Katrina W. Wu

Ms. Wu is an associate in the firm’s Business Department.  She represents clients primarily in the areas of business, intellectual property, estate planning and administration, international finance, investment and tax, administrative land use and environmental, and transactional tax planning and tax controversy.  Ms. Wu’s primary focus is developing creative, strategic solutions tailored to accomplish her clients’ specific goals.

She is bilingual in English and Chinese.


Ms. Wu received her B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2010, and her J.D., M.B.A, and LLM in Taxation at the University of San Diego School of Law in 2015. While in law school, Ms. Wu received multiple honors, including three CALI Awards (Energy Law, European Union Law and Art Law) and a High Pass in Energy Policy and Initiatives Center Internship. She was also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.

Ms. Wu also holds a specialized certificate in CEQA practice from the University of California, San Diego.

Employment Background

While in law school, Ms. Wu worked as a legal intern for Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) and the University of San Diego. She also worked as research assistant at the University of San Diego’s Energy Policy and Incentives Center and State Income Tax Clinic.

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California (Taxation Section)
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society
  • California Department of Real Estate, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Community Affiliations

  • La Jolla Music Society (pro bono work)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • “The Google Art Project: An Analysis from a Legal and Social Perspective on Copyright Implications,” Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society (December 2014)
  • “YouTube Marketing: Legality of Sponsorship and Endorsement in Advertising,” Journal of Law, Business and Ethics (Forthcoming, Spring 2016)
  • “Planning for Outbound Investors," U.S.-Mexico Conference hosted by CalCPA San Diego Chapter (November 30, 2018)
  • “Navigating Intellectual Property Issues for Start-Up Companies," Entrepreneur Summit hosted by NarLabs and National Life Science (May 22, 2019)
  • “Nonresident Aliens: Federal and California Tax Residency Highlights and Planning Strategies," hosted by the California Lawyers Association, International Law Section (June 19, 2019)
  • “Qualified Opportunity Zones and Tax Credits: New IRS Guidance," 2019 Annual Income Tax Seminar hosted by the California Lawyers Association (June 28, 2019)
  • How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could Impact EB-5 Investors,” EB5 Investors Magazine
  • Quick Points article “California Developer-Taxpayer Recognition of Income on Residential Developments,” California Tax Lawyer publication (Volume 26, Number 3) 
  • Quick Points article “Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program to End on September 28, 2018," California Tax Lawyer publication (Volume 27, Number 2)
  • Quick Points article “Tax Code Changes and Charitable Giving," California Tax Lawyer publication (Volume 27, Number 2)
  • Submitted comments to the IRS re: the news 199A Qualified Business Income Deduction

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Selected by California Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2020 (no more than 2.5% of attorneys selected)
  • Best Paper Award (“YouTube Marketing: Legality of Sponsorship and Endorsement in Advertising”), Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (PSWALSB) 2016 Annual Conference
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