Tom Yu

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Tom Yu

Attorney At Law

Prior to forming the Law Offices of Pelayes & Yu, APC in November of 2019, Tom Yu was of-counsel to Wagner & Pelayes, LLP.

Tom represents individual law enforcement officers through their membership in the Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement unions. He has jury trial experience in both state and federal courts, having tried to verdict numerous jury trials. 

Before becoming an attorney, Tom was a deputy sheriff for the County of Los Angeles for over fourteen years. His assignments included custody, patrol, and detectives assigned to the Operation Safe Streets Bureau, Homicide Gang Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. 

Tom passionately shares his knowledge and expertise in gang investigations, search and seizures, Brady issues, along with police disciplinary matters at several POST approved conferences and has been a frequent keynote speaker at seminars hosted by various law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies throughout the United States.

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Juris Doctor
  • Owner-Partner Law Offices of Pelayes & Yu, APC
    November 2019 to present
    Responsible for handling the defense of public entities and employees and law enforcement unions.

  • Of Counsel – Wagner & Pelayes, LLP
    January 2017 to November 2019
    Responsible for handling the defense of public entities and employees and insurance defense.

  • Law Office of Tom Yu, APC
    December 2015 to November 2019
    Responsible for defending police officers in criminal, civil, and administrative cases. 

  • Deputy Sheriff, County of Los Angeles
    September 2003 to October 2017
    Custody, patrol, detectives (Gang Investigator- Operation Safe Streets Bureau; Homicide Gang Task Force; and Federal Bureau of Investigation- Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force)

  • California State Bar 
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • Inland Empire Federal Bar Association

As an attorney and while still employed as a deputy sheriff, Tom designed the existing curriculum for the LASD Search Warrant School, a mandatory course provided for newly promoted detectives. Tom continues to lecture at the LASD’s Advanced Officer Training Bureau, where he teaches the Search Warrant School, Basic Detective Concepts Course, and the Intermediate Detective Concepts Course.

Tom is licensed to practice law in the state courts of California and the United States Court for the Central District of California.

Tom proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

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TOM YU

  • Practicing law for 4+ years
  • 14 Years as a peace officer
  • Two degrees
  • Chinese & German

TEAM MEMBERS

Tristan Pelayes

Tristan Pelayes

Attorney

TAMRIN OLDEN

TAMRIN OLDEN

PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER

Tom Yu

Attorney At Law

Prior to forming the Law Offices of Pelayes & Yu, APC in November of 2019, Tom Yu was of-counsel to Wagner & Pelayes, LLP.

Tom represents individual law enforcement officers through their membership in the Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement unions. He has jury trial experience in both state and federal courts, having tried to verdict numerous jury trials. 

Before becoming an attorney, Tom was a deputy sheriff for the County of Los Angeles for over fourteen years. His assignments included custody, patrol, and detectives assigned to the Operation Safe Streets Bureau, Homicide Gang Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. 

Tom passionately shares his knowledge and expertise in gang investigations, search and seizures, Brady issues, along with police disciplinary matters at several POST approved conferences and has been a frequent keynote speaker at seminars hosted by various law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies throughout the United States.

  • Bachelor of Science
    California State University – Los Angeles

  • Juris Doctor
    Pacific Coast University School of Law – 
    Long Beach

  • Owner-Partner Law Offices of Pelayes & Yu, APC
    November 2019 to present
    Responsible for handling the defense of public entities and employees and law enforcement unions.

  • Of Counsel – Wagner & Pelayes, LLP
    January 2017 to November 2019
    Responsible for handling the defense of public entities and employees and insurance defense.

  • Law Office of Tom Yu, APC
    December 2015 to November 2019
    Responsible for defending police officers in criminal, civil, and administrative cases. 

  • Deputy Sheriff, County of Los Angeles
    September 2003 to October 2017
    Custody, patrol, detectives (Gang Investigator- Operation Safe Streets Bureau; Homicide Gang Task Force; and Federal Bureau of Investigation- Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force)

  • California State Bar 
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • Inland Empire Federal Bar Association

As an attorney and while still employed as a deputy sheriff, Tom designed the existing curriculum for the LASD Search Warrant School, a mandatory course provided for newly promoted detectives. Tom continues to lecture at the LASD’s Advanced Officer Training Bureau, where he teaches the Search Warrant School, Basic Detective Concepts Course, and the Intermediate Detective Concepts Course.

Tom is licensed to practice law in the state courts of California and the United States Court for the Central District of California.

Tom proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

OTHER TEAM MEMBERS

Tristan Pelayes

Tristan Pelayes

Attorney

TAMRIN OLDEN

TAMRIN OLDEN

PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER