Duane Morris LLP
Phillip Chong grew up watching his parents, both Korean immigrants, work hard to give their family a better life. “For me, that’s a driving point every day,” he said. “To make sure that none of their efforts go to waste.”
And they haven’t. In 2009, the George Mason University School of Law graduate received a Fulbright Program grant to teach English at a rural, all-boys middle school in South Korea. “I was proud to represent the United States, in and out of the classroom, and to increase cultural respect and understanding between the U.S. and Korea,” he said.
Now an associate for Duane Morris LLP, Chong enjoys helping his clients involved in complex business, construction, professional liability/malpractice and employment litigation. “I love solving difficult problems and helping people find solutions to their important issues,” he said.
Chong serves as a member of the Baltimore City Judicial Nominating Commission, which reviews and interviews all applicants for judicial vacancies in Baltimore City. “Any organization that I serve, it is something that I really believe in,” he said.
He also provides guidance through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School mentoring program. “Even though I am still young in my career, there is a way that I can give back and I try to make sure I do whenever it is possible,” he said. “I encourage and offer honest and candid advice so that my mentees can maximize their potential and excel in college or in the practice of law.”
Chong also donates his time through pro bono work aiding those in need, including survivors of sex trafficking and domestic violence. “I think it is a moral duty, quite honestly, to give back,” he said.