Officers and Council

Chair – Chi Reece

Chi Reece is an attorney at Vacek, Kiecke & Colmenero, LLP where she counsels business and real estate clients in a variety of transactional matters related to leases, acquisition and disposition, entity structuring and branding, trademark matters, vendor contracts, financing, private securities offerings and contract negotiation and review. Chi is active in the Austin Asian American Bar Association, serving as president in 2014.

Chair-Elect – Paul Yin

Paul is a Senior Counsel for Fiscal and Agency Affairs 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.  While he practiced in Houston, Paul was a board member for OCA-Greater Houston, an Asian American advocacy organization and a member of the Grad Council for OneGoal Houston, a nonprofit organization that assists underprivileged students persist through college graduation.  Paul received a dual JD/LLM from Duke University School of Law in Durham, NC and completed his undergraduate studies at Hendrix College in Conway, AR.

Vice Chair – Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas is a patent attorney at Fletcher Yoder P.C. in Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston. Jim’s practice includes patent prosecution with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office 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.

TREASURER – Hao Ni

Hao is an attorney at Ni, Wang & Massand, PLLC. His practice focuses around various intellectual property matters, civil litigation, and litigation financing.  Hao is also the owner of various patent licensing companies.  Hao received both his bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and 2003, respectively.  In addition to his practice, Hao develops and manages residential projects in lower income neighborhoods.

SECRETARY – Amar Raval

Amar is a talented attorney with a diverse range of experience. At Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP, Amar focuses on insurance bad faith claims, ERISA claims, business litigation, and personal injury litigation. Amar has achieved notable results in each of these areas, including nine trial verdicts, 4 published decisions by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and numerous high-dollar settlements. Amar is active with the South Asian Bar Association of Houston and has served on the National Convention Award Committee and the National Convention CLE Programming Committee. Amar is also a member of the Texas Bar College, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section. He is also a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Alice Liu Cook - Disability Rights New Mexico (New Mexico)
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 - Luminex Corporation (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)

Carmen Roe - Board Advisor
Derek Cook - Alternate Board Advisor