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2019 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 has served as a 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 Joan N. Feeney 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 Education 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.

Leslie has been a Board member of AALAM since 2014 and she is currently Vice President. She previously served as AALAM Secretary from 2016 to 2017.

 

Secretary: Daniel Park

Daniel Park is Director, Legal Affairs at Magenta Therapeutics.  Prior to joining Magenta, he was a Vice President and Counsel at State Street and a corporate associate at WilmerHale. 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.  

 

Ed Cheng

Edward S. Cheng is a partner in Sherin and Lodgen LLP’s Litigation Department. He specializes in complex commercial disputes, professional malpractice cases, insurance coverage disputes, and real estate litigation. His clients include attorneys and their law firms, corporations, architects, engineers, title insurance companies, and professional liability insurance companies. Ed has also litigated employment, construction disputes, trade secret, and non-competition agreement disputes.

Ed represents attorneys in disciplinary proceedings before the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers (“BBO”). As a former Hearing Officer for the BBO, he presided over BBO hearings, received and considered evidence at hearings, and made findings of fact and conclusions of law (as part of a three person hearing panel) for the BBO. He brings this experience and insight into his practice of defending attorneys before the BBO.

Ed is also active in the legal community. He has served on the Massachusetts Client Security Board, the State Ballot Law Commission, and the Judicial Nominating Commission. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the South Cove Manor at Quincy Point Rehabilitation Center.

Ed holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. After law school, Mr. Cheng was law clerk to the Hon. Margaret H. Marshall of the Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

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 Managing Attorney of the Hsuanyeh Law Group, PC (previously a partner at Nutter and Burns & Levinson) 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 (also its Judicial Diversity Committee). He wishes to continue service in helping APAs network and develop professionally in the Boston area and beyond.

 

Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark is currently General Counsel at Calyx Containers, overseeing all legal matters at the company that was founded in 2016.  He was formerly the Chief Business Officer (CBO) at Enzychem Lifesciences, a Korean-based pharmaceutical company. There, he served as the Director of Intellectual Property and Medical Director for a Phase II clinical study for Chemotherapy-Induced Neutropenia.  Jeff was also 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. 

Jeff received his B.A. from Bowdoin College in Biochemistry and M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  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.  Jeff received his J.D. from Boston College Law School.  He is an avid golfer and has been a member of AALAM since 2011.

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

 

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, Vice President of AALAM from 2014 to 2015, and President of AALAM from 2015 to 2017.

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, Government Relations, Chief of Staff - Compliance Legal & Risk 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.

 

Tiffany Ko

Tiffany Ko is an investment management associate at Ropes & Gray LLP and her practice focuses on representing registered investment companies, their independent directors and investment advisers in regulatory, transactional and compliance matters. Tiffany is also actively engaged in pro bono activities, representing clients on matters relating to immigration, asylum and domestic violence protection. Prior to joining Ropes, Tiffany worked for State Street Bank and Trust Company as an associate attorney and assistant vice president. Tiffany received her B.A. from the George Washington University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.


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 D. 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.

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, 2017, and 2018. 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 is a current Co-Chair for the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Committee for the Boston Bar Association. He is also a Director for the Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Board,  serves on the Steering Committee for the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Boston Bar Association, and 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.


Uzma Saghir

Uzma Saghir is corporate counsel at the General Counsel's office of Liberty Mutual Insurance, a Fortune 100 company. She has ten years of experience practicing law built upon successfully drafting and negotiating large commercial contracts. Via past positions, she has become adept at managing both internal stakeholders and third parties in support of strategic company objectives while adhering to organizational regulatory, ethical and cultural standards. In her role as counsel, Uzma also serves as a strategic business advisor where she engages with stakeholders to identify, develop, and implement strategies to manage legal exposure, proposing practical risk mitigation strategies, providing creative legal solutions and ensuring compliance with various legislation, policies and regulations. Uzma has been and continue to be a Board Member of the Women's Bar Foundation since 2013 and is currently chair of the Pro Bono Programs Committee. Uzma also previously served as a Board Member of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston where she chaired the Public Relations Committee.


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 Vice President and Litigation Counsel at State Street Bank & Trust Company. Prior to joining State Street, Emily was a commercial litigation and white collar associate at Nixon Peabody LLP. 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 Board of Directors of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

 

Elysa Wan

Elysa Wan is an Assistant United States Attorney. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, she was an Assistant Attorney General focusing on prosecuting financial crimes and abuses of power by public officials.  She also practiced 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 looks forward to meeting other members of AALAM on a professional and personal level. 

 

Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong is a partner 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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