HIV+ transgender Mexican client in immigration court.
Tsai led the filing of five amicus briefs
related to the California same-sex marriage cases, for which more than 100 organizations signed. He has served on the
boards of 10 organizations, including the
Asian American Bar Association and Bar
Association of San Francisco, and chaired
the Minority Bar Coalition (and the ABA
Section of Litigation’s LGBT Litigators
He created joint scholarships with
numerous minority bar organizations,
providing tens of thousands of dollars to
minority law students. He also co-chairs
Perkins Cole’s API Affinity Group.
His accolades include being recognized as a top 50 California Lawyer on the
Fast Track by The Recorder, Super Lawyer
in Intellectual Property Litigation (2013
and 2014), Best Lawyer Under 40 by the
National LGBT Bar and Best Lawyer
Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific
American Bar Association.
Assistant General Counsel, Global
Supply Chain and International
W. W. Grainger Inc.
“Give a person a fish they will
eat for a day; teach them to fish,
and they will eat for a lifetime.”
An MBA, attorney and chemical engineer Joycelynn “Lynn” Watkins-Asiyanbi
brings the benefits of her background to
her role in Global Supply Chain and International Business at W. W. Grainger Inc.,
where she is assistant general counsel.
A catalyst for change at Grainger,
Watkins-Asiyanbi supports the global
supply chain, including transportation
(international and domestic); global
sourcing; global trade compliance; product management; environmental, health
and safety; corporate social responsibility;
and Fabory North America (a Grainger
“In engineering there is a definite right
and wrong,” she said. “In law, there are
gray areas and flexibility. There is the
ability to be creative.”
Watkins-Asiyanbi is the primary legal
advisor for the global supply chain and
advises the international business units
in various areas, including procurement,
corporate social responsibility and trans-
In addition to her normal legal duties,
she has worked to help make the legal
department more efficient, deliver better
customer service and save money.
Her background as a chemical engineer and years as an attorney (both inside
and outside) have helped her to analyze
processes and identify areas for improvement using technology. She has helped to
revamp the department’s intranet site to
be more user-friendly.
One of her most significant contributions has been to lead a large project to
evaluate outside counsel fees with the
best providers at the most favorable rates.
When completed, it is projected to save
Grainger 15 percent annually on its outside counsel spend.
Coming from a family that was heavily
involved in community service, she has
a strong commitment to giving back. She
has been a part of raising money and
being a mentor for a scholarship program
for high school students in Chicago for
Links Unlimited Scholars.
Her community involvement includes
serving as a member of the Auxiliary
Board for the Shedd Aquarium. She is an
active board member of Women Employed and active member of Jack and Jill
of America (Chicago Chapter). In addition, she volunteers with the Girl Scouts
of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana.
She is also a recruitment committee
member for the only all-girls public high
school in Chicago.
“My parents always gave back. They
instilled the importance of an education.
We stand on the shoulders and backs of
others who have paved the way for a lot of