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Tenacity and Instincts

“Business litigation is where I thrive.It’s where I began my career, and I cannot imagine doing anything else,”
says Samuel Yu, Esq. attorney at Kahana and Feld LLP. He has been with the firm since 2014.
Yu practices business litigation in a broad range of practice areas including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, and labor and employment law. He handles many cases on behalf of the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC), the Korean equivalent to the FDIC in the U.S. After defaulting on a loan in Korea, many debtors flee Korea for the U.S., falsely believing that they cannot be subject to a foreign judgment. As a result of Yu’s efforts, the KDIC has recovered more than $3 million on behalf of the taxpayers in Korea.
Yu is uniquely qualified and is tenacious in pursuit of a claim until the matter is concluded. For example, if a defendant files for bankruptcy, many attorneys will close the file and move on.
Alternatively, if a judgment has been entered but the defendant refuses to pay, many attorneys are at a loss as to how to proceed. Yu says, “I will see a case through to the end. Whether through
the bankruptcy court or through enforcement of judgment, I will pursue the claim until my client is paid.”
Yu is also skilled at litigating shareholder disputes. Recently, Yu handled a complex case regarding a shareholder dispute at a motion capture company. His client was denied the opportunity to nominate himself in the election for the board of directors despite significant support because the CEO made incorrect claims regarding the requirements in the company’s bylaws. When the company failed to comply with a corporate document request, Yu filed a lawsuit to invalidate the election and for failure to comply with the California Corporations Code. As a result of Yu’s efforts, the client was not only elected to the board of directors but was able to secure an additional seat for another reform candidate to bring change to the company. As the client explained:
“I had the opportunity to work with Samuel Yu on two different shareholder rights/small company governance lawsuits over the course of two years. Sam was extremely knowledgeable
in this area of the law and fully capable of fierce advocacy on one hand or reasonable negotiation on the other. Sam went out of his way to listen and accede to my requirements, while
providing counsel and occasionally ‘talking me down’ on those issues where his extensive experience suggested a different (and often more subtle) approach would be more effective.
I am very happy to have worked with Sam, would gladly work with him again, and wholeheartedly recommend him.”
–Gene Alexander, PhD, Chief Technical Officer, Body Surface Translations, Inc.
Yu and his wife, Jenny, have two boys, ages five and three.
He is an active member of Sa-Rang Community Church in Anaheim and participates in church outreach programs. He is also a member of the Orange County Korean American Bar Association. He enjoys basketball, golf, and snowboarding when time permits.
“I trust my gut and push for the right outcome. Experience has taught me to trust my instincts and explore all avenues to achieve a good outcome for my clients,” Yu says.

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