Travis J. (“T.J.”) Tu is General Counsel and has served as lead counsel in several of the Center’s critical impact litigations. T.J. joined the Center in 2018 from the law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP where he was a partner specializing in unfair competition and false advertising litigation. As part of his active pro bono practice, T.J. previously represented the American Bar Association before the U.S. Supreme Court as amicus curiae in United States v. Windsor, as well as a coalition of elected officials as amicus curiae in Obergefell v. Hodges. T.J. also has a longstanding commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, serving as co-chair of his former firm’s diversity efforts and chair of the scholarship committee for Just the Beginning Foundation, an organization that encourages minority students to pursue legal careers.
T.J. is a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor when she was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He graduated from the New York University School of Law in 2003, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Law Review and a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar.