Board of Directors
Michael Doi (President)
Mike is Legal Director at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (B.A.), University of Windsor (LL.B.), the University of Detroit (J.D.), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M.,). Mike served as a military lawyer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General, and later practised with a Toronto law firm, before joining the Ministry of the Attorney General as constitutional litigation counsel. He later served as Deputy Director (Litigation) at the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and then as Deputy Legal Director at the Commission before assuming his current role. Mike teaches constitutional law at Osgoode Hall Law School and at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. He will also be co-chairing the Prosecutor’s Network at the Advocates’ Society.
Terry Wong (Secretary)
Terry Wong is Crown Counsel with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. His practice focuses on regulatory prosecution, employment standards, occupational health and safety, and administrative appellate litigation. He has represented the Ministry of Labour at Coroner’s Inquests and before the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He has also appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice and Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Terry holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from the University of Calgary. Prior to law school, Terry was a management consultant with Accenture and a volunteer English teacher with One! International Poverty Relief in Mumbai.
Michelle Seto (VP External - Private and Mentoring Committee Chair)
Michelle is an associate at Bennett Jones LLP’s Banking and Financial Services group. Prior to law school, Michelle obtained her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of British Columbia. Michelle is passionate about the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession especially for racialized women lawyers as well as student mentorship. As a board member of FACL, she spearheads FACL’s mentorship program and social and networking events and is also involved with FACL’s women’s initiative. Michelle is also an active member of the UofT law alumni and devotes substantial time to mentorship of law school students.
Gerald Chan (VP External - Public & Conference Co-Chair)
Gerald is a Partner at Stockwoods LLP. He practices criminal, constitutional and regulatory litigation. He has a special interest in white-collar crime, regulatory investigations/prosecutions and digital privacy. Gerald practices before all levels of court in Ontario and has been counsel in a number of cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Gerald is committed to legal writing and continuing legal education. He participates regularly at conferences organized by Osgoode PD and LSUC, and co-authored Sentencing, 9th ed. (LexisNexis, 2017). Gerald is also co-authoring a forthcoming book on digital evidence and co-editing a forthcoming book on digital privacy.
Tushara Weerasoriya (Awards Committee Co-Chair)
Tushara is a partner at McMillan LLP’s Toronto office. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and takes a client-first approach to service. After practising law at McMillan for 8 years, Tushara took a brief sabbatical in 2013 to travel the world, learn new skills and to rejuvenate. She followed her sabbatical with a year-long engagement as in-house derivatives counsel at a prominent financial institution, and rejoined McMillan at the end of 2015. Tushara is an active promoter of diversity initiatives both inside and outside of the firm. In particular, she is a dedicated advocate for advancement of women and visible minorities in the legal field.
Jean Lee (VP Membership & Acting Treasurer)
Jean is an associate lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, practicing in the area of intellectual property. Prior to entering law school, Jean completed her B.Sc. (Hons) in Pharmacology at the University of British Columbia. Subsequently, Jean interned at a chemical analysis company in Japan and studied fine arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Vivian Li (Events Chair)
Vivian was called to the Bar in 2016 and practices bankruptcy and insolvency law at Alloway & Associates Professional Corporation. She obtained her law degree from Western Law, where she was co-president of the East Asian Students Legal Association. Vivian has been volunteering with FACL Ontario since 2013 and has participated in planning the annual conference, planning networking events, and acting as event photographer. In her spare time, Vivian is also a volunteer at the Pro Bono Corporate Law Clinic and teaches aerobics classes at LA Fitness.
Brendan Wong (Immediate Past President)
Brendan is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Toronto office. Brendan’s practice focuses on shareholder disputes, fraud and injunction litigation, banking litigation, and general commercial litigation. Brendan was a director of Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Centres between 2011 and 2015, chairing the board between 2012 and 2014. In addition, Brendan has previously been a director and President of FACL (Ontario).
Peter Choe (Awards Committee Co-Chair)
Peter is a partner and intellectual property litigator, having served in various firm leadership roles, including as the head of the IP department in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and as a co-leader of the firm-wide Intellectual Property Litigation Group. His practice covers contentious proceedings covering patents, trade-marks, copyright and industrial designs. Prior to joining Gowlings, Peter was a design engineer in the in the area of cryogenics and biomagnetic imaging equipment. He has also worked in the IP department of South Korea’s largest law firm and in the legal department of an advanced technology company. Peter is a frequent lecturer on IP topics. He is also a founding board member of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association. Outside of law, Peter enjoys restoring old furniture.
Leonard is a Crown Prosecutor from Sudbury, Ontario. He conducts criminal trials in both the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice, as well as argues Summary Conviction Appeals and coroner’s inquests. Leonard regularly provides legal training for the police and is the designated Hate Crime Crown for the Northern Region. Leonard was the former chair of the City of Greater Sudbury’s Diversity Panel and persuaded the City Council to adopt their first ever diversity policy during his tenure. He also sits on the Equity Advisory Group and is a founding director for the Korean War Veterans Commemorative Foundation.
Philip Tsui (VP Governance & Advocacy and Policy Committee Co-Chair)
Philip is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Guns & Gangs Initiative, focusing on firearms, organized crime, drug, and homicide prosecutions. Philip has extensive community experience in equity, diversity, and social justice issues. Philip has served as a board member of the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, Vice Chair of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and as the President of the Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto Chapter). Currently, Philip is Co-chair of FACL’s Advocacy and Policy Committee.
Emily Lam (Advocacy and Policy Committee Co-Chair)
Emily is an accomplished litigator and creative problem solver. Having worked on dozens of high profile cases including police corruption, white collar crimes and homicide, Emily has unparalleled experience. She is a skilled negotiator, frequently persuading prosecutors to withdraw serious charges and resolve cases in her clients' favour without a trial. Emily spent nearly a decade with one of Canada's greatest criminal lawyers, John Rosen. She was a partner at Rosen Naster LLP before partnering with Jessyca Greenwood to create Greenwood Lam LLP. Emily received her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.
Melissa Chan (Community Outreach Committee Chair)
Melissa completed her undergraduate degree in psychology, political science and sociology at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and was called to the Ontario bar in 2015. Throughout her career, Melissa has worked exclusively in plaintiff personal injury law and has been successful in achieving exceptional results for her clients through litigation and advocacy. Melissa is appreciated by her clients as she ensures that each is served with the utmost respect, care and consideration. She serves as FACL Ontario’s Community Outreach Committee Chair where she works to improve access to justice for Asian minorities.
Carissa Wong (Women's Committee Chair)
Carissa has worked in the environmental field for fifteen years on four different continents, and calls Ontario home. She has held positions at the World Wildlife Fund, Ecojustice and the United Nations Environment Programme. She currently has her own practice in public interest environmental law, with a special interest in mediating natural resource disputes. In addition to her law degree, Carissa holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Carissa heads FACL Ontario’s new Women’s Committee.
Mary Phan (Website Chair)
Mary is Counsel with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. She practices primarily estates and guardianship law. Previously, She was a Staff Lawyer with a legal aid clinic, and articled with the Ministry of Transportation as a prosecutor. Outside of law, Mary fences and is involved with teaching and growing the Naginata community - she is one of the highest ranked members in Naginata in Toronto. Mary has been involved with FACL Ontario since she was a student, and is the current Website Chair.
Jerry Lee (Student Member Director)
Jerry is a 3L student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She is passionate about corporate law and previously worked at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto and White & Case in New York. Prior to law school, Jerry led business development at a technology start-up in Vancouver. Jerry has been an active member of Pro Bono Students Canada for the last two years as a caseworker at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and a volunteer for the Wills Project. Jerry is also involved in the law school community as an executive member and previous President of the Business Law Society.
Justin P'ng (Student Member Director)
Justin is a 3L student at Osgoode Hall Law School. While at law school, Justin was Co-President of the Asian Law Students Association, where he established a mentorship program for first-year law students. He also volunteered for Pro Bono Ontario at Small Claims Court, and was a clinical law student at the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Prior to law school, Justin studied International Relations at the University of Toronto. He enjoys karate, Ultimate Frisbee, film and television, and reading about current and international affairs.
Michael Xia (Student Member Director)
Michael is a 2L student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. He previously summered at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto. While at law school, he is an executive member of the Business Law Society and a volunteer caseworker with the Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario (Downtown Legal Services). Prior to law school Michael completed a Bachelor of Commerce in finance & economics at the University of Toronto, and spent summers working in corporate banking and asset management.
Karen Chow (Student Member Director)
Karen is a 3L student at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. While at law school, she runs the uOttawa Chapter of the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program, and serves on the senior editorial board of the Ottawa Law Review. Prior to law school, Karen studied chemistry and sociology at McGill University. She worked at a biotechnology company in Montreal, and subsequently at Health Canada’s Proprietary and Scientific Information Unit and Office of Patented Medicines and Liaison. Karen is passionate about promoting diversity and empowering women of colour in the legal professional.