Yaw-Jiun (Gene) Wu is a partner in Lagerlof, LLP’s litigation department.
Gene specializes in business litigation matters and has represented clients in complex litigation, class actions, bankruptcy adversaries, arbitrations, mediations and appeals, and is a licensed patent attorney. His areas of expertise include federal preemption and jurisdiction, lender liability, commercial loan agreements, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade dress and copyright. He is also experienced in handling development agreements, real estate leases, partnership agreements and dissolution, and insurance coverage.
Prior to joining Lagerlof, LLP, Gene was an associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP. Gene’s significant cases include Haggarty v. Wells Fargo Bank, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143405 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2012); Campidoglio, LLC v. Wells Fargo & Company, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142624 (W.D. Wa. Oct. 2, 2012); DeLeon v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 729 F. Supp. 2d 1119 (N.D. Cal. 2010); Nguyen v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 749 F. Supp. 2d 1022, 1033 (N.D. Cal. 2010); and Pakravan v. Halajian, 2009 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1581(2009).
Gene graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo. He then graduated from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2003. Prior to law school, he interned with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Buffalo, New York. After college, Gene was a volunteer with the US Peace Corps, teaching high school math and science in Independent Samoa.
He is admitted to practice law before all Federal District Courts in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Gene is also a member of the National Association of Chinese-American Bankers (NCAB) and the Asian Business League of Southern California and is verbally fluent in Mandarin-Chinese.