July Spotlight: James Hsu (Lawyer, PortaLaw)

15 Jul 2022 2:56 PM | FACL BC (Administrator)

Spotlight: James Hsu

Happy Wednesday! This month’s second spotlight is James Hsu. James is a lawyer at PortaLaw, a former FACL BC board member, and a former co-chair of the Mentorship Committee. 

1. What is something not many people know about you? 

I don’t like fruit (not even in pies!).

2. How did you first get involved with FACL? 

Initially by attending the Annual Gala.  A friend then encouraged me to become more involved.  This led to me serving on the Board, Co-Chairing the Membership Committee and participating as a mentor in the mentorship program.

3. What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time? 

As lawyers, we are service providers.  Our role is to provide value for others, whether clients, senior lawyers within a firm, or the community at large.  This value is often “measured” in billable rates, salary, bonuses, awards, and recognition from clients, senior lawyers and our peers.

Do not confuse these measurements, or how effectively you provide value for others, with your self-worth.  That gives others the responsibility and power to determine your worth.  You get to define that. 

4. What has been your favourite FACL event or initiative so far?

Those who know me will confirm I love to eat and I love to talk.  It’s no surprise then that the dim sum lunch and dumpling making class were two of my favourite events.  I am also a big fan of the FACL podcast.  I especially enjoyed the opportunity to guest host one of the early episodes (although I haven’t been asked back…).  

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