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Bessie Lai Wah Wong

Bessie Lai Wah Wong

Practice areas:

Family, Immigration, Business

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BIOGRAPHY


My legal practice over the years has provided good training for me to work with clients, opposing parties, judges and government officials in a professional fashion.  Through tremendous exposure to the law and cases, I have developed stronger skills. 


 


My corporate/project finance experience with the leadingNew Yorkfirm is helpful in my understanding of the large corporate transactions, deal-making and the international law firm practice.   My subsequent private practice experience empowers me the capability and strength in handling various types of legal matters. 


 


I graduated from a great law school with GPA above 3.5.  I am both American and Chinese.  My education and work methodology are western; my cultural roots are Chinese.  My native language is Cantonese, but my Mandarin is just as fluent as my English.  The bicultural background and trilingual skills enable me to  comprehend and handle the issues from both western and Chinese perspectives.  My qualification to practice as solicitor inHong Kongis an additional bonus.  In 1997, I was among the first batch of foreign lawyers to pass the exam for admission as solicitor inHong Kong.  


 


CURRICULUM VITAE


Academic:


 


1998


Admitted to practice as solicitor inHong Kong


 


1989


Admitted to Practice in the State ofCalifornia


 


1989


Graduate of Michigan Law School, J.D. (cum laude) Degree


 


1980


Graduate ofUniversityofHong Kong, B.A. Degree


 


Legal Experience:


 


1991- Present


Private Practice inLos Angeles County,California


Admitted to United States9thCircuit Court,United States Federal District Court, Central District and all state courts inCalifornia


 


Work experience in corporate and business practice:  assisting overseas companies to qualify to do business inCalifornia, advising clients in real estate and business investments, reviewing and drafting agreements and contracts, filing trademark applications, handling trade disputes, business mediation and arbitration.  The following are some of the transactions I’ve handled:


 



  • representU.S.subsidiary of aTaiwanpublicly-held company in acquisition of technology business

  • fileU.S.trademark application for a publicly-held company inChina

  • corporate counsel for theU.S.subsidiary of a reputable real estate developer inBeijing

  • represent theU.S.subsidiary of a HK publicly-held company in litigation and mediation

  • legal seminar for Chinese judicial officials and judges



Work experience in family law practice:  represent client as either petitioner or respondent in divorce proceedings and handle issues that may arise from a divorce, including but not limited to:  child custody and support, spousal support, property division, attorney fees.   The following are some of the cases I’ve handled:


 



  • represent wife in a divorce case in which the parties had community property over $20 million to be divided and gambling debt of over $6 million to be awarded to husband

  • represent wife in a divorce case where wife desires to move back toTaiwanwith the child

  • represent father in a custody case where ex-wife moved the child toLas Vegaswithout prior consent of father

  • represent husband in a divorce case where father was accused of domestic violence against wife


 


Work experience in immigration law practice:  represent client in immigration matters at Department of Homeland Security (if in the United States), National Visa Center and United States consulates (if overseas), and immigration court.   The following are some of the cases I’ve handled:


 



  • represent clients in removal proceedings due to violation of immigration law

  • assist clients in applying for green cards based on investor immigration, extraordinary ability, family immigration, and employment immigration

  • assist clients to appeal denial cases


 


 


1989-1991


Associate, Banking Department


Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP,Los AngelesOffice


 


Work mostly relating to project finance:  representing creditors (mostly banks) in issuance of letter of credit facilities and assisting debtors in bond and other debt transactions.  Assisting partner in legal research, reviewing and drafting letter of intent, guaranty, letter of credit and security agreements.  Doing corporate compliance and due diligence work for clients.  Also participating in firm’s pro-bono program.


  


1988 Summer


Intern, Corporate/Business


Morrison & Foerster,Los Angelesoffice


 


Intern, Corporate/Business


Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP,Los AngelesOffice


 


Language:


Fluent in spoken and written English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).  Able to understandShanghaidialect. 

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Languages Spoken: Mandarin, Cantonese, English

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Family: 50%
  2. Immigration: 30%
  3. Business: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($330/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

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Contact Info

Chan & Wong Attorneys At Law

1122 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA, 91106

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198905/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerChan & Wong attorneys At Law1989 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJ.D. cum laude1989