President: Leslie F. Su
Leslie F. Su is a law clerk with 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 has served as a co-chairs of the Bankruptcy Section Education, Consumer, Diversity & Inclusion, and Membership Committees. 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 served as Vice President from 2018 to 2019. She previously served as AALAM Secretary from 2016 to 2017.
Vice President: Daniel Park
Daniel Park is Senior Director, Head of Corporate Law 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.
Secretary: 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.
Treasurer: Jeff Clark
Jeff Clark is Intellectual Property Counsel at Flagship Pioneering. The Flagship team conceives, resources, and builds life sciences companies that invent breakthrough technologies, each based on an original product platform, to transform health care and sustainability. Previously, Jeff was General Counsel at Calyx Containers, and the Chief Business Officer at Enzychem Lifesciences. Jeff spent 12 years in private practice, working as an associate and patent attorney at DLA Piper LLP (US) (Intellectual Property and Technology; Products Liability and Mass Tort), Pepper Hamilton, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds and Foley Hoag.
Jeff received his B.A. from Bowdoin College, M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and J.D. from Boston College Law 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. He is an avid golfer and has been a member of AALAM since 2011, serving as a Board member since 2018 and Assistant Treasurer in 2019.
Christina Chan is an Assistant Attorney General in the MA Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud Division and prosecutes medical providers for fraud and abuse allegations related to the Massachusetts Medicaid program. She also has served as an AAG in the Trial Division, where she represented 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, and 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 been a Board member of AALAM since 2014, served as AALAM Vice President from 2015 to 2017, and as AALAM President from 2017 to 2019. Christina has also served on the Board of Directors for the Asian American Civic Association and serves as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Civil Rights and Social Justice Section Council and is a member of the MBA's Judicial Diversity Taskforce. Christina also currently serves on the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors. Most recently, Christina was named a "Best Under 40" Lawyer by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, one of Boston's Top 100 Most Influential People of Color by Get Konnected, and one of the Top 50 Most Influential Attorneys of Color by Get Konnected. Christina has also received the Attorney General Francis X. Bellotti Award for Excellence and Attorney General Martha Coakley Award for Outstanding Teamwork.
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.
Edward S. 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 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, he 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.
Jennifer Fang is a corporate partner 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.
Jen was introduced to AALAM through her mentors and AALAM co-founders Paul Lee and Marian Tse, and she has served AALAM Board since 2012 and as its treasurer from 2014 to 2019.
Angel focuses her practice on business immigration matters and related compliance issues. She works with employers in designing and defining corporate immigration programs and policies, and in structuring short and long-term visa strategies for management, professional and specialized skill foreign employees. She also advises employers on discipline, suspension and/or termination of visa sponsored employees and litigation prevention measures; and counsels clients on employment eligibility verification, I-9, and E-verify compliance and employer defense in ICE audits, and worksite investigations.
Prior to joining Mintz, Angel was senior counsel at a law firm in New York where she advised on corporate immigration strategies. She has also served as an Assistant Vice President & Counsel at Fortune 100 financial company where she oversaw all immigration and employment matters. Angel has practiced as an attorney at various national and regional law firms, as well as non-profits, where she has provided immigration and employment law counseling as well as employment litigation representation.
Angel has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of Employment: Immigration as a “Next Generation Lawyer” and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and several other professional organizations. She is a director and a past president of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association and has served on the Connecticut Bar Association’s diversity committee, on the board of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, and on the task force of the Asian Pacific American Coalition.
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 consists predominantly of a mixture of criminal defense and civil rights litigation; and also representing individual clients in residential and commercial real estate transactions. 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 former military lawyer (Judge Advocate), and veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
Tiffany is an asset 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. She is also actively engaged in pro bono activities, representing clients on immigration, asylum and domestic violence protection matters. Prior to joining Ropes, Tiffany worked for State Street Bank and Trust Company as an associate attorney and assistant vice president. She received her B.A. from the George Washington University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Tiffany has been a member of AALAM since 1L at NUSL and joined the AALAM Board in 2018.
Garrett D. Lee is an equity partner with Morgan & Morgan P.A., where he co-manages the firm’s Boston office. He concentrates his practice on personal injury cases, representing 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.
For his litigation work, Garrett was recognized as a "Rising Star" by New England Super Lawyers Magazine and Boston Magazine every year since 2013. 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 matters.
Garrett is a current Co-Chair for the Insurance and Tort Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association. He is also a Director for the Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Board, and sits on the Massachusetts Joint Bar Committee.
Uzma Saghir is corporate counsel at the General Counsel's office of Liberty Mutual Insurance, a Fortune 100 company. She focuses primarily on 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 a Board Member of the Women's Bar Foundation since 2013 where she is chair of the Pro Bono Programs Committee. She is also a Board Member of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston where she serves as chair of the Public Relations Committee. Uzma has been an active member of AALAM for several years and she looks forward to taking on a leadership role in fostering community involvement, professional development, and legal scholarship.
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.
Lucy Sun graduated from New York University in 2009 and from Boston University School of Law in 2014. After graduating, Lucy joined the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office as an Assistant Attorney General in the Trial Division. In 2018, Lucy clerked for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and joined the United States Attorney's Office in 2019 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division.
In her free time, Lucy is a Big Sister in the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and has been matched with her little sister for almost three years. Lucy previously was a member of the AALAM Government Committee and helped organize events around downtown Boston.
Emily Sy is Litigation Counsel at Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.SA., Inc. Prior to joining Takeda, Emily was a Vice President and Litigation Counsel at State Street Bank and Trust Company. Emily started her career as 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.
Emily was recently named as a 2020 In House Leader in the Law by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Sophie F. Wang is a Principal at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, where she represents biotech, pharmaceutical, and technology companies in complex intellectual property and commercial disputes across the country. Her practice focuses on complex patent and trade secret litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, post-grant and inter partes review proceedings before the United States Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB), and contract and licensing disputes within the life sciences and technology industries. Sophie also represents leading industry organizations in submitting amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on a variety of key issues concerning intellectual property rights, and is currently serving on the Amicus Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Sophie also has extensive civil and criminal jury trial experience, having previously served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County. She is on the Board of the Boston Intellectual Property Inn of Court and active in the Boston Patent Law Association. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.