Board of Directors 2012-2013



Alexander T.H. Nguyen, President

Alex is a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia. In 2010 and 2011, he served in the Office of the White House Counsel on detail to advise senior administration officials on ethics, legislative and other policy issues, and congressional oversight investigations. Previously he was a litigation associate at Kirkland and Ellis LLP in Chicago and Washington, D.C., graduated from Yale Law School and Harvard University, and served on the APABA-AEF board and as executive director of the Asian American Action Fund. He enjoys traveling and storytelling equally, but does one better than the other.

     


Andy Le, Treasurer

Andy is a Tax Manager at AOL in Dulles, VA. He holds an L.L.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center., a J.D. from Rutgers University at Newark and a BA from the University of Virginia. He previously worked for BDO in International Tax in New York, Warner Music Group as an International Tax Manager and Ernst & Young in New York City. Andy was formerly Director of NAPABA’s Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition. He enjoys finding and dining out at new restaurants.

     


Caroline Nguyen, Acting Secretary

Caroline is Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. She attended Harvard College and graduated with an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before obtaining her J.D. from Columbia School of Law in 2006. Before joining the Department of Justice in 2011, Caroline was senior associate at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where she focused on global antitrust conspiracies, intellectual property litigation, and criminal appeals. Caroline has interned with the United States Attorney's Office (S.D.N.Y.), the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. Prior to her graduate studies, Caroline worked on anti-tobacco legislation as an Urban Fellow in the New York City Department of Health. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys biking, sculling on the Potomac, and finding new things to try.

     


John Huynh Brown

John Huynh Brown John is an associate at Arent Fox LLP where he is a member of the Business and Real Estate Group. He received his J.D. from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, and his B.A. from American University. After law school, John clerked for the Honorable Richard L. Williams of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. John grew up in Salt Lake City, UT, where he hopes never to return there again (except to visit his family). 

     
   

Jimmy Doan

Jimmy is a Law Clerk to the Honorable Rodney Gilstrap in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. and B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.  After law school, he was an Associate at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where he focused on intellectual property matters.  In his spare time, he has been learning to play golf and enjoys playing basketball.

     

Dan Gien

Dan Gien is an attorney with the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.  He earned a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was Research Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  He also has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and Master of Music and Bachelor of Science degrees from Yale University.  Dan previously worked as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, DC.  Before law school, he worked for several years as a business strategy consultant in New York, and has prior industry experience in finance, pharmaceuticals, and Internet startup companies.  An accomplished classical pianist, Dan studied with Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald, and has performed extensively as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.

     


Phong Nguyen

Phong graduated with a B.A from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Baker Hostetler LLP in Washington, D.C. Phong is a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of San Antonio. He formerly served as Vice President of the Asian Education Fund (APABA-DC) and is actively involved with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the National Youth Leadership Forum Law Section. Phong enjoys playing basketball and golf and watching U.T. sports.

     
     Richard Nguyen

Richard is a founding principal at Nguyen & Nguyen, P.C., a law firm in Falls Church, Virginia, that provides counsel and maintains strong ties to many in the local Vietnamese community.  He is licensed to practice law in Virginia and Maryland.  Richard received his J.D. from Fordham University and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.  He was raised in Fairfax, Virginia, where he still lives with his wife and two sons.  In his leisure time, he enjoys snowboarding and has a love/hate relationship with golf.
     
  Thanh Nguyen
  
Thanh
is an associate at Clifford Chance US LLP in Washington, D.C. She graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School.  She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in History, Gender Studies, and Asian American Studies.  Prior to law school, Thanh worked in a management role for a Chicago-based corporation, developing Export Compliance Programs.  Thanh has studied abroad and worked in China, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.  Thanh is an aspiring artist and can be found in art studios painting and drawing on her free time. 
     


Hansel Pham

Hansel graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and currently is an associate at White & Case LLP in Washington, D.C. As a member of White & Case’s International Arbitration and Litigation Group, he specializes in international dispute resolution and complex civil litigation matters. Hansel also serves on the Board of Directors of VietHope and AALead. Hansel grew up in the Olympia, WA area.

     
 

Mai Pham Robertson

Mai is an associate general counsel at Fannie Mae.  She previously worked as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers, where her practice focused on securities litigation and antitrust litigation. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from The George Washington University. Prior to attending law school, Mai worked at a government relations and lobbying firm. Mai grew up in Pennsylvania in a small suburb near Philadelphia called Quakertown, but has lived in the  D.C. area for more than ten years now. In her spare time, Mai enjoys traveling, dining out, and not exercising (except for Bikram yoga).

     

Nguyen Vu

Nguyen is an Associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP where he is a member of the Telecommunications, Media and Technology practice group.  Nguyen earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and his B.S. from Miami University.  Before entering law school, Nguyen was a software consultant providing systems analysis on a wide variety of software platforms.

 

 


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