Nyssa is a tech lawyer, writer, mentor, world traveler, global citizen, hotel aficionado, design lover, founder of the award-winning travel website, The Cultureur, and founder of the digital learning platform for law students and lawyers, Mentor in Law.
Currently, she is a tech lawyer at Perkins Coie LLP based in Seattle. She is also an Aspen NextGen Fellow as part of the NextGen Network of the Aspen Institute, where she focuses on the impact of technology around the world, specifically on the transatlantic relationship between the US and the EU. Previously, she was an IP lawyer and part of the Pro Bono Steering Committee at Microsoft.
Through Mentor in Law, she hopes to scale mentorship in the legal industry and bridge the gap between studying law and practicing law.
As the daughter of immigrants, Nyssa is a vocal champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (particularly amplifying the voices of women and minorities) and a passionate advocate of pro bono work and giving back to the community. She is also a hopeful proponent of tech as a force for good; a constant connector of ideas and people; and a fierce supporter of impactful mentorship and paying it forward.
Originally from Southern California, Nyssa has lived, studied, and worked around the world—Paris, Los Angeles, Orange County, New Delhi, London, San Diego, Seattle, Berlin, with briefer stints in Marburg, Mussoorie, and Reykjavik—and traveled to 50+ countries.
Prior to law school, she:
- spent a few years in diplomacy and human rights at U.S. Embassies in New Delhi, Paris, and London through the U.S. Department of State (including the U.S. Mission to UNESCO);
- freelanced as a travel writer/journalist for global publications and social media/marketing consultant for luxury hospitality and travel brands through The Cultureur (how to market to millennials, how to leverage social media, created/hosted a travel chat on Twitter #SeeTheWorld, etc.);
- volunteered for the Obama for America campaign and at several global NGOs and nonprofits (Manzil, Project Asha Niwas, etc.) related to education and women’s empowerment; and
- co-founded a health and wellness company.
Additionally, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and received a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of California San Diego (UCSD)
- Master of Science (MSc), London School of Economics (LSE)
- Doctor of Law (JD), University of Washington School of Law
- Fulbright Scholar, U.S. Department of State, Journalism, Germany
- FLAS Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, French
- Aspen NextGen Fellow, NextGen Network, Transatlantic Initiative, Aspen Institute
- Digital Media Marketing, New York University
- Holistic Nutrition, Cornell University
- The Marketing Seminar, Seth Godin
- TRAVEL: USA Today, AFAR Magazine, Huffington Post, The Address Magazine, India Today, Travel Time Magazine, Orbitz, TripAdvisor, and more
- LEGAL: Technology and Marketing Law Blog, ABA Trademark Newsletter, Microsoft on the Issues
- Spoken on several panels: IP/trademark law, legal education, future of the law, technology and diplomacy, pro bono, mentoring, networking, diversity and inclusion in the law, women in the law, AAPIs in the law
- Organizer and Host – Fireside Chat with Karuna Nundy at Microsoft (July 10, 2020) on protecting human rights in the digital age and the importance of pro bono work
- Creator and Host – Mentor in Law Webinars
- Judge – Law, Tech, and Access to Justice Class, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (April 21, 2021)
- Interview for the LEARN Series for Pre-Law Students at the University of California, Irvine (May 5, 2021)
- Microsoft Agile Mentoring Program, LCLD Mentoring Program, The Legal Forecast Connect Australia, Project W at DWT, SABA, Minds Matter Seattle, UW Alumni Mentors, among others (Mentor)
- Legal Services Corporation (Emerging Council Member)
- Access to Justice Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition by the ATJ Tech Fellowship and the ABA (Judge)
- Seattle Clemency Project (Volunteer Attorney)
- UW Law x Microsoft Networking Event (Creator/Organizer)
- Washington Lawyers for the Arts (Board Member 2019-2020)
- NGO Manzil, Delhi (English Teacher)
- NGO Asha Niwas, Delhi (Volunteer/Organizer of 3-day music festival fundraiser)
- Hospitality and Travel Law Symposium and Hospitality Law Class at UW Law (Creator/Organizer)