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2018 Executive Officers

President: Christina Chan

Christina Chan is an Assistant Attorney General in the MA Attorney General's Office Government Bureau, Trial Division, where she represents the Commonwealth and its state agencies in civil rights, wrongful conviction, employment discrimination, eminent domain, tort, and medical malpractice claims, among others. Prior to joining the AG's office, Christina was a litigation associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where her practice focused on complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract disputes, violations of unfair trade practices laws, securities litigation. While at the firm, Christina actively engaged in pro bono work, representing clients on various matters, including domestic violence protection, prisoner's rights claims, and transgender rights issues.

Christina graduated from a joint degree program between Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University School of Medicine leading to a J.D. and Masters in Public Health. She attended Cornell University where she received a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management.

Christina served as Director of Community Relations on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's successful re-election campaign in 2010 and from 2011 to 2015 served as Chair of the Governor's Asian American Commission/Advisory Council. Christina has also been a Board member of AALAM since 2014, served as AALAM Vice President from 2015 to 2017, and currently is AALAM President.  Christina is on the Board of Directors for the Asian American Civic Association and serves as a council member of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Civil Rights and Social Justice Section Council.  Most recently, Christina was named one of Boston's Top 100 Most Influential People of Color by Get Konnected.

 

Vice President: Leslie F. Su

Leslie F. Su is a law clerk to the Honorable Frank J. Bailey of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to her clerkship, Leslie was a sole practitioner and the principal of Minerva Law, P.C., a bankruptcy and litigation firm based in Andover, Massachusetts. She has represented debtors, creditors, trustees, and unsecured creditors’ committees in a variety of bankruptcy contexts and she has also represented businesses and individuals in litigation. Leslie has participated as a panelist for a number of programs concerning bankruptcy law and diversity in the legal profession. She has also served as a volunteer mediator in courts throughout Massachusetts.

Leslie is an active member of the Boston Bar Association, where she is a co-chair of the Bankruptcy Section Consumer Committee. She also teaches legal research and writing at Boston University School of Law. Leslie is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Boston College Law School.

 

Secretary: Daniel Park

Daniel Park is Vice President and Counsel at State Street, where he supports Corporate Advisory Services and the Investment Manager Services business. Prior to joining State Street, he was a corporate associate at WilmerHale, where he advised public and private companies as well as startup companies on a broad range of matters. He is also a member of the BUSL Alumni Executive Committee. Daniel received a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.


Treasurer: Jennifer Fang

Jennifer Fang is an associate at the new Boston office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. She counsels start-ups and high growth, innovative clients and their board and management teams on formation, corporate governance, securities laws and other legal matters and assists with equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and other corporate transactions.

After graduating from MIT with a Bachelors in Biology and a Masters in Biological Engineering, Jen chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania Law School after being told that its students were the nicest (it's true). On the weekends, you can find Jen dancing with Boston Bhangra, walking her senior rescue dog Chewy or holding formal or informal office hours with start ups and their founders. 

Jen was introduced to AALAM through her life mentors and AALAM co-founders Paul Lee and Marian Tse, and she has served AALAM Board since 2012 and as its treasurer since 2014. She's very excited about the launch of this new website and looks forward to working to further bring together the AALAM membership.

 

Other Directors

Jason Chan

Jason Chan graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology. He then went on to attend the New England School of Law where he served as Editor-In-Chief for the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law. Jason also had his comparative paper published in the spring 2007 edition of the journal. After law school, he went to work for the Worcester District Attorney as an Assistant District Attorney. He is now a partner at Seed, Chan & Associates, LLC and practices criminal defense. Aside from work, Jason previously served as a board member of the Kwong Kow Chinese School, which is located in the heart of Boston's Chinatown. Jason also served as a board member of the Governor's Asian American Commission. Jason would love the opportunity to continue to be a board member of AALAM and continue to help the organization rise to new heights. 

 

Alyce Chen

Alyce Chen is an associate at the Boston office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Her practice focuses on all aspects of corporate law. She represents public and private companies in a variety of industries, including technology, life sciences and financial services.

Alyce has been a member of AALAM since she was a law student at Boston University School of Law, and recognizes AALAM’s role in helping to build the resources and network that has been and still proves to be an essential part of her professional and personal life. She looks forward to an opportunity to participate in AALAM in a more significant capacity. Alyce was a member of the planning committee for the 2015 NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference hosted in Boston and also currently serves on the Bamboo Circle steering committee of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

 

Stephen Y. Chow

Stephen Y. Chow has served on the AALAM Board since 1998, focusing on law student outreach and member professional development. A graduate of Harvard College and GSAS in Physics and of Columbia University Law School (with an intervening stint at Princeton), Steve is a partner in the Boston firm of Burns & Levinson LLP with a practice in developing patent portfolios for and financing diverse technology-oriented enterprises and litigating their business and intellectual property disputes. From 1995 to 2013, he taught "Counseling Technology-Leading Emerging Enterprises" and "Litigating Technology Disputes" at Suffolk University Law School. He currently teaches at Boston University School of Law. An active member of the American Law Institute and a Uniform Law Commissioner - appointed by four Governors - he participates in the updating of the Uniform Commercial Code and the drafting and restatement of other laws relating to electronic commerce, intellectual property, and privacy, and has authored treatises on electronic commerce, internet and international computer law published by Matthew Bender/Lexis-Nexis. He currently is on the Uniform Law Commission's drafting committee on Tort Law Related to Drones and its study committee on Data Breach Notification. Steve served on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, as counsel to the Boston Chapter of the National Association of Asian-American Professionals, on the Council of the Boston Bar Association and on the Executive Management Board of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He wishes to continue service in helping APAs network and develop professionally in the Boston area.


Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark is an associate and patent attorney at DLA Piper LLP (US) in the Intellectual Property and Technology (Patent Prosecution and Strategic Patent Counseling) and Litigation (Products Liability and Mass Tort) practice groups.  He counsels clients on all aspects of patent law including patent preparation, prosecution, post-grant review and IP due diligence.  Jeff also focuses on the defense of pharmaceutical, life science and medical device companies in multidistrict product liability litigation.  Jeff is on the firm’s Hiring Committee and actively engages in pro bono work through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – Patent Pro Bono Program of New England.  He has been recently named a New England Rising Star in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers.

Jeff received his B.A. from Bowdoin College in Biochemistry and M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  After medical school, he completed fellowships at the Cardiovascular Research Center, Department of Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Molecular & Vascular Medicine, Renal Unit in the Department of Medicine.  After switching careers in 2007, Jeff received his J.D. from Boston College Law School.  He is an avid golfer and has been a member of AALAM since 2011.

Jeff is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the AALAM board and support our community of attorneys in the greater Boston area. 


Deana Kim El-Mallawany

Deana Kim El-Mallawany is an Assistant United States Attorney focusing on affirmative civil enforcement. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, she was a litigator at Bingham McCutchen LLP where she represented clients in the media, technology, energy, and financial industries as well as pro bono clients. Before practicing, Deana clerked for the Honorable Jon O. Newman in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Deana also has taught a legal writing seminar at Boston University School of Law. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and son.


Eugene H. Ho

Eugene H. Ho is Counsel at Verrill Dana LLP, where he maintains a sophisticated and diverse transactional practice. Over his years of practice,  Eugene has gained significant transactional experience in all aspects  of mergers and acquisitions, sales and divestitures, joint venture arrangements, commercial loan transactions, and private offerings. Eugene received his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.

Outside of his law practice, Eugene is a member of the Board of Directors of Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) and chair of its Finance Committee. Eugene is also a member of Bentley University's Arts and Sciences Advisory Council

Eugene lives with his wife, Natalie, and their rescue dog, Mildred, in the South End of Boston. He loves to travel and is in constant search of the next great undiscovered destination. When he's not traveling, Eugene spends most of his free time watching sports, reading about sports and talking about sports.

Eugene has been a member of the AALAM Board since 2010 and he served as the Treasurer of AALAM from 2011 to 2013 and Vice President of AALAM from 2014 to 2015. Eugene is the outgoing President of AALAM, a position he has held since 2015.

Len A. Ho

Len A. Ho is Division Counsel at Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network. He previously served as Director and Senior Corporate Counsel at Boston Scientific Corporation, Managing Director at Sallie Mae/Upromise and Assistant General Counsel at Game Show Network Digital. His legal background also includes corporate experience at Mintz Levin (Boston), Edwards Wildman Palmer (Boston) and Brobeck (San Francisco). After receiving his B.S. in Business at the University of California at Berkeley, Len obtained certification as a CPA working in corporate tax at Arthur Andersen in Manhattan. At New York University School of Law, Len was the Vice Chair of APALSA and organized many events aimed at increasing active participation of the membership. As a current member of the AALAM board, Len welcomes the opportunity to continue his service.


Peggy L. Ho

Peggy L. Ho is Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff - Legal & Head of Government Relations at LPL Financial. LPL Financial is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer and supports over 14,000 financial advisors nationwide. Peggy holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, a M.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Council, is chair of the LPL Financial Political Action Committee and is Secretary for the Committee for the Choral Endowment at Harvard University. She was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker in February 2016 to serve as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission. Peggy served as Secretary of AALAM from 2009-2012 and President of AALAM from 2012-2015 and most recently served as co-chair for the Boston Host Committee for the 2015 NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference.


Steven S. Kim

Steven S. Kim has been a board member since 2009. He is a sole practitioner in Boston. His practice is a mixture of criminal and civil litigation; and representing individual clients in residential and commercial real estate transactions. He also handles formation of small business entities and local licensing matters. Prior to opening his practice, he was an Assistant District Attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office; and prior to that was a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in English, M.A. in Higher Education Administration, and J.D. all from Boston College. He is a recent veteran of the war in Afghanistan.


Vincent Lai

Vincent Lai is IP Counsel at Boston Scientific Corporation, where he supports the Urology and Pelvic Health division.  Formerly, he was an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, where he primarily practiced intellectual property litigation (patent litigation, patent prosecution and trademarks). He received his J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law, where he held several positions in the American Pacific American Law Student Association. Prior to law school, Vincent worked as Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He received a M.S. and B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University. Vincent serves on the AALAM board in order to better serve the APA community in Massachusetts.  He is currently the chair of the AALAM Scholarship Committee.


Garrett Lee

Garrett D. Lee concentrates his practice on personal injury cases.  He represents clients who have been injured from motor vehicle accidents, defective products, slip-and-falls, animal attacks, medical malpractice and wrongful death.  He has had success in every phase of personal injury litigation, including jury trial.

Garrett also advises landlords and tenants in their disputes, and currently serves as outside general counsel to a real estate investment company owning hundreds of rental units in the Boston area.

Prior to founding Mitcheson & Lee, Garrett spent nearly a decade working at large national law firms, where he handled exclusively civil litigation matters involving premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, landlord-tenant disputes, legal malpractice, nursing home and medical facility malpractice, real estate professional malpractice, contested foreclosures, product liability, and insurance coverage.

Garrett has successfully represented his clients in all aspects of litigation, including all phases of discovery, depositions, mediation, dispositive motions, court hearings, and jury trial. He has litigated cases in the Massachusetts Superior Court, Massachusetts Housing Court, Massachusetts District Court, United States District Court (MA), Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Rhode Island Superior Court, Rhode Island District Court, and the United States District Court (RI).

For his litigation work, Garrett was recognized as a "Rising Star" by New England Super Lawyers Magazine and Boston Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. This award is given to the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in Massachusetts.

Garrett is involved in the Chinatown and Chinese community in Massachusetts, and represents many Chinese speaking clients in personal injury and landlord / tenant matters. Garrett currently represents numerous family associations in Boston’s Chinatown.

Garrett currently serves as a Board Member with the Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.  He is on the Steering Committee for the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Boston Bar Association.  Garrett also serves as a Co-Chair for the Northeastern University School of Law Boston Regional Alumni Chapter.


Tony K. Lu

Tony K. Lu is an associate at the international law firm, Dentons US LLP, and a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. His focus is on business litigation with particular emphasis on trade secret matters. Tony has broad experience in all aspects of litigation, from pre-suit investigations through trial, mediations and arbitrations. Prior to joining Dentons, Tony was an associate at Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC, where he practiced in the area of products liability and civil liability defense. He has been named a New England Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2012-2015. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served as co-president of APALSA, and his B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies from Skidmore College, where he was a four-year member of the varsity crew team.


Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee is Assistant General Counsel at Wells Fargo. She is the Chief Legal Officer for Wells Fargo Asset Management. As CLO, Michelle leads a team of 24 professionals in delivering legal advice to a global asset management firm servicing retail and institutional clients by providing mutual funds, alternative investment funds, collective products and separately managed account strategies. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Michelle was Associate General Counsel and Managing Director at Bank of America (2004-2018), where she led a team of attorneys to support the development and distribution of investment products and services within the Bank's Global Wealth and Investment Management Division, including its Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and US Trust businesses. These products include the Bank's proprietary money market funds, distribution of third party mutual funds, separately managed accounts, alternative investment funds, capital market products including market linked investments, insurance products, bank trust products and retirement services. Prior to joining the Bank, Michelle was an Associate and Junior Partner at WilmerHale from 1997-2004. Michelle has a B.A. from Smith College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Michelle’s favorite vacation spot is the Outer Banks.


Vatsady Sivongxay

As the oldest daughter of a blue-collar immigrant family from Laos, Vatsady Sivongxay has always charted her own path and illustrated a commitment to making a difference in the community. As an attorney, community advocate, mother and former refugee, Vatsady is running for Cambridge City Council.  In her recent post as director of public policy for Boston City Council District 7, Vatsady focused on implementing public policy to improve education, economic development, community engagement and collaboration. Prior to her appointment, Vatsady ran her law practice where she represented small businesses and immigrants. Vatsady holds a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelors degree in International Relations and French from Creighton University. Vatsady is committed to compassionate community service. She is currently a trustee of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund and a weekly volunteer at the Cambridge Women's Center. She is also a co-founder of Nile's Initiatives for Learning and Education.  All of this gives her a deeper insight into the challenges faced by many in our community.


Emily Sy

Emily Sy is an associate at the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP. Emily's practice focuses on representing pharmaceutical companies and their executives and medical device manufacturers and their executives in government health care fraud investigations and related civil litigation. Emily holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as President of APALSA, and a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she served as President of ASU. Emily currently serves on the Bamboo Circle Steering Committee for the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. Emily also serves the chair of the Marketing Committee and was a member of the Boston Host Committee for the 2015 Northeast Regional NAPABA Conference. Emily has been a member of AALAM since June 2014.


Elysa Wan

Elysa Wan is an Assistant Attorney General in the MA Attorney General’s Office White Collar Crime and Public Integrity Division of the Criminal Bureau.  She focuses on prosecuting financial crimes and abuses of power by public officials.  Before joining the AG’s office, Elysa Wan practiced for six years at O’Melveny & Myers (San Francisco) and Greenberg Traurig (Chicago) litigating patent and trade secret cases.  Elysa graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering and attended the University of Chicago Law School.  She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Andy, and her border collie mix, Addie.  In her free time she enjoys discovering Chinese restaurants, rooting for the Celtics, and planning her next big trip. 


Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong is an associate at Holland & Knight LLP, and is a member of the firm's national Healthcare & Life Sciences practice group. She advises a variety of health care clients in the pharmaceutical and health insurance sector on regulatory and compliance issues, particularly in matters related to Medicare Part D and managed care. Prior to law school, Melissa worked at American Express in several roles, including strategy and business development, marketing, and risk management consulting. Melissa received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Melissa serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Asian + Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health, and was recently appointed as Vice-Chair of the Medicare Advantage and Part D Affinity Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. 


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