Meet Maria Tu


Maria Tu’s parents had lived through the ravages of Chinese communism. To them, America was the greatest beacon of hope and opportunity on Earth.  When the opportunity came to go to America, Maria’s parents decided to pioneer the move by going alone and leaving her and her brother behind until they were established financially.  They told 9-year-old Maria that she would have to stay behind with her grandparents.

The tenacious Maria called a family meeting and told her parents she wanted to live the American Dream and that she would not be a financial burden—Maria promised that she would work hard and pay her own way. A month later she was with her family in America.

Maria has kept her promise.  She worked outside of the home from the day she arrived in America by babysitting at age 10 and housecleaning at age 12.  She began delivered newspapers when she was 15.  To save and pay for her college tuition, at age 16, Maria worked five jobs at once. She delivered newspapers at 4 am, then worked the morning shift at Arby’s, the afternoon shift at Burger King, the evening shift at Hefty, and finishing the night at Denny’s before starting all over again.

After college, at age 19, Maria campaigned for Senator Daniel J. Evans and followed him to Washington D.C.  when he won the U.S. Senate seat.  Later, she came back home to go to law school, and after passing the Washington bar, Maria was hired by a top 6 Washington law firm to develop legal representation in the area of international business transactions between U.S.  and Asian companies.

Although she was successful, but ever the entrepreneur, Maria wanted more than serving only the elite few.  She wanted something that would challenge her more and to build a business of her own.  She left Washington State and came to Texas to start anew.

When Maria arrived in Plano, Texas, she had no money in her pockets, but because of Plano, Maria and her husband became pioneers of a brand-new market—they founded the first company to sell sushi directly in grocery stores across North Texas. After a tough start, they were soon selling out their products every day.  Plano helped Maria to become a successful business woman.

Eventually, the Tu’s sold their restaurant, but not to retire.  Maria went back to the practicing of law.  Then a non-practicing attorney, Maria sat and passed the Texas Bar exam and was hired as a prosecutor for the Collin County DA’s office. She successfully prosecuted hardened criminals and helped make our community safe. Today, she owns her own law practice—serving Plano families.

No matter the challenge, Maria has done what it takes to succeed. With your help, she is ready to take on her next challenge—serving you on the Plano City Council.


  • Member, Plano Chamber Of Commerc
  • Member, Leadership Of Plano, Class Of 36
  • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Lawyers Of Distinction
  • Member, Collin County Lawyers Association
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers
  • Texas Diversity Council