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2019 Lobby Day

NAPABA's APAHM Congressional Reception

Alen Hsu | Candidate for Vice President for Membership

 Alen Hsu

 Candidate for Vice President for Membership

  Endorse Candidate








Candidate Statement

After having the privilege of serving as NAPABA’s Alternate Regional Governor of the Southeast region (“ARG”), I am honored to be running for NAPABA Vice President of Membership (“VP of Membership”). 


I have always strove to make a difference wherever I can. One of my first leadership experiences was serving as President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida (“APABA”). As President, I worked tirelessly to build APABA’s membership, promote professional development, develop synergy with other bar organizations, and organize events for the local APA community.

In fact, during my tenure as President of APABA, we hosted APABA’s first U.S. Citizenship Workshop and first Social Security Workshop for the local APA community. To promote professional development, we organized APABA’s first free legal symposium for local startup companies, a judicial reception, and first “Table for 8” series, an exclusive dinner with eight APABA members and U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom, senior counsel for the Miami Marlins, and senior litigation counsel for GL Homes. We also expanded APABA’s membership by almost twofold and updated APABA’s website to make the user interface more accessible and appealing. In furtherance of developing inter-cooperation with other organizations, we jointly hosted events with the Caribbean Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Women’s Lawyer Association, and the Coral Gables Bar Association. With the assistance of APABA’s amazing founders, our board organized more events and robust programs than other years in the past.

Since then, I have applied the same vigor and diligence as NAPABA’s ARG. As a fledgling ARG, I took the time to listen, observe and learn how NAPABA, its board, and the Southeast Region interacts and functions, taking on an active role this past year. While the ARG is not a voting member of the NAPABA board and is not required to attend quarterly meetings, this past year, I attended every NAPABA board meeting and appeared on the monthly calls and special meetings. I worked with the Southeast Regional Governor, Christopher Chan, and regularly engaged affiliate leaders, collected and assembled the affiliates’ quarterly report, and made concerted efforts to rally affiliate members to attend Lobby Day, regional conferences, and webinars. In addition, I served on NAPABA’s leadership program task force and general programs task force. Together, we created NAPABA’s inaugural Leadership Advancement Program, and fine-tuned the Pre-Law Conference and NAPALSA Conference. Recently, I assisted NAPABA At-Large Board Member, Gary Zhao, to seek out speakers for the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, while also having the privilege of attending the two-day leadership training. However, in my capacity as ARG, I am most proud of the relationships that I built within the Southeast region. As we all know, what makes NAPABA great, is its members and network of 50,000 attorneys.

My Vision and Commitment to You

Over the last two years, I have taken extensive steps to serve NAPABA and the Southeast region. Building on that experience, if elected, I will focus on: (1) expanding member benefits and heightening member satisfaction in every region; (2) increasing NAPABA’s total membership and revenue; (3) engaging members to attend and utilize NAPABA’s robust programming and benefits; and (4) further analyzing the structured membership and convention fees to find a long term solution to fairly structure fees and membership tiers. To achieve these goals, I promise to work tirelessly, field membership questions and issues, be open-minded, and work with the membership committee and NAPABA board to improve on the panoply of assets that NAPABA offers and does year-round.

In sum, I am deeply committed to NAPABA and your interests, and I hope to earn your vote. Thank you for your considerations and I look forward to seeing you at the annual convention in Chicago.

Candidate Bio

Alen Hsu is an attorney at the law firm of Blank Rome LLP. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, employment, business, and general commercial disputes. Alen’s practice is devoted to counseling domestic and foreign businesses on complex legal and business matters. He has also served as counsel on a number of multimillion dollar litigation and class action matters, and he has experience handling arbitrations, trials, and appeals. His experience is bolstered by his ability to aggressively litigate cases while simultaneously developing creative and cost-effective settlement solutions to resolve complex problems on behalf of the firm's clients.

In 2016, Alen received the Legal Advisor of the Year Award from Sterling 5, Inc., in recognition of his leadership in the local and legal community. Alen has also been recognized by Super Lawyers as Florida’s Rising Star in Business Litigation for the past three years (2015-2018). In 2016, Alen was selected to join a select group of attorneys to participate in The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, a one-year multi-session leadership training program. Also in 2016, Alen was elected by the citizens of Parkland, Florida, to serve a four year term on the Board of Supervisory of the North Springs Improvement District (“NSID”), a quasi-municipal corporation that provides water treatment, wastewater collection and storm water management to almost 40,000 residents in the City of Coral Springs and the City of Parkland. In 2017, Alen was selected by the Florida Bar to serve a three-year term on the committee of The Florida Bar Journal and The Florida Bar News editorial board; he was recently appointed to the executive committee of the editorial board.

Alen obtained a bachelor’s of science in business management from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, Alen completed a study abroad program on Elizabethan England and William Shakespeare at Cambridge University, England. Alen went on to receive his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Alen is proficient in spoken Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. In his free time, Alen enjoys reading non-fiction books, spending time with his wife and daughter, and playing tennis and golf.


NAPABA Affiliate Endorsements

Affiliate Name
Asian American Bar Association of Chicago 
Missouri Asian American Bar Association
Charlotte Asian Pacific American Bar Association (CAPABA)
Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
KABA of Chicago
Asian Pacific American Bar Association - South Florida
Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago)
Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY)
Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York
National Filipino American Lawyers Association
Asian American Bar Association of New York

Individual Endorsements

Name Company*
Rachel Kao  Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago 
Radhika Lohia Litchfield Cavo 
Gary Zhao SmithAmundsen LLC
George Wu McAndrews Held & Malloy
Sanat Ranganathan  Northern Illinois University 
Bonnie Youn The RMN Agency
Benjamin Dowers McIntosh Schwartz PL
Sid Shenoy Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Sun Choi DC Metro Law LLC
Jae Pak Microsoft Corporation
Peter Kim Litchfield Cavo LLP
Ari Ghosal Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
Bernice Lee Shraiberg Landau & Page P.A.
Jack Chan Law Office of Jack Chan LLC
Alexander Lee Law Offices of Alexander M. Lee
Peter Huh Litchfield Cavo LLP
David Hsu Givens and Johnston PLLC
Debbie Crockett
Cheffy Passidomo, P.A.
Sandy Chiu Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
David Kim Sajdera Kim, PLLC
Melissa Lee Mazzitelli  
Jihan Soliman  
Don Joe Medicare
Michelle Williams Robert J. Hanreck P.A.
Jay Kim Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP
Debbie Lowe Law Offices of Deborah J. Lowe
Benjamin Dowers Gunther McIntosh, PLLC
Lisa Barquist Lisa Hu Barquist, P.A.
Eric Hubbs Hubbs Law, P.A.
Stephanie Moot K&L Gates LLP
Allyn Ginns Ayers Locust Projects
James Billings-Kang Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Allegra Fung Korte & Wortman P.A.
William Simonitsch K&L Gates LLP
Kim Nguyen Gray  
Alice Sum Fowler White Burnett P.A.
Kristin Haugen KC Haugen Law, LLC
Karen Kline Duane Morris LLP
Paul K. Kim Glazer & Sachs PA
Susan Kang Susan Kang, P.A.
Vincent Gonzalez Southern California Gas Company
Fan He  
Danella Williams GrayRobinson, P.A.
Shayne Burnham  
Philip Nulud Buchalter, A Professional Corporation

 *All work or organizational affiliations disclosed are for identification and disclosures purposes only, and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions.