Wendy Duong & Associates is a solo boutique law firm based in Houston, Texas, offering a general and international offshore practice via local counsel's contacts and affiliation, with emphasis on Asia-Pacific and Asian Americans. The firm brings you Ms. Wendy NN Duong's 34 years of diverse legal experience, including her previous career with large firms in high-profiled matters, together with her present affiliated experts in several fields of law.

Curriculum Vitae



●teaching and service in legal higher education:
--U.S. Fulbright Specialist (lecturer at Taganrog Institute of Law and Management, Russia, on law, economics and entrepreneurship (2013)).
--U.S. Fulbright legal scholar, core program (2011-12): guest lecturer and faculty trainer in Southeast Asia on “free enterprise,” U.S. business organizations, corporate, securities, commercial and banking laws; international trade/transactions; constitutional law; and U.S. legal system. Lecturer for ABA's “Rule of Law Initiative” program.  Invited to speak at universities in Hongkong, Taiwan, PRC, etc. Expertise also includes international law, human rights, and international arbitration.
--Eleven years (hired 2001- resigned 2011) of law teaching and scholarly research as full-time law professor at the University of Denver; taught corporate law and international business transactions. As  of 2009, among two most-downloaded scholars at Denver Law on SSRN); supervised students’ graduation papers, theses, and sat on Ph.D. dissertation committee(s) for College of Communication and Graduate School of International Studies as requested). Approximately four semesters of international teaching and comparative law research in Europe (France and Russia) and Southeast Asia.

●other speeches and lecturing:  keynote speaker, guest speaker, and/or panelist addressing women’s groups, students’ groups, bar associations, law conferences, and other community and professional groups (including employees of city, state, and federal governments).  Over several decades, delivered speeches and lectures both domestically and internationally: Houston, Dallas, San Jose, Sacramento, Orange County, Chicago, Amherst, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Singapore, Melbourne and Brisbane (Australia), and Vietnam.  Topics included law, diversity, and Vietnamese studies. Examples included “Women in Leadership” panel (with CNN Anchor Betty Nguyen, CEO Judy Brown, and Project Runway award-winning Designer Chloe Dao), 2006 National Gala for Vietnamese Americans (San Francisco, Ca); keynote speech for the Seattle Vietnamese American Bar Association (2006, 2012); Socio-Economic Section, Corporate Social Responsibility Panel, Association of American Law Schools (New York City, 2008); keynote speech for honoring Vietnamese American Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Texas high schools, Dallas and Houston (2005, 2011). Scholarly papers accepted by, among others, the Association for Asian Studies (2002), ATINER international conference, Greece (2010), and NCCU’s International Business Transactions conference, Taiwan (2011). Book-length law and interdisciplinary reviews published University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, Fordham University, Temple University, Seattle University, University of Denver,  

areas of academic research and non-fiction writing: the philosophy of language and creative processes; cutting-edge areas of business and corporate law; comparative law; comparative education and pedagogy; internet communication, intellectual property, First Amendment, and defamation; “Law and Society/“Law in Society,”  “Law, Life and Literature,” “Law and Art” interdisciplinary research; work in progress in critical studies, race studies, gender studies, and comparative cultural studies (examples include: "Courtroom, Boardroom, Classroom: the Vietnamese American Female Experience;" “Jurisprudence versus Musical Composition;” "Of Man and Woman: the Politics of Power, Communication, and Beauty;”  “Of Life, History, and Fiction;” “Of Thoughts and Creativity”).  

● consulting:  owner of Wendy Duong & Associates, international lawyers and consultants; resource person on bar passage, career counseling and development in fields of law, education, and business, especially motivation factors for minority women; incubator of NGO and grant proposals on the changing Vietnam, diversity in America, gender relations, cultural studies, literary critiques, and global trends in the internet society.

law career & practice: Eighteen years of full-time law practice with national/international firms (Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Baker & McKenzie, Locke Liddell Sapp LLP), Mobil Corporation, and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. 

creative writing & the visual art: published author and winner of international literary award; pursuit of L’Art Brut (raw art; outsider's art) as conceptual innovator for subconscious drawing/painting, art in frugality, art in advocacy, and impromptu or improvisational art.


LLM, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (1999) (law teaching and securities law curricula; Law and Literature research; straight A transcript; published thesis). 

J.D., cum laude, University of Houston, TX, Order of the Barons, Order of the Coif (1984) (attending law school while working full-time as Executive Director for Risk Management, Houston ISD--first Asian woman appointed to executive position by Board of Education, at the age of 22).

B.S., Journalism/Communication, Highest Honors, Southern Illinois University (1978) (graduated at 20 years of age only three years after being airlifted from Vietnam as a teenage political refugee).