Objective

To apply my gained experience as a law professor and attorney and utilizing these practical experiences in all facets of my teaching discipline and providing quality legal services in my law practice.  

Summary of Qualifications

  • Licensed Attorney Admitted to Practice in Texas Since November 2007
  • Clinical Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law Immigration Legal Clinic
  • Adjunct Law Professor–Trial Simulation and Thurgood Marshall School of Law LL.M in Immigration Law Program
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas – Cameron School of Business Graduate Degree Program
  • Juris Doctorate Degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Cum Laude)
  • Dean’s List Award Recipient
  • Strong litigation experience in private law practice and corporate in-house counsel
  • Strong experience in commercial transactions particularly related to oil and gas transactions, corporate law, business contracts
  • Strong experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts and settlement agreements
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Detail oriented and excellent organizational skills
  • Strong ability to multi-task and work in high volume, fast-paced, deadline driven work environments
  • Bilingual - Vietnamese and Spanish
  • Teaching Experience Since 2012
  • Rated Top 10 Attorneys in Texas - Immigration Law (2019 & 2020) 
  • Rated Top 10 Law Firms in Texas - Immigration Law (2019)

Education

August 2004 - May 2007
Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law - Houston, TX
Juris Doctorate Degree

  • Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude)
  • Legal Research Assistant for the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy
    led by Professor Marcia Johnson
  • Judicial Assistant for Justice Elsa Alcala with the Texas First Court of Appeals 
  • Dean’s List Award Recipient 

January 2000-May 2004
University of Houston (Main Campus) - Houston, TX
Bachelor of Science - Political Science and English Studies

  • Independent Study Research Assistant for Dr. Melissa Scheier, Dean of the
    Department of Political Science

Professional Experience

  • August 2010 - Present

Duties include: Provide legal advice for civil litigation, family law, probate, real estate, offshore and oil/gas transactions and business law cases, attend court hearings in Municipal, Justice of Peace, State and Federal Courts, review oil and mineral leases to ascertain royalty interests and correlative parties’ rights in the transactions, provide legal advice for M&A cases, draft litigation pleadings such as petitions, answers and discovery documents, handled contested and uncontested divorce cases, file Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship Suits (SAPCR) for possession and child support matters, serve as outside counsel for various business entities, serve as co-counsel with prestigious law firms to assist in litigation cases, review business contracts and complex settlement agreements, provide pro-bono services to indigent clients, deal with UCC-1 business commercial transactions, draft entity formation documents, draft small estate affidavits and other probate instruments, handle compliance cases regarding municipal, state and federal matters, draft essential documents for real estate closing transactions, and attend mediation for civil litigation and family law matters, provide legal advice for copyright, patent and trademark matters, handle bankruptcy cases in the US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Texas

  • February 2008 – August 2010 Goodcrane Corporation General Counsel – Legal Department

Duties include: Served as senior legal counsel for corporate and commercial matters regarding both domestic and international matters, provide legal advice for offshore and oil/gas transactions, reviewed royalty clauses in mineral leases, provide legal advice over Chapter 11 bankruptcy issues, provide legal advice for M&A cases, provide legal advice with Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, provide legal advice about FERC regulations, handle Texas Worker’s Compensation claims, organized documents for
corporate entity, draft documents for annual filing requirements, coordinate with key management regarding corporate entity documentation, maintain corporate organizational chart, draft entity formation documents, file UCC-1 and UCC-3 forms with Texas Secretary of State, draft complex master service and settlement agreements for clients and vendors, serve as a point of contact for accounting advisors regarding taxation for the corporate structure, draft documents and review internal files for new legal proceedings, review documents for manufacturing and vendor transactions, draft documents and review internal files to initiate appellate proceedings related to manufacturing and service contracts, draft and negotiate corporate contracts for multi-million dollar commercial transactions, provide legal advice regarding contractual issues related to Uniform Commercial Code, contractual matters and various other corporate issues, attend mediation and maritime arbitration, supervise day-to-day implementation of corporation’s compliance program, review, corporation’s existing compliance policies and procedures to identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability, provide legal advice related to compliance areas including FCPA, anti-boycott laws, anti-bribery laws, anti-trust/competition laws, economic sanctions and export/import controls, monitor and coordinate compliance activities of other departments

  • May 2007 - February 2008 Law Office of Shortt & Nguyen, P.C. Associate Attorney

Duties include: Provided legal advice for civil litigation, family law, probate, real estate, off shore and oil/gas transactions and business law cases, reviewed mineral leases to ascertain royalty interests and correlative parties’ rights in the transactions, drafted litigation pleadings such as petitions, answers, and discovery documents, handled contested and uncontested divorce cases, filed Suit-Affecting-Child-Relationship Suits for possession and child support matters, drafted wills and trusts, reviewed contracts for small businesses and
corporations, provided pro-bono services to indigent clients, dealt with UCC-1 commercial transactions, drafted entity formation documents, drafted small estate affidavits and other probate instruments, drafted purchase agreements for real estate closing transactions, reported to senior partner of all pending litigation, networked for new clients and attended mediation for civil litigation and family law matters

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas – Family Law Section & Litigation Section 

References

  • U.S. District Judge George Hanks, Jr.
    United States Court - Southern District of Texas Office: 713.250.5406
  • Professor Ana Otero
    Thurgood Marshall School of Law Office - 713-313-1025
  • Professor Fernando Colon
    Thurgood Marshall School of Law Office - 713-313-1918
  • Lan Nguyen
    Shortt & Nguyen, P.C. Office - 713-654-8881