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Maria Tsao Tu

also known as Maria Tu, 曹祖芳

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Who is Maria Tu?


I call myself the "Common People" lawyer.  


I was raised to be self sufficient ever since I was old enough to babysit and deliver newspaper.  I worked to put myself through college, law school and master degree.  During the first phase of my law practice, My objective was to become a "rich and famous" lawyer.  When I clawed my way there to the top, I couldn't figure out why I was so unhappy...So, I walked away from everything --my high paying salary, my condo by the lake, my personal shopper, my rich clients with limos and yachts, my supporters for politics,  including my law practice....


IT TOOK 10 YEARS for me to realize that the most important thing in my life is not the admiration and envy of others, but what makes me the happiest.  In 2004, I finally had enough courage to come back to the practice of law.  I fell in love with being in the courtroom fighting the difficult fights.  In the courthouse, I have cried, laughed, screamed, yelled, shouted, hated and loved, and all could happen in one day.... My colleagues have described me as "a lawyer with a passion".  Whatever.... I love being in the courtroom.  




我從小就自給自足,從照看孩子到送報紙。我用我的工作賺來的錢讀完大學,法學院,碩士學位。在我從事法律事務的第一階段,我想成為的是“名利雙收”律師。當我努力的爬到那人生的頂端,我無法弄清楚,為什麼我如此不快樂......所以,我走了,也遠離了一切 - 我的高工資,我的湖邊公寓,我的私人購物員,我的客戶所提供的豪華轎車和遊艇,我的政治支持者,包括我的法律事業....




Languages spoken: Mandarin, Chinese, Min Nan, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
  3. Family: 15%
  4. Divorce & Separation: 15%
  5. Immigration: 10%



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brian Michael Andrade

    Maria is an excellent attorney. She knows the law and knows how do get things done in a professional manner.


    Brian Andrade Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Tu is one of the finest attorneys in her state. I highly recommend her legal services.


    Howard Lewis Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law offices of Maria Tu, P.C.

2800 W Parker Rd Ste 110
Plano, TX, 75075-9190


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200410/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAVVO2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Maria Tu, P.C.2005 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyCollin County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2005
PresidentYamamoto Sushi1995 - 2001
AssociateWilliams Kastner & Gibbs1989 - 1993
Law ClerkKitsap County Superior Court1988 - 1989
Legal InternWashington Education Association1986 - 1988
Correspondence AssistantUS Senator Daniel J. Evans1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dallas Chinese Community CenterBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Collin County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Collin County Bar Association, Juvenile Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Plano Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Aggravated Assault with Deadly WeaponClient's charges dismissed - alleged victim was arrested - Client's immigration status is Green Card pending
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Epoch Times (Dallas)Ask Maria Tu2015
The Epoch Times (Dallas)Ask Maria Tu2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of WashingtonMaster of LawsLL.M - Master of Laws1990
Seattle University School of LawLawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)1988
Evergreen State CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DWI: The Winning EdgeWinning DWI Breath Test Cases2008