Phil Lam has a long, distinguished history with LACBA, having served as a Trustee (2002-2004, 2007-2008) as well as Senior Vice-President and Vice-President (2016-2021). He was appointed to a newly created position, Vice-President of Diversity/Affiliate Outreach, leading an executive team to help re-structure LACBA to pivot to the changing demographics of attorneys in California. Further, Phil is passionate about nurturing new leaders and lawyers, and advancing social justice through public-interest law groups, particularly Counsel for Justice, the 501(c)(3) arm of LACBA, that provides crucial legal services to domestic violence victims, veterans, immigrants and AIDS patients.
In addition to LACBA services, Mr. Lam was elected to Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (President, 2003) and LGBT Bar of Los Angeles (Co-President 2012). Through local and national bar, civic and political organizations, Phil has personally worked on pro bono immigration cases, drafted consumer protection bills, directed legislative advocacy, and championed and raised funds for LGBT causes or against discriminatory ballot initiative.
Professionally, Mr. Lam serves under the Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike N. Feuer. Phil is the first Intellectual Property Counsel for the City of Los Angeles. In founding the first governmental intellectual property (“IP”) law practice in North America, he developed the City’s IP Asset Management program and IP licensing practice. Among other duties, he is primarily responsible for policy advice and legal services related to intellectual property, entertainment, cybersecurity, data privacy, and Internet laws; as well as major-asset acquisitions and incubator parks. Phil also specializes in civil recovery from antitrust class action and unfair competition litigation, having settled in tens of millions of dollars with international corporations including Microsoft, Infineon, Samsung and Mitsubishi.