August 20, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart congratulates St. Louis attorney Johnny S. Wang selected as a Diverse Business Leader 2012 by The St. Louis Business Journal. Wang, who practices labor and employment law, is a co-founder and current vice chairman of the St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), which serves Asian-American businesses in the Greater St. Louis region. Wang, and the other winners, will be honored at the Palladium St Louis, September 14.

“Diversity and inclusion efforts bring different viewpoints, which help us build a stronger, integrated community and workforce,” said Wang. “While the ultimate goal is not to win awards for these efforts, it’s nice to receive validation that perhaps a positive difference is being made in our community. It’s an honor to be included among a talented group of individuals with like-minded goals.”

Wang focuses his practice on advising privately held and publicly held corporations on a variety of employment matters. Specific areas include: labor and employment law, employment litigation defense, and employment policies and procedures. He has first chair jury and bench trial experience, has argued before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals, and routinely practices before both state and federal courts.

He has authored numerous publications and presentations on the topic, including being a featured speaker at the Missouri Bar Association’s “Diversity Summit” in May 2012. He also moderated a panel discussion, “The Mind of the Chinese Inventor,” at the Inventors’ Association of St. Louis in May 2012.

Wang earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 2005. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002 with a dual bachelors of arts degree in both political science and philosophy. During law school, Wang clerked for two years in the labor division of the Missouri Attorney General’s office.

Wang co-founded the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) out of a need for a cohesive organization to represent Asian-owned businesses in the St. Louis metropolitan region and to promote Asian-driven business relationships. He is an active participant in Missouri’s efforts to establish a Chinese Trade Hub.

Wang is also the current President of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association (MAABA), which seeks opportunities to network with other minority bar associations. MAABA is an affiliate of NAPABA, which is in its seventeenth year of existence and represents over 45,000 attorneys in 47 local Asian Pacific bar associations

Wang founded the Sua Sponte Pro Bono Legal Clinic in October, 2011. The clinic partners with the International Institute to provide access to legal resources for non-English speaking immigrants, who typically do not have access to legal resources.

In 2011, Wang was recognized by the Regional Business Council (RBC) as part of its inaugural Leadership 100 class, a group of diverse young professionals from across the St. Louis region. He also serves on the steering committee for the RBC’s Young Professionals’ Network.

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