also known as Maria Tu, 曹祖芳
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”的大律師。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
Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit card
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2004||07/16/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 4.5 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Maria Tu, P.C.||2005 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Collin County District Attorney's Office||2004 - 2005|
|President||Yamamoto Sushi||1995 - 2001|
|Associate||Williams Kastner & Gibbs||1989 - 1993|
|Clerk||Kitsap County Superior Court||1988 - 1989|
|Legal Intern||Washington Education Association||1986 - 1988|
|Correspondence Assistant||US Senator Daniel J. Evans||1984 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|DFW Taiwan Chamber of Commerce||Board Member||2015 - Present|
|Collin County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Collin County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Section||Member||2005 - Present|
|Plano Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Dallas Chinese Community Center||Board of Directors||2010 - 2015|
|Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon||Client's charges dismissed - alleged victim was arrested - Client's immigration status is Green Card pending|
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|University of Washington School of Law||Master of Laws||LL.M - Master of Laws||1990|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|Evergreen State College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|
|DWI: The Winning Edge||Winning DWI Breath Test Cases||2008|