Shandon Phan is the Founder and President of Shandon Phan Law Firm, PLLC which represents and counsels individuals, families, and small businesses in the areas of business law, immigration, family law, estate planning, criminal defense, and civil litigation.
Prior to opening his own law practice, he served as Director of Communications and Civic Engagement for BPSOS, a national non-profit, taking a leading role in advocating for and providing relief to distressed Gulf Coast communities in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Texas.
As a lawyer, Mr. Phan has a strong background in business law, criminal law, and immigration law. He has counseled and represented entrepreneurs and business owners in forming and structuring companies, drafting and negotiating contracts, representing both landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers in real estate and business sale transactions, representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil law suits, and defending accused individuals in criminal matters. Mr. Phan also has a strong immigration law background, previously interning for four Immigration Judges and successfully filing both family-based and complex employment-based visas for his clients.
Attorney Phan previously worked on BP Oil Spill mass tort litigation in the Gulf of Mexico, representing a large group of individuals and businesses who suffered economic losses or sustained illnesses from the spill.
Mr. Phan received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with a double minor in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Tulane University in 2002. He served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer after college, started his own business, worked for various non-profits and political campaigns before entering law school and receiving his Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore School of Law where he was selected twice for Moot Court teams and elected onto the Executive Moot Court Board, selected for Litigation Fellow, International Law Student Fellow and served in various student leadership posts, including President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and Vice-President of International Law Society. He also held various public service internships and law clerkships at the U.S. Immigration Court, U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of the Judge Advocate General, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office-District of Columbia, Appellate Division.
Attorney Phan currently hosts “Liberty and the Law,” a bi-weekly legal talk show on Saigon Houston Radio 900AM, frequently speaks on various legal topics at seminars, and contributes as a commentator on various media, including Voice of America (VOA), BBC, Radio Free Asia (RFA), SBTN, VietTV, VAN-TV, Saigon Houston Radio, Vietnamese Public Radio, etc.
He has been an active member of many professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Texas State Bar Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the Fort Bend County Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyer Association, and the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.
Active in civic and political arena, Mr. Phan served as President of the Vietnamese Community of Houston and Vicinity from 2014-2015. He is a Class 2015 graduate of FBI Houston Citizens’ Academy and currently serves on the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee and as a precinct chairman. He co-founded and served as chairman of the Vietnamese American National Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the first ever National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders in Washington, DC in 2011. He was a member of Leadership Fairfax Class 2012 and appointed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to the Board of Optometry. He was recognized with the Special Congressional Recognition Certificate from United States Congress in 2010 for making “outstanding and invaluable service to the community” in the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill and the “Spirit of Excellence” Award from the United States Coast Guard’s Office of the Judge Advocate General in 2009.