The mission of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association ("GOAABA") is to represent and advocate the interests of the Asian Pacific American community of the Greater Orlando area, to encourage and promote the professional growth of the members of GOAABA, to facilitate client referrals and to broaden professional opportunities for Asian Pacific American attorneys, to foster the exchange of ideas and information among and between the members of GOAABA and other members of the legal profession, the judiciary and the legal community, and to coordinate legal services to Asian Pacific American communities in the Greater Orlando area.


The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association is a voluntary organization that was incorporated on October 19, 2009 to represent the interests of Asian American attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals in the Greater Orlando area.  The genesis of GOAABA began several years ago, when attorneys  Jessica Hew and Stephen Chong discussed the idea and the need for Orlando’s first-ever Asian American bar association.  Other attorneys, including Sunny Hillary, Glenn Leong and Kim Nguyen, similarly raised the idea.     In March, 2009, Glenn Leong called up an informal planning meeting with Jessica Hew, Kim Nguyen and Sunny Hillary at Dexter’s in Winter Park.  Our Planning Committee identified unmet legal needs within the many and diverse Asian American communities and discussed obstacles, including language barriers, cultural wariness, and other impediments to full legal assistance and access to the courts. The Committee noted the existence of the Hispanic Bar Association, serving Hispanic attorneys in Central Florida, and the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, serving African-American attorneys in Central Florida. But no voice or organization unified Orlando’s growing Asian American legal community.     After much research, GOAABA developed an email distribution list of over 40 (and still growing) potential interested parties. The first organizational meeting was held on May 19, 2009, at the Orlando law offices of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., where 15 members participated. After a long, hot summer of planning and additional meetings, GOAABA was officially incorporated on October 19, 2009. GOAABA is a voluntary, non-profit organization which represents the interests of Asian American attorneys, law students and other legal professionals in the Greater Orlando area. GOAABA has an Affiliation Agreement with the National Asian Pacific Americ an Bar Association (NAPABA) and is the fourth affiliated chapter in Florida. (The other three chapters are located in Miami/South Florida, Tampa and Jacksonville.) However, GOAABA is completely autonomous and serves our local community.     GOAABA Bylaws welcomes members who are licensed attorneys in good standing, as well as members of the judiciary and law students, from any jurisdiction, regardless of ethnic, national, or geographic origin and regardless of race, religion, gender, creed or sexual orientation.  Annual dues ($75.00 for attorneys and $30.00 for students) support GOAABA’s mission during each fiscal year beginning July 1st of every year. Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association P.O. BOX 2652 Orlando, FL 32802

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Recent News

June 22, 2018 |

Farewell to GOAABA’s 2017-2018 Officers and Board of Directors

GOAABA would like to extend its gratitude for the hard work of the outgoing Officers and Board of Directors: 2017-2018 Officers and Board of Directors: President: Vanessa Braga President-Elect: Annie Kwong Treasurer: Shane Herbert Secretary: Leia Leitner Board of Directors: Lalitha Alladi Onchantho Am Hazel Gumera Greg Maaswinkel Ronald Mejia Thank you for your dedication over this past...

July 23, 2014 |

GOAABA Donates to the Relief Efforts in the Philippines

GOAABA  joined forces with the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida to pool resources and make a joint donation to those who are suffering from the devastation resulting from Typhoon Haiyan. We are proud to announce that together, our organizations and private contributors donated a total of $4,000.00 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in the Philippines. The money will be used to provide assistance and aid to the victims and their families during the ongoing recovery...

July 23, 2014 |

Florida’s Alien Land Law: The Last Vestige of Discrimination

By: Christine M. Ho, Esquire Chair of the Alien Land Law Committee, Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association Tom, a Vietnamese restaurant owner, worked hard all of his life and saved up some money to buy a house. Every weekend, he shopped with his wife and two small children for their dream home in a suburb of Orlando. With the help of his realtor, he finally found the house. It had four bedrooms with a pool and a white picket fence. At closing, the seller said, “Wait a minute. I am not going to sell this house to you because Asians cannot legally own a house in Florida.” You would think the seller is...

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