Association of

2024 Executive Officers

President:  Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and is a member of the firm's Healthcare & Life Sciences practice group, which is the largest in the nation.  She advises a variety of healthcare clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and health insurance sector on regulatory and compliance issues, particularly in matters related to regulatory compliance, coverage and reimbursement, market access, and managed care.  Melissa also works with non-traditional health care entities providing delegated services to health care providers and plans.  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 has held leadership roles in other health care-oriented organizations, including the American Health Law Association.  Melissa was named a Massachusetts Go To Lawyer in Healthcare and Life Sciences by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and has been ranked by Chambers since 2021.

Vice President: Tiffany Ko

Tiffany is Counsel at MFS Investment Management, one of the oldest asset management companies in the world which has been credited with pioneering the mutual fund.  Tiffany regularly works with the MFS Board of Trustees and advises on regulatory, transactional and compliance matters.  Prior to joining MFS, she was an asset management associate at Ropes & Gray LLP for about six years and she started her legal career at State Street Bank & 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. Tiffany has been a member of AALAM since 1L at NUSL and joined the AALAM Board in 2018.

Treasurer: Diana Li

Diana is a mid-level associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in the Investment Management - Private Funds group where she represents and counsels investment advisers, unregistered investment companies, and domestic and offshore private investment entities. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Diana worked in law firms in Vienna, Austria and Shanghai, China. Diana received her B.S. in Psychology from Boston College in 2016 and J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2019. A fun fact about Diana is that she was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and is native German speaker and speaks conversational Mandarin. She has danced competitively most of her life and is passionate about lifting up the Asian community by planning events and mentoring law students.

Secretary: 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. From 2020 to 2022, he was the co-head of the Asian American Pacific Islanders Lawyers group and led monthly meetings and organized AAPI Heritage Month events for the firm. 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 Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and volunteered as an auxiliary police officer with the 6th 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 2022 as the first Taiwanese-American to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In his free time, Jay enjoys boxing, swing dancing, making waffles in his office and caring for his ragamuffin cat, Millecrepe (aka Millie). Jay received his B.A. in English and Literature from Duke University and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Board of Directors 

Alda Chan

Alda is an Assistant Attorney General at the Consumer Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she investigates and sues actors that engage in unfair and deceptive practices in order to stop such harm moving forward and to provide restitution to Massachusetts consumers.  Prior to joining the AGO, Alda was a litigation associate at the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian representing mainly adults who were survivors of child sexual abuse by the hands of institutional and authoritative figures.  Alda also had the honor and amazing opportunity to serve as the clerk of the Honorable Dalila A. Wendlandt while she was on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  Ever since graduating from Boston University School of Law in 2019, Alda has endeavored to make the world just a little bit brighter by bringing compassion into her work and finding the intersectionality across any two people.

Celene Chen

Celene Chen is a second-year litigation associate at Cooley LLP. She represents clients in a variety of matters, including government and internal investigations, complex contractual disputes, copyright disputes, and false advertising claims involving user-generated content.

Diana Chiang

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

Chantal Choi

Chantal Choi is an Associate Counsel at Toast, a restaurant point of sale and management system based in Boston. Prior to attending law school, Chantal was a Chinese advocate at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) and assisted in building the legal program at ATASK. In law school, she served as the President of APALSA and was a member of the Suffolk University Law Review. Chantal was also a recipient of the AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship.  Chantal received her J.D from Suffolk University Law School and her B.A from Boston College.

Stephen Y. Chow

Stephen Y. Chow has served on the AALAM Board since 1998, focusing on law student outreach, member professional development, and community issues. A graduate of Harvard College and GSAS in Physics and of Columbia University Law School (with an intervening stint at Princeton), Steve practices with the Hsuanyeh Law Group, PC (previously a partner at Nutter and Burns & Levinson), developing patent and technology 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 been a lecturer at Boston University School of Law on information and start-up law. An active member of the American Law Institute and a Uniform Law Commissioner - appointed by four Governors - Steve participates in the updating of the Uniform Commercial Code and the drafting and restatement of other laws relating to electronic commerce, intellectual property, artificial intelligence and privacy; he tweaked, introduced, and shepherded to 2018 enactment the Massachusetts Uniform Trade Secrets Act. In those organizations and at the American Bar Association, the Sedona Conference, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he works towards a balance of commercial, institutional and personal claims to information and societal interests in accountability of automated systems. 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 and beyond.

Lesley Chuang

Lesley Chuang is a litigation associate at DLA Piper. Her practice focuses on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device companies in a variety of disputes, including multidistrict product liability litigation and complex commercial litigation. She has litigated in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine and has counseled clients on regulatory issues involving emerging contaminants, in particular the state of the law and science of PFAS across the U.S. In addition to her practice, Lesley is actively involved in pro bono and represents clients in asylum and special immigrant juvenile status matters. Lesley is a long-time AALAM member and mentors and supports law students through AALAM’s Law Student Committee. She also co-chairs the Mass Torts & Class Actions Committee at the NAPABA and the Senior Associates Forum at the BBA. Lesley is a graduate of Union College, Princeton University, and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Phebe Hong

Phebe Hong is currently clerking for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Harvard College in regenerative biology and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. While in law school, she served as Co-President of the Harvard Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. In her free time, she likes to teach dance cardio classes and give historical walking tours of Boston.

Kat Delos Reyes

Kat Delos Reyes is an associate in Burns & Levinson LLP’s Intellectual Property Group specializing in copyright, trademark and data privacy law. She helps clients develop, leverage and protect intellectual property. Prior to law school, she was a Teach for America corps member and worked in Development at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.  Kat also serves Fenway Health as a board member.  In her free time, she enjoys running and going to concerts.  

Angel Feng

Angel is a Special Counsel at Mintz, where she 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. 

Malinda "Lindy" Reed

Lindy is a litigation associate at Nelson Mullins and a Northeastern University School of Law graduate.  Lindy handles a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters.  Her experience includes government investigations and federal enforcement and compliance actions, labor and employment matters, complex commercial disputes and civil litigation, insurance law, and gaming law licensing and compliance. 

Jan Ryu Koo

Jan Ryu Koo is Counsel and Vice President at Natixis Investment Managers. Prior to Natixis, Jan was a Senior Counsel and Vice President at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), which is the investment management division of State Street Corporation. 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 serves on the Boston Bar Association Council. He is also a Director for the Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Board, and sits on the Massachusetts Joint Bar Committee.

Ellen C. Miller

Ellen C. Miller (she/her) is an associate in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Real Estate Industry Business Unit, where she advises clients on a variety of commercial real estate transactions, including joint ventures, financings, acquisitions and dispositions. She is a local council co-leader of Goodwin’s Pride group, a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, and maintains an active pro bono practice focused primarily on nonprofit entity formation and governance. In addition to her billable work, Ellen serves as a member of the Asian Community Development Corporation’s Real Estate Committee, and on the second Saturday of the month you will usually find her volunteering at Ricesticks & Tea Asian Food Pantry. She believes very deeply in the power of community and collective care. Ellen received a B.F.A. in Visual Arts with a concentration in printmaking from Rutgers University, so it was a bit of surprise for everyone (herself included) when she went on to earn her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Prior to law school, Ellen competed as a Division I track & field athlete, worked as a children’s art teacher, and taught English as a Fulbright ETA in Kinmen, Taiwan. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her partner and their menagerie of pets.

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 the Asian Student Union. Emily currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Legal Services. Emily served as AALAM President from 2022 to 2023. Emily was named as a 2020 In House Leader in the Law by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and 2022 Emerging Leader by the Women's Bar Association. 

Andrew Truong

Andrew Truong is an associate at Locke Lord LLP, where he represents clients in various commercial transactions including debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters. During law school, Andrew served as President of APALSA and as a student attorney in the Human Trafficking Clinic. Prior to law school, he served as co-chair of his college’s Asian American and Pacific Islander student organization and interned at Community Legal Aid assisting with the Asian Outreach and Advocacy Project. Andrew received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross.

Sophie Wang

Sophie F. Wang is a Partner 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 as Vice Chair of 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.

Alan Wong

Alan Wong is Associate Counsel at KabaFusion, where he concentrates his in-house practice on litigation and pre-litigation matters.  Alan has long been active in AAPI advocacy, from leading undergraduate AAPI student groups, to co-chairing his law school's APALSA chapter, to being a founding co-chair of his former firm's Asian employee resource group.  A lifelong resident of the Boston area, Alan believes strongly in supporting the local AAPI community, and works with organizations like the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence in a pro bono capacity.  He is also an Alternate Regional Governor for the Northeast Region of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  Alan received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in economics, political science, and Asian American studies.  He received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and has been a member of AALAM since graduating from law school in 2013.

Phil Yao

Phil Yao is a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray LLP.  His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, appellate litigation, commercial litigation, antitrust law, and education law.  His clients include multinational banks, universities, private equity firms, pharmaceutical companies, and closely held corporations.  Phil also maintains an active pro bono practice, and successfully challenged Florida’s Stop WOKE Act in federal court, obtaining a preliminary injunction against the State of Florida.  Prior to joining Ropes, Phil clerked for Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. During law school, Phil served as the editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology and as treasurer of APALSA; he also served for several years as a research assistant to California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, working on the Portrait Project (A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law).  Additionally, Phil interned in the Civil Rights Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to law school, Phil received graduate degrees in education and business from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree in physics, summa cum laude, from Harvard College.  Phil currently lives with his wife, two kids, and dog in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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