Jason Yee is a man on a mission. You may see him in the halls of BASF, at the immigration court, or at a community naturalization event, combining old-fashioned hard work with new age efficiency.
Jason, a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, has jumped into solo life with fervor, and has brought his own brand of entrepreneurial energy to the legal world. Before starting his own practice, Jason played a role in every aspect of his family business, including marketing, accounting, sales, legal, and other essential operations in the company. “The things I have learned in my family business are directly transferable to running a successful law practice.”
After spending some time serving as general counsel to his family business, Jason contemplated his future while taking on pro bono cases at JDC and other local nonprofits. He decided that a solo career would provide him the type of flexibility and independence he craved.
Jason has found that CLPI offered him the stability and guidance to get through the rough first year of practice. Not only did the program help him sort out the nuts and bolts of his practice, but it provided him with clients and cases to keep him busy during his launch period. The program also provided him with valuable resources and an operational structure.
“If I just started my own solo practice, it would be much more difficult to manage both paying for events and trainings and volunteering at pro bono clinics. By participating in the incubator, I have access to an array of resources and contacts while being within a program that allows me to give back to my own community.”
Jason has focused his practice primarily on immigration and business law but has also taken on cases involving bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, and family law. Through his contacts in the community and his drive to expand his network, Jason has increased his caseload and built a practice that he hopes to expand. As the need for immigration representation increases in the community, Jason hopes to grow professionally into a position where he is able to address the needs of the community.
Now more than halfway through the incubator’s first year, Jason is bullish about his future prospects and how things are shaping up. “I successfully launched my solo practice last year. I have paying clients, pro bono clients, an office, a website, mentors, referrals from other attorneys, advertisements, and a variety of other things. There’s still a lot to do, but it has been extremely fulfilling.”
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