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12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3333 fax


  • Loyola Law School (J.D.)
  • University of California, Berkeley (B.Arch.)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • American Institute of Architects

Terry T. Tao


Practice Areas

Terry Tao is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.  Mr. Tao practices primarily in the areas of school and public works construction law, architectural malpractice, construction contract administration, ADA physical barrier claims, land use, environmental law, and related matters.  He handles construction litigation, advises clients in drafting contracts and agreements, and assists in general facilities matters. He represents school districts, business and property owners and public entities, including the Los Angeles World Airports and the University of California. 

Mr. Tao has handled and tried numerous facilities cases for schools, county offices and other public entities.  Terry’s approach is to resolve disputes outside of court when possible, based on the actual issues in question as well as long-term issues.  Since Mr. Tao is also an architect, he has the ability to review plans and specifications and apply legal principles to determine the likely result of a particular dispute and to guide the dispute as it unfolds.  On rare occasions when it is not possible to resolve the dispute, Mr. Tao has the experience to take matters to trial or arbitration.  The opposing party may realize it will ultimately lose its case and become more amenable to resolving disputes at favorable terms for Mr. Tao’s clients. 

Mr. Tao is a licensed California Architect.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Tao is a contributor to various construction-related organizations’ monthly newsletters. He lectures extensively on all aspects of public contracts, including bidding and bid protests.




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