Hon. Dennis W. Chiu

The Honorable Dennis W. Chiu is an elected-official in Santa Clara County, California, and has been practicing law in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area, California since 1997.


In his law practice, Dennis specializes in corporate law, business law, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property law, land use law, constitutional law, and nonprofit healthcare law. Dennis also provides consulting services to start-ups, businesses and individuals regarding small business strategy, legislation, public policy, political strategy, political campaign management, and crisis management.

Prior to founding Prodigy Law, Dennis served as Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at UIS Technology Partners (an Informational Technology services corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Saeta Holdings, LLC (a start-up cosmetics limited liability company). He also served as Vice President & General Counsel at AACI (one of the largest health and social service nonprofit agencies in Santa Clara County).

Dennis was an attorney at the law firm, Bay Venture Counsel (acquired by Reed Smith LLP), where he specialized in providing legal services to hi-tech companies in the areas of venture financing and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to turning to transactional law, Dennis was a litigator at Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, where he defended financial institutions, and professionals in malpractice cases. Dennis began his legal career as a contractor in Apple, Inc.'s worldwide sales and services legal department.

Dennis received his Bachelors of Arts degree from UCLA, and his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.


On November 6, 2012, Dennis was elected to a 4-year term on the Board of Directors of the El Camino Hospital District with 24,908 votes from the voters of the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and portions of Cupertino, Palo Alto and Santa Clara. He was sworn-in on December 10, 2012 by his mentor Justice Nathan D. Mihara, California Court of Appeals, Sixth District, and was appointed to the El Camino Hospital's nonprofit public benefit corporation's Board of Directors, which operates hospitals and clinics with annual gross revenue of $2.5 billion.

Political Experience

Since 1997, Dennis has been served as campaign manager and consultant for political campaigns including campaigns for city council, California Assembly and state and local measures.

Community Experience

Dennis served on the Santa Clara County Planning Commission for over 13 years, and was its chairman in 2003 and 2011. Additionally, Dennis is currently a Commissioner on the City of Sunnyvale Housing & Human Services Commission and was its chair in 2014. Dennis was a commissioner on the Santa Clara County Census 2000 Complete Count Commission in 2000 - 2001.

Dennis' community activities include:

• Boardmember, Bay Area Municipal Elections Commission (BAYMEC) (2002 - 2004, 2011 - Present)
• Boardmember, Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club (1996 - 2004, 2011 - Present)
• Campaign Consultant, Matt Neely for Mountain View City Council (2003)
• Treasurer, Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee (2000 – 2003)
• Northern CA Chair, California State Democratic Party, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (2002)
• Commissioner, County of Santa Clara 2000 Census Complete Count Commission (1998 – 2000)

Dennis has received awards from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara County Planning Department and political organizations for his work in the community.