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2021-2022 Executive Officers

President: Emily Sy

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 and the Greater Boston Legal Services

Emily was recently named as a 2020 In House Leader in the Law by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. 


Vice President:  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. 


Secretary: Tiffany Ko

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.


Treasurer: Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark is Vice President, 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.

 

Other Directors

Christina Chan

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.

 

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. Since 2016, he has taught 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 and Data Security and Privacy by MCLE. He currently is a member of the Uniform Law Commission's standing Technology Committee, its drafting committee on Collection of Use and Personally Identifiable Data and its study committee on Cybercrime, is vice-chair of its standing committee on Developments in Privacy Law, and is ABA Advisor to its drafting committees on Covenants Not to Compete and the UCC & Emerging Technologies. 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.


Angel Feng

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.


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.


Sarah G. Kim

Sarah G. Kim is a Deputy Treasurer and General Counsel for the Office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer & Receiver General.  As a Deputy Treasurer, Ms. Kim has general oversight of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.  As General Counsel, Ms. Kim manages the team that provides support to the Treasury and its affiliated agencies on a variety of legal issues and advises on strategic policy, procurement, employment, and litigation issues.  Before joining the Treasury, Ms. Kim was an Assistant Attorney General in the Fraud and Financial Crimes Division under Attorney General Martha Coakley.  Prior to that, for ten years, Ms. Kim was an attorney in the litigation practice group of Bingham McCutchen LLP (now Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP). 

Ms. Kim has been a long-time supporter of Boston-area community organization, including the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the Boston Bar Association, and the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.  She was a member of the AALAM Board, serving as President from June 2010 to May 2012 and Co-President from June 2012 to about June 2013.  Ms. Kim is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law and Dartmouth College.


Jan Ryu Koo 

Jan Ryu Koo is a Senior Counsel and Vice President at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), which is the investment management division of State Street Corporation. She provides legal advice to SSGA’s institutional client facing businesses worldwide, specifically providing legal support related to sales, distribution, product and other client facing matters. Jan joined SSGA from Fidelity Investments, and her prior experience includes practicing in both private practice and in-house (global investment bank) in Sydney, Australia for over 7 years. Jan received her dual LL.B/B.Sc. degree from University of Sydney and a LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in New York, Massachusetts and New South Wales (Australia). Jan has always been passionate about and involved with diversity and inclusion efforts and she is excited to continue her contributions through the AALAM Board.


Garrett Lee

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.


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.


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 has served as a co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section's Pro Bono, Education, Consumer, Diversity & Inclusion, and Membership Committees. From 2007 to 2021, she taught 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 President from 2019 to 2021, Vice President from 2018 to 2019, and Secretary from 2016 to 2017.


Lucy Sun

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.


Sophie Wang

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.


Jay Yi 

Jay is an asset management associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, specializing in the representation of investment advisers, private equity funds, hedge funds, and other private funds in connection with various fundraising, structuring, governance, operations, regulatory, and compliance matters. He leads monthly meetings and organizes AAPI Heritage Month events for the firm as the co-head of the Asian American Pacific Islanders Lawyers group.

Prior to attending law school, Jay taught 9th grade English in a high school in the Bronx, worked as a paralegal in the Special Litigations department of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and volunteered as an auxiliary police officer with the 5th Precinct of the NYPD. In law school, he served as the co-President of APALSA and interned in the Superior Court of D.C. with Judge Florence Pan, who was confirmed in 2021 as the first Asian-American woman to serve on the U.S. District Court of D.C. In his free time, Jay enjoys boxing, swing dancing, and caring for his ragamuffin cat, Mille-Feuille (aka Milly).

Jay received his B.A. in English and Literature from Duke University and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Emily Yu 

Emily Yu is Senior Real Estate Counsel at BioMed Realty, a leading provider of laboratory and office space for the life science and technology industries.  Emily represents the company in leasing, acquisitions, development, financing, and operational matters across BioMed’s portfolio on the East Coast and the UK.  Emily previously served as an associate and counsel in the real estate department at Edwards Wildman LLP, and as a law clerk at the Massachusetts Land Court.  Emily received her B.A. from Wellesley College and J.D. from Boston College Law School.  Emily currently serves on the board of Asian Community Development Corporation and as a trustee of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund, where she previously served as board chair from 2016-2020.  Emily has been a member of AALAM since 2004, and previously served on the board, including as Vice President from 2010-2011.


Yin Zhou 

Yin Zhou is an Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America and focuses her practice on wealth management litigation for the Private Bank and Merrill Lynch.  Previously, she was a Vice President and in-house counsel at State Street Bank and Trust Company, supporting its Global Markets‘ securities lending business.  She holds a J.D. from U.C. Hastings and a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College and started her legal career at WilmerHale, where she practiced antitrust and securities litigation.  She had served as an AALAM board member from 2010 to 2013.


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

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