Business Law • Land Use • Wills & Trusts
Dennis W. Chiu, Esq.

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 and net operating revenue of approximately $664 million.

Dennis also is the Vice Chair of the Santa Clara County Planning Commission, where he has been serving since 2000, and was its chairman in 2002-2003 and 2010-2011. Additionally, Dennis is a Commissioner on the City of Sunnyvale Housing & Human Services Commission. 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 Manager, Paul Lewin for Palm Springs City Council (2011)
• Campaign Manager, Margaret Abe-Koga for Mountain View City Council (2004)
• Co-Chair, No on CA Proposition 54 Campaign (2003)
• 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)
• Campaign Manager, Steven Nakano for Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge (1996)

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.

Shirley Tam, Esq.
Of Counsel

Shirley has been practicing law in California since 2001, and specializes in Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration, Estate Tax Services, Trust & Estate litigation, and Medi-Cal Planning.

Shirley's litigation experience distinguishes her from most other estate planning attorneys by giving her a unique perspective on how to create estate plans that withstand litigation or argument after the settlor passes away. A poorly drafted estate plan is rife with ambiguity, which makes it susceptible to multiple interpretations and often leads to arguments in Court.

Shirley was born and raised in southern California. For most of her life, she lived in the City of Monterey Park. She left for the Bay Area when she was accepted to the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with an emphasis in political theory. She attended Loyola Law School of Los Angeles directly after college and was admitted to the California Bar on December 2001.

Shirley is bilingual; fluent in Cantonese, a dialect commonly spoken in southern China. She also speaks some conversational Mandarin, the official Chinese dialect.

Shirley's hobbies include dinner parties and collecting recipes and cookbooks.