…get in GOOD TROUBLE, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.
– John Lewis
Along Dan’s journey – in her academic pursuits, legal career, and personal life – she discovered her passion and purpose to inspire and help others assess their current state, take a proactive approach to address evolving challenges and risks, and develop a culture that values the human element within their ecosystem by implementing the security-by-design first approach in all aspects of their day-to-day operations, so their people may cast their internal light freely. She knows that when leaders take the initiative to create and foster a safe environment for their people across all levels, enterprise wide, their people will, in turn, shine, innovate, and create. In other words, that safe environments allow their people to thrive and inspire them to take appropriate actions to protect their ecosystem freely, which, in turn, helps their organization remain current and competitive in the global market and fortify the global ecosystem against emerging threats.
By fate, she encountered AZ Law Firm on her path. She found AZ Law Firm’s value statement and goals align with her core values and beliefs. As such, she joined AZ Law Firm’s team as its global mobility and immigration attorney to aid in the collective defense to protect the rights of all living beings in our diverse ecosystem worldwide.
Dan has extensive experience de-escalating and negotiating high-conflict and time-sensitive matters with several federal regulatory enforcement agencies and litigating before federal and state administrative courts, specifically addressing immigration, global mobility, employment, insurance, governance, risk management, corporate compliance, and ethics matters.
She earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, with pro bono notation for her commitments as a student practitioner in the Immigration Law Clinic at the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice. Concurrently, she also clerked for several non-profit programs (including the Immigration and Refugee Services Department and Project SAVE for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans) to protect the most vulnerable demographics. Dan focused her efforts on protecting and aiding the most vulnerable populations (including undocumented, unaccompanied minors and survivors of violent crimes and human trafficking) to obtain rights and protection from imminent threats by seeking humanitarian reliefs through applications for political asylum, U visas, T visas, DACA, and family-based green cards, citizenship, SIJS, and VAWA self-petitions. She represented clients in administrative hearings before the Asylum Office, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Immigration Court, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals.
Dan is also pursuing her post-Juris Doctor degree (i.e., LLM) in Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management at Loyola University Chicago School of Law to hone her skills and further aid her clients (at both the individual level and corporate level) in navigating emerging global compliance regulations and developing strategic strategies risk management approaches to counter the evolving threat landscape. While in school, she recently received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Global Compliance.
During Dan’s studies at Loyola University New Orleans, she also served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Under Dan’s leadership, her team collaborated with other professional associations and student associations from various institutions and organizations. She led several month-long initiatives (e.g., open forums, seminars, professional development training sessions, and social fundraising events) to raise awareness and provide resources for the legal community and other professional communities to collectively address ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2015, the American Bar Association (“ABA”) and the President of Loyola University New Orleans recognized her team efforts and leadership skills. They awarded her with the ABA’s Diversity Award and the Loyola University New Orleans President’s Award. After law school, Dan was admitted into the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Outside of her private practice, Dan is an active member of the Educational Committee in the Central Texas Chapter, RIMS (i.e., the Risk Management Society), and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee on Louisiana State Bar Association. She loves to harness her creative energy to develop recipes, sketch, and paint. She recharges her internal light by immersing herself in nature to meditate and practice yoga.
Dan continues to lead from a place of compassion and implements a humanistic, holistic approach in guiding her clients to assess their current risks, respond to their existing (and potential) risks, and take mitigating measures to protect their people.