Originally published in Orchard Park Bee on 4/2/15.

Local attorney serves on law school panel

Joanna Chen, an Orchard Park resident and attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, was a panelist at the Cornell Law School Asian Pacific American Law Student Association Academy on March 21

Chen’s panel took place at Myron Taylor Hall, at Cornell Law School. A panel of four associate attorneys addressed the topic “What Interviewers Want.”

The daylong APALSA event provided Chen law students with insights on how to prepare for law firm interviews, including mock interview and critique sessions.

At Phillips Lytle, Chen concentrates her practice in the areas of product liability and complex commercial disputes, including theft of trade secrets, breaches of contract, business torts and regulatory compliance.

She has experience in federal and state motion practice, appellate practice, depositions and e-discovery. She is also a member of the firm’s class action and government operations teams.

In 2014, Chen was named to Lawyers of Color’s second annual Hot List, which recognizes early to mid-career minority attorneys working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, law firm associates and partners.

In 2012, she was an honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Program for pro bono work.

Chen earned her juris doctor from Cornell Law School and dual bachelor’s degrees, including one in business administration, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Texas at Austin.

She is a member of the American Bar Association and its Business Law, Litigation and Young Lawyers Sections; the Bar Association of Erie County; the Minority Bar Association of Western New York; the National Association of Women Lawyers; the New York State Bar Association and its Commercial & Federal Law and Young Lawyers Sections; and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter.