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My nickname is "Zak."  I grew up in Wisconsin and came to California in 1976.  My wife Marlou Belyea, a clinical pyschologist and university professor, have two grown children.  We enjoy foreign travel, books, movies and taking care of rescue dogs.


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 15%
    30 years, 10 cases
  2. Health Care: 15%
    30 years, 200 cases
  3. Arbitration: 15%
    39 years, 150 cases
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
    39 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Other: 45%
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685 Market St Ste 460
San Francisco, CA, 94105

Tsao-Wu Chow & Yee LLP

685 Market Street
Suite 460
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4205



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine2006
Certificate of Recognition: Re-Build LA Ins. Cases (Pro Bono)California State Legislature1994
Jean Waldman Child Advocacy AwardLegal Services for Children1988
Award of MeritBar Association of San Francisco1984
Robert Lesser University PrizeYale Univ.1970
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of Counsel/PartnerMorgan Lewis2003 - 2009
Of CounselBrobeck Phleger & Harrison1999 - 2003
President & ShareholderChilvers & Taylor P.C.1995 - 1999
PartnerBrobeck Phleger & Harrison1983 - 1995
AssociateBrobeck Phleger & Harrison1977 - 1983
Law Clerk to Hon. Shirley M. Hufstedler, U.S. Circuit JudgeU.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit1976 - 1977
N/AU.S. Army1970 - 1973
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northern California International Arbitration ClubN/A2008 - Present
California Society of Health Care AttorneysN/A1994 - Present
American Health Lawyers AssociationN/A1993 - Present
United States Tax CourtN/A1990 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A1989 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarN/A1981 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaN/A1977 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitN/A1977 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaN/A1977 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoN/A1977 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
California Antitrust & Unfair Competition LawChapter: Insurance and Antitrust2010
CEB Business Law ReporterContributing Editor on Competitive Business Practices2005
ABA Institute- Solvency Concerns with Foreign InsurersEditor1994
California Antitrust LawChapter: Insurance & the California Antitrust Laws1991
ABA Antitrust Law Developments (Fourth)Contributor re Robinson Patman Act ChapterN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Univ Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Yale UnivEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BASF MCLE: Ethics PotpourriInternet 2.0; Joint Defense Privilege & others2009
CSHA Annual SeminarIt's Not your Mother & Father's Arbitration Anymore1997
Insurance Litigation in CaliforniaInsurance Insolvency- An Overview1994
ABA National Institute: Solvency Concerns re Foreign InsurersRecent Developments & U.S. Reform Efforts1994
National Railroad Trial Lawyers Annual MeetingSanctions: Recent Developments1990