Who Am I?
A driven entrepreneur, I love strategizing with social entrepreneurs like you to legally protect your business so you can focus on making a positive impact on society and/or the planet.
My professional life has always been fueled by a passion to give back to others. My first attorney job was at a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low income residents of Orange County. I litigated cases, staffed legal clinics in the Spanish- and Vietnamese-speaking communities, assisted volunteer attorneys and mentored law students.
“I loved my job at the PLC! It was so gratifying to serve people in my community and to know I was making a big impact on their lives.”
When the PLC experienced budget cuts, it took me many different iterations, including trying to practice law in Vietnam, to discover a niche practice in social enterprise, where the business model aligns with my commitment to community service.
“When I learned about social enterprises, I immediately recognized it as a space in which my legal expertise could merge with my commitment to social causes.”
What Do I For Fun?
To ensure that the legal profession comes closer to reflecting the diversity of the community, I serves a Board Member of the William P. Gray Inn of Court and hold a two-year appointment in the Diverse Leaders Academy of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. I have held leadership positions in local and national associations since I was a law student.
Outside of my professional work, I believe that everybody deserves to have a safe place to call home. I was privileged to help build houses and create a community in Chitwan, Nepal through Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village; locally, I have helped restore Habitat-built homes in Los Angeles. My sister and I have raised almost $15,000 to find a cure for blood cancer (the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) and breast cancer (the Susan G. Komen Foundation).