Growing up in Montgomery, Tina Lam waited tables in her parents’ restaurant during high school and she met attorneys who were regular customers. She was intrigued by the legal drama, Law and Order. While interpreting for a Chinese friend of the family in municipal court, she consulted with a customer who is an attorney. She helped resolve the matter and was profoundly moved when she realized she could be a voice for the voiceless.
The first in her family to graduate high school and college, Tina realized her parents’ mantra that education was the great equalizer. Inspired by her experience in municipal court, Tina earned a JD/MBA from Samford University and then she received her LLM from the University of East Anglia.
Tina joined Ogletree Deakins, the global labor and employment firm in 2019. As a member of ODA3 (Ogletree Deakins Asian American Attorneys Business Resource Group), she works to advance the firm’s recruitment and retention of Asian lawyers. As Chair of the Women Lawyer Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, she participated in a project that studied the racial diversity of attorneys in the courtroom. She was also involved in the WLS tracking project studying the appearances of women versus male attorneys in the courtroom.
In her off hours, Tina enjoys mentoring law students with a goal of helping them expand their networks. She loves international travel and learning new languages. When asked where she sees herself in five years, Tina responded that she hopes to be a partner at Ogletree Deakins and remembering the life lessons learned from her parents, “pay it forward.”