the municipal trial team for the Western Criminal Division of Contra Costa County.

Learn more about John Cu


"Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Hanson Bridgett's John Cu," Law360 (October 2014)

"A Component Parts Manufacturer's Guide to Strict Product Liability Litigation in California," Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Products Liability Litigation, American Bar Association (March 2007)

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"Business Development," MCCA 2014 CLE Expo (March 2014)

"Your Leadership DNA, Made in America," moderator, Ascend West Coast Annual Conference (June 2012)

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Community Involvement

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Vice President of the Board of Directors (2011-2015), Chair of the Board Development Committee (2011-2015)

Professional Affiliations

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellows Alumni Executive Council

American Bar Association

American Business Trial Lawyers Association

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Defense Research Institute

Bar Association of San Francisco

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area


J.D., University of San Diego School of Law (1999)

B.A., University of British Columbia

Admissions And Courts


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

415-995-5130 Direct Phone
415-995-3501 Fax

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Firm Leadership

Diversity and Inclusion Network

E-Discovery Taskforce

Globalaw Member