Thai V. Phan
Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Costa Mesa, CA

Thai Viet Phan, J.D., M.P.P. is a Government & Regulatory Law associate at Rutan & Tucker, LLP in Costa Mesa. Thai’s practice includes providing advice and counsel to public agencies regarding the Brown Act, conflicts of interest, and constitutional law, previously serving as the Interim Assistant City Attorney for the City of Irvine. Thai also advises private clients on campaign finance regulations pursuant to the Political Reform Act of 1974. Her litigation experience includes general civil litigation, land use disputes, and municipal code enforcement. Thai is an update co-author for the CEB 2019 Update of California Administrative Mandamus.

Thai received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from UCLA and her Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor from USC. As a law student, she externed for the Honorable Dolly M. Gee at the U.S. District Court and worked on civil cases involving civil rights and police misconduct pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983.  While at USC, Thai was involved with the Public Interest Law Foundation and the First Generation Professionals Program and continues to mentor first gen students and recent graduates. Thai currently serves as the secretary for Orange County Young Democrats, a local civic organization that seeks to involve young people in politics and the electoral process. For her work in the community, Thai was recently honored at the 46th Congressional District’s Women of the Year Award presented by Congressmember Lou Correa.

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