Chair – Jim Thomas
Jim is a shareholder at Fletcher Yoder P.C. in Houston with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston. Jim’s practice includes patent prosecution in a wide variety of technical areas, opinion work for patent infringement and invalidity analysis, and coordinating patent harvesting workshops. He has been active in a number of organizations taking on various roles, such as panel coordinator for the annual conference held by the South Asian Bar Association of North America, city committee member for the Texas Minority Council Program, and committee member for the Corporate IP Management Sub-Committee in the Intellectual Property Owners organization.
Chair-Elect – Amar Raval
At Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP, Amar focuses on insurance bad faith claims, ERISA claims, business litigation, and personal injury litigation. Amar is active with the South Asian Bar Association of Houston. He is also a member of the Texas Bar College, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Bar Association, and is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Vice Chair – Phil Kim
Phil is a partner in Haynes and Boone, LLP’s healthcare and life sciences practice group, and his practice focuses on transactional and regulatory healthcare matters. Phil represents healthcare systems, hospitals, ASCs, physician groups, home health providers, and other healthcare companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and operational matters. He also assists multinational technology companies entering the digital health space with various service and collaboration agreements for their wearable technology, as well as several other public medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies.
Treasurer – Shruti Krishnan
Shruti is General Counsel at Tabletop Media, LLC d/b/a Ziosk, and her practice includes corporate, intellectual property, data security and privacy, and marketing/advertising law. Shruti graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Bioinformatics & Molecular Biology, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with a M.S. in Biophysics, and SMU Dedman School of Law. Shruti was previously President of DAABA in 2018, on the Executive Committee of SABA Dallas from 2014-2016, in the 2014 DAYL Leadership Class, in the 2016 LeadershipSBOT class, and Chair of the SBOT IP Diversity Committee from 2014-2017.
Secretary - Saba Syed
Saba Syed is a civil litigator at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, a premier full-service law firm based in Dallas, Texas. Saba is a determined and driven attorney who excels in the courtroom and defends courtroom victories on appeal. Saba litigates complex commercial litigation matters, ranging from securities litigation to patent litigation, across multiple industries, including real estate investment trusts, construction suppliers, construction subcontractors, interior construction designers, commercial landlords, and event industry planners.
In addition to her service to the Asian Pacific Interest Section for the State Bar of Texas, Saba has been recognized for her contributions to the Dallas legal community. Saba is an active member of the Dallas Bar Association (DBA), and was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Minority Attorney Award, which is bestowed annually and recognizes “outstanding commitment, participation, and dedication to the DBA by a minority lawyer during the year.” She currently serves as Co-Chair for the DBA CLE Committee, which was awarded the 2020 Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award. In addition to her service to DBA, Saba sits on a 10-person board for the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, which serves a diverse membership of approximately 3,000 young lawyers in Dallas, Texas. Saba is a 2017 Pathfinder for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and regularly mentors law students and young lawyers seeking to find their footing in the legal field.
Immediate Past Chair – Paul Yin
Paul is Senior Counsel for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Prior to joining the Texas Comptroller, he was a tax associate for Thompson & Knight LLP in Houston, TX. Paul is an active member of the Austin Asian American Bar Association and board member for Asian Family Support Services of Austin.
Term Expires 2021
Daniel David Hu - U.S. Attorney’s Office (Houston)
Punam Kaji - Ben E. Keith Company (Fort Worth)
Catherine Le - Law Firm of Catherine Le PLLC (Houston)
Albert J. Li - Ottobock North America, Inc. (Austin)
Albert Lin – Husch Blackwell LLP (Austin)
Cindy Y. Lin - King & Spalding LLP (Houston)
Toni D. Nguyen - Holland Knight LLP (Austin)
Chi Reece - Vacek, Kiecke & Colmenero, LLP (Austin)
Ann Chao Sheu - Assistant District Attorney in Collin County (Dallas)
Albert Tan - Haynes and Boone, LLP (Dallas)
Andrea Tran – Schlumberger (Houston)
Lisa S. Tsai - Reid Collins & Tsai LLP (Austin)
Steve Fischer - Board Advisor
Mary L. Scott - Alternate Board Advisor