ABOUT

Democrat for Travis County Court at Law

I’m a third generation American:  both sets of my grandparents emigrated from China in the early 1900’s, and opened grocery stores in San Antonio.  My dad was a retired doctor and my mom is a retired dietician.  I have an older brother and older sister, both of whom are retired from their respective fields.

My family, like yours, is very busy.  My wife is a retired lawyer, who went on to obtain her master’s degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Texas and now teaches and operates her own piano academy.  Our daughter, a graduate from Wake Forest University, is a school teacher; and our son recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a business degree majoring in finance.

Legal Experience.  Before my election to the bench, I was a litigator for 28 years handling a variety of complex civil matters in contracts, construction, personal injury and employment matters.  I have been named as one of Texas Monthly’s Super Lawyers and consistently received the A.V. Preeminent Peer Review Rating (highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards) on the LexisNexis Martindate-Hubbell list of Top Rated Lawyers.

Community Service & Leadership.  I have been honored to work within our legal and Austin community in a variety of ways:

  • Current Board Member, Volunteer Legal Services
  • Master, Lloyd Lochridge Inns of Court
  • Former Director, Austin Bar Association
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Former President, Asian American Bar Association of Austin
  • Former President, the Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Former Board Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Former co-chair, Austin Lawyers for Hunger Relief
  • Former Member, Texas Bar Katrina and Rita Hurricane Relief Committee
  • Former Barrister, Robert Calvert Inns of Court
  • Graduate, Leadership Austin
  • Volunteer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
  • Former Board Member, Western Hills Little League
  • Former Board Member, Central Texas chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Former Shelter Manager, American Red Cross
  • Former Community Advisor, Junior League of Austin
  • Sustaining Member, Travis County Democratic Party
  • Former President, South Austin Democrats

Community Service Awards. Due to my work in our community, I am proud to have received:

  • Kick Ass Award 2012, CAPD “Community Leader”
  • Austin Bar Association’s Outstanding Director of the Year (2011-2012)
  • Austin Bar Foundation’s “David Walters’ Community Excellence Award” (2006)
  • Recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the College of the State Bar of Texas (2006)
  • TYLA’s “President’s Award of Merit” (1995-1996, 1996-1997)
  • Finalist (top ten) in KVUE TV’s “Five Who Care Community Service” Awards (1992)
  • AYLA’s “Outstanding Young Lawyer” (1992)
  • ‘Named as a  “Texas Super Lawyer” from Texas Monthly (2006-2009)
  • LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Once again, thank you for letting me serve and I would appreciate your consideration and vote in the upcoming election.  Many thanks.