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Partner, Labor and Employment

Phone: (415) ***-****  
Email: d***@***.com
Hanson Bridgett LLP
333 Market Street , Suite 2300
San Francisco , California 94105
United States

Company Description: Attorneys from other sections of Hanson Bridgett provide assistance in areas beyond business and health care law. Our Labor and Employment Law Section represents a...   more

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AABA Officers, Board Members, and Committee Co-Chairs (2000-2009) - Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, 17 April 2015 [cached]
Dot Liu - Community Services
Dot Liu - Community Services
Dot Liu - Community Services
Asian American Bar Association, 29 Sept 2012 [cached]
For more information, contact Community Services Chairs Dot Liu at and Garner Weng at com for more information.
Who Are the Ethics Commissioners? | CitiReport, 23 April 2012 [cached]
Commissioner Dorothy Liu is a partner at Hanson Bridgett, where a partner served as the Ed Lee treasurer.
Dorothy Liu
Dorothy Liu is one of two commissioners appointed under a charter requirement for appointees "broadly representative of the general public. However, in both cases the appointments went to attorneys, making four of the five commissioners with legal backgrounds.
Liu was appointed in April on a narrow vote by the Board of Supervisors.
Liu works for Hanson Bridgett, and since being appointed to Ethics, her firm has signed on as the local legal representative for the America's Cup, whose chair is Mark Buell, who also serves as chair of the Recreation and Park Commission.
After CitiReport contacted Liu to ask how this would be interpreted in light of her appointment to the Ethics Commission, she said that language was now removed from their web site.
Liu announced the expansion of her law firm's practice areas but also said a "fire wall" was erected that included ensuring that she derived no income from his clients and that she would recuse herself in cases involving him or Hanson Bridgett clients.
According to the Hanson Bridgett web site, "Dorothy also handles benefits litigation and defends employers against claims of race and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract and wrongful termination in single-plaintiff and multiple-plaintiff matters at the trial and appellate levels."
In a recent matter, Liu voted with other commissioners to dismiss a charge of retaliation, hearing from the city official in closed session but declining to hear from the city employees who filed the complaint.
Commissioner Liu, in response to questions from CitiReport, clarified her view on conflict of interest issues:
CMCP Law Firms Search, 30 Mar 2010 [cached]
Dorothy Liu View Resume
Update: Board Names Liu to Ethics Post | CitiReport, 5 April 2011 [cached]
Update: Board Names Liu to Ethics Post
Supervisor Eric Mar made the motion to substitute Grossman for the Rules Committee's pick of Dorothy Liu was seconded by Supervisor John Avalos and backed by Supervisor Ross Mirikarimi.
The selection of Liu leaves the Commission without an advocate with a proven record on behalf of ethics and transparency.
Liu, in contrast, was praised by Board President David Chiu as a candidate who has no experience with City Hall or the city's political community and as a result "is the perfect candidate.
Records show that Liu has made only one political contribution - which was last year for $100 to David Chiu for his campaign for the Democratic County Central Committee.
Liu is an attorney at Hanson Bridgett, which has made political contributions to the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), whose lobbying and campaign activity falls under the scrutiny of the Ethics Commission.
Chiu also emphasized that Liu had promised to regularly consult with the Board of Supervisors regarding issues before the Ethics Commission.
Liu has been actively involved with the Chinatown Community Development Center, one of the nonprofits whose Board members currently are prohibited from contributing to candidates for the Board of Supervisors or other elected positions.
Liu also won vocal support from Supervisor Scott Weiner who complained that unnamed blogs had unfairly suggested that the Liu's selection would rubberstamp an Ethics Commission that has been bent on repealing ethics safeguards.
After the Grossman motion failed, the Board then voted to name Liu as its appointment to the Ethics Commission on a 10-1 vote, with Supervisor Avalos voting no on the motion.
During the Rules Committee hearing, Liu said that she believed that lawyers do not have to register as lobbyist when they represent clients seeking to influence City Hall decision. Liu, an attorney, specifically mentioned as one example former mayor Willie Brown whose status as an unregistered lobbyist drew editorial comment at the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Liu appeared unaware that under California law, attorneys have been required to register since 1970 as lobbyists when contacting city officials on behalf of a client in matters that do not require admission to the bar.
Liu also told the Rules Committee that she is not prepared to support televising the Ethics Commission proceedings on the city channel out of deference to the sensitivity of those who appear before the Commission.
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