A "360 degree" legal professional, Jimmy provides a full range of counseling, transactional, and litigation services in the areas of IP, entertainment, digital media, advertising, privacy and technology. Jimmy uses his broad skills to represent clients in diverse industries – including Microsoft Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, TripAdvisor, Major League Baseball Properties, Del Monte Foods, Kia Motors America, Journal Communications, Men's Journal magazine, and the BODOG worldwide online gaming organization.
In 2008, Lawdragon named Jimmy one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America, and described him as a “dynamo talent.” The Century City Bar Association selected Jimmy as its 2011 IP Lawyer of the Year. He has also been named to “Best Lawyers under 40” lists in California by the Daily Journal, and nationally by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the National LGBT Bar Association. In 2009, the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel honored him with one of its Founders Awards.
Jimmy is former Chair of the State Bar of California's IP section, and is past co-chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association's IP, Internet & New Media section.
A strong legal diversity advocate, Jimmy is former co-chair and continues to serve on the Board of the California Minority Counsel Program.
Jimmy was born in Saigon, Vietnam, the son of a magistrat judge under South Vietnam’s French civil law system. His family fled the night before Saigon fell in April 1975, and rebuilt life in the United States. A precocious achiever with a life history of excelling early, Jimmy graduated college from UCLA at age 19 and law school at 22. Competing for Mt. San Antonio College, he was a seven-time national gold medalist in collegiate speech competition and two-time winner of the top overall speaker award at the Phi Rho Pi national tournament. Jimmy attended law school at the University of Southern California on a full scholarship and was the youngest member of his class. There, he was champion and chair of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and champion of the 1995 Jerome Prince National Evidence Moot Court Competition.
Outside of law, Jimmy keeps engaged with diverse activities. Active in the LGBT community, he previously served on the Board of Equality California. He is a creative producer of a new touring musical theater stage work based upon the "It Gets Better" campaign to stop bullying, and improve the lives, of LGBT youth.
Jimmy is an op-ed contributor on diversity and legal topics to numerous online outlets including Huffington Post, Advocate.com and FWD Nation. For many years, Jimmy was a volunteer coach for the Mt. San Antonio College speech and debate team – which he helped lead to numerous national titles. With colleagues from the speech world, he co-founded the American Readers Theater association and has served as director of its national tournament since 2001.