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Overcoming Obstacles as a Diverse Attorney

  • Tuesday, June 06, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Nelson Mullins - 1 Financial Center, Floor 35, Boston, MA
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Panelists will discuss the challenges they faced throughout their legal careers as diverse attorneys, how they were able to navigate them, and the role and importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession.  A happy-hour networking reception will follow after the panel.


Malinda “Lindy” Reed - Lindy is a litigation associate at Nelson Mullins and a Northeastern University School of Law graduate.  She represents and advises clients who are the subject of international and national government investigations and federal enforcement and compliance actions.  She also litigates and assists clients with labor and employment matters, complex commercial disputes, gaming law licensing and compliance, and insurance defense.  As an undergraduate student at UMass Lowell, she was elected twice by the student body to serve as a Student Trustee on the UMass Board of Trustees. 

Nicole PheNicole’s practice is focused on labor and employment law and related litigation. She has experience in defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and trade secret misappropriation. In addition to her litigation practice, Nicole regularly counsels clients on a broad range of workplace issues, including wage-and-hour compliance, employee classifications, and terminations.


Diana Chiang - Diana is currently in-house litigation counsel at State Street a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to her current role, Diana served as in-house counsel at a multinational electricity and gas utility company, clerked for a federal magistrate judge and worked at a midsize firm. In her free time, Diana enjoys baking, volunteering with RST, indoor cycling and traveling.

Diana Li - Diana is a mid-level associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in the Investment Management - Private Funds group where she represents and counsels investment advisers, unregistered investment companies, and domestic and offshore private investment entities. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Diana worked in law firms in Vienna, Austria and Shanghai, China. Diana received her B.S. in Psychology from Boston College in 2016 and J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2019. A fun fact about Diana is that she was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and is native German speaker and speaks conversational Mandarin. She is also involved in the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mass Bar Association, the Womens Bar Association and The Dance Complex.

Payal Salsburg - Payal Salsburg, a partner at Laredo & Smith, focuses her practice in the areas of business litigation, corporate advice and counsel, and white collar criminal defense. She represents corporations, small businesses and individuals in connection with an array of matters including contract and business disputes, False Claims Act litigation, and government and internal investigations. Payal also routinely advises closely-held businesses on corporate and employment matters. Having grown up in India, she speaks fluent Hindi.

Vivian HsuVivian is the principal of Hsu & Associates LLC, a consulting firm specializing in ombuds and conflict resolution services to businesses and non-profit organizations.  Vivian is a graduate of Smith College and Suffolk University School of Law. Vivian has served on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators for complaints before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and on the faculty for the MCAD’s Train-the- Trainer Discrimination Prevention programs. Prior to private practice, she was in-house Division Counsel with Motorola, Inc. and Staff Attorney for the WGBH Educational Foundation. 

The Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

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