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Monica Q. Vu

Of Counsel
MVu@jmbm.com
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Direct: 949.623.7233
Main: 949.623.7200
Fax: 877.684.6251

3 Park Plaza #1100
Irvine, California 92614
USA

Assistant
Melissa Reilly
949.623.7231
MR3@jmbm.com

Monica Q. Vu is an experienced real estate and commercial litigator and a senior member of the Global Hospitality Group® and the Chinese Investment Group™.  She serves as outside general counsel to businesses and companies, with a focus on counseling Chinese businesses and investors on their US real estate investments and related issues. Monica provides her clients guidance on various legal issues, including real estate transactions and contracts, and corporate structure, formation, and governance.

Monica uses her strong litigation background involving commercial real estate transactions and finance to help clients avoid problems in negotiating and documenting their commercial transactions and resolving disputes when they arise. 

She has experience in all pivotal stages of litigation, including pre-lawsuit strategizing, trial, post-judgment collection and appeal. She handles matters involving a broad range of disputes including contract disputes, trade secrets, patent issues, products liability, class actions, Americans with Disabilities Act, real estate, hospitality, construction defect litigation, and employment matters. 

Her general counsel experience includes representation of:

  • Chinese investor in acquisition of the Luxe City Center Hotel in Downtown LA, with entitlement and development components
  • Vietnamese-owned E-commerce beauty product retailer operating in US and expanding to Canada
  • Chinese investor in acquisition of the 802-room Sheraton LAX Gateway Hotel, including financing component involving EB-5 investment
  • Chinese investor in selection of management company and franchisors for two newly-purchased Southern California hotels
  • Chinese investors in acquisition of two hotels in Newark, New Jersey, including financing components  

Her representative litigation experience includes:

  • Representation of hotel owner in dispute with lessor involving breach of lease requirement to maintain hotel to minimum standards, resulting in favorable arbitration award  
  • Representation of international mining company in dispute involving landslide liability and breach of an easement, resulting in favorable settlement
  • Representation of commercial retail developer in dispute with seller over breach of purchase and sale agreement, resulting in favorable settlement
  • Representation of purchasers of Southern California hospital in dispute over asset purchase agreement, resulting in favorable settlement
  • Representation of business tort claims on behalf of regional representative of intraocular lens company resulting in $6.5 million jury verdict
  • Defense of private equity company that invested in international VOIP telecommunications business in arbitration proceeding before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre arising from claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Defense of Southern California Oil and Gas Company in class action involving allegations of MTBE and TBA contamination
  • Prosecution of breach of contract and fraud claims on behalf of national consumer electronics distributor relating to $100 million sale of its business
  • Defense of wholesaler of consumer electronics against misappropriation of trade secrets claim
  • Defense of national energy company in class action alleging anti-trust violations and unfair competition
  • Prosecution of bad faith actions against national insurance company involving issues of coverage
  • Prosecution and defense of actions involving allegations of fraud and failure to disclose in the transfer of real property

More about me on the Women Lawyers of JMBM page.

Education

J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2001

  • Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review, Notes and Comment Editor
  • Moot Court Board, Final Four Oralist

B.A., Management, Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, 1998

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Associations

Member, Orange County Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce

Member, Orange County Bar Association

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Languages

Vietnamese