A litigator with nearly a decade of experience, Chao focuses on counseling and defending a wide variety of clients—including developers, property owners, contractors, public entities, and large corporations—in general liability, catastrophic injury, toxic tort, construction, and mass tort matters, from inception through resolution. Her practice spans all stages of litigation, as well as counseling clients in litigation and pre-litigation on the avoidance, transfer, and elimination of risk. She has also represented Fortune 100 insurers in coverage litigation actions relating to large-scale construction defect actions, including prosecuting and defending breach of contract, bad faith, reimbursement, contribution, and subrogation claims, as well as analyzing hundreds of insurance contracts and preparing detailed coverage opinions.
Chao earned her J.D. at Chapman University School of Law, where she was a board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and participated in the AMVETS Clinic and the Family Violence Clinic. Prior to law school, Chao graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a B.A. in Political Science and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies.