Ada K. Wong

Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail:  wongada@seattleu.edu

Education

J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2012
B.A., Communications, University of California, Davis, 2008

Biography

Professor Ada Wong is the owner and founder of AKW LAW, P.C., a law firm with offices in Washington and California. She is licensed to practice in California, Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Western District of Washington, and the Eastern District of Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a Dispute Resolution Concentration. She represented the law school at two national moot court appellate competitions and was the Executive Managing Editor of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal (now Washington International Law Journal). During law school, she worked at the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Seattle City Attorney's Office, and U.S. Attorney's Office. She was part of the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic and also interned with King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas. Prior to law school, she worked at Heller Ehrman LLP at its San Francisco headquarters and also volunteered at various bar associations and non-profits.

Prior to starting her own firm, Professor Wong was a civil litigation attorney at two different law firms in Bellevue and Seattle. Her civil litigation practice focuses on employment litigation, civil rights, personal injury, business litigation, and simple estate planning. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington State Association for Justice's (WSAJ) Trial News, past Editorial Board Member of the American Inns of Court The Bencher, Past President of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), and Public Relations Chair of the William L. Dwyer American Inns of Court.

Professor Wong serves as an Arbitrator in King County and Snohomish County. She is a frequent speaker at CLEs and has authored many articles and publications in the legal field. During her spare time, you can find her playing co-ed flag football or hanging out with her husband, daughter, and three cats: Kylo, Soba, and Matcha.

Publications

- All-Zoom Jury Trial, December 2020 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Stop Systemic Racism and Police Brutality!, July/August 2020 (WSAJ Trial News);
- Remote Video Depositions - Cringe or Binge?, June 2020 (WSAJ Trial News)
- COVID-19 Related Leave: Intersection of the Family Medical Leave Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, May 2020 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Conflict Checks - Are You in Compliance with the RPCs?, February 2020 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Access to Justice and Mentorship, January 2020 (WSAJ Trial News)
- New Overtime Rule in Effect January 1, 2020, December 2019 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Baby Talk: Pregnancy-Related Leave, November 2019 (WSAJ Trial News)
- WSAJ Motor Vehicle Litigation Desk Book: Discovery in Automobile Cases, September 2018 (WSAJ)
- Victory in the Second Circuit: Civil Rights Law to Include Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims Under Title VII, April 2018 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Leverage as a Young, Female, Minority Lawyer, December 2017 (WSAJ Trial News)
- SCOTUS Sends a Message to The Lower Courts: Stop Suing Police Officers, May 2017 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Networking, Marketing, and Everything in Between, January 2017 (American Inns of Court The Bencher)
- Employer Liability for Customer or Non-Employee Harassment, September 2016 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Did You Know About WSAJ's Getting Started Series ("GSS")?, September 2016 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Book Review: Case Framing, May 2016 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Police Brutality and the Mentally Ill, March 2016 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Young v. United States Parcel Service, Inc.: A Small Step for Pregnant Employees, July 2015 (WSAJ Trial News)
- The Need for Clarity on Tasers-Excessive Force and Qualified Immunity, March 2015 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Johnston-Forbes v. Matsunaga and Biomechanical Testimony-Where Does That Leave Plaintiffs' Attorneys in Excluding Expert Testimony?, October 2014 (WSAJ Trial News)
- Legal Guide: How to Get Your Employee File in Washington, 2014 (AVVO)
- What Is "Excessive Force"? A Look at Graham v. Connor, 2013 (WSBA NW Sidebar)
- 50 Years After Gideon: Should the Right to Counsel Be Expanded?, 2013 (WSBA NWSidebar)
- Facebook Can Cost You More Than Your Lawsuit: Allied Concrete Co. v. Lester, 2013 (WSBA NWSidebar)