The Hon. Nathan (Nhan) T. Vu is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown on June 27, 2018, filling a vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Thomas M. Goethals to the Court of Appeal.
Vu received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1992. He then earned a J.D. from Yale University in 1995.
He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Alex Kozinski at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1995. Then, from 1996 to 2001, he worked as an associate with three different law firms. These included Latham and Watkins, Russin and Vecchi, as well as Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher. His area of practice included commercial and international litigation as well as appellate law.
In 2001 he became an assistant professor at Chapman University School of Law, eventually becoming an associate professor in 2004. He taught subjects such as civil procedure, civil rights, advanced civil procedure, and international business transactions.
He left academia and joined Willenken, Wilson, Loh, and Delgado as a partner in 2006. He held this position until 2014, handling complex business and tax litigation on behalf of public utilities, high net-worth individuals, and Fortune 500 companies. He then joined the Office of the Attorney General of the California Department of Justice as a deputy attorney general. He served in this position until his appointment to the bench.
Vu served as President of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California.
He was a resident of Fullerton, California at the time of his appointment.
Vu is registered as a Democrat.