About Jimmy Nguyen
Jimmy Nguyen is an award-winning digital media and technology lawyer, speech expert, diversity advocate, motivational speaker, and media commentator.
As an immigrant to the U.S., racial minority and openly gay man, Jimmy learned that success comes from voicing his uniqueness. He was a national speech champion in college, winning events so often that he earned the nickname “JIMMY WIN” (because his last name is pronounced like the word “WIN.”)
Since then, Jimmy has helped others speak up in their lives, in their communities and in the world. Here at JimmyWin.com, he comments on issues in law, politics, culture and media through which people find their voices. Jimmy also hosts the SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY web series. His hope is that everyone learns to SHINE. SPEAK. WIN.
In addition to practicing law, Jimmy is a prolific speaker, writer and commentator. He contributes to online media outlets such as Huffington Post, FWD Nation and HelloGiggles. He has been quoted in national news publications, and has appeared on Good Morning America, In Session on TruTV, and National Public Radio in Los Angeles.
In 2012, the Huffington Post listed Jimmy as one of the “Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons.” In 2010, the Advocate magazine named him to its “Forty under 40” list of leading LGBT persons in America. In 2008, Lawdragon named Jimmy, at only age 36, one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Learning to Speak Up
Jimmy was born in Saigon, South Vietnam – the youngest child of a prominent judge. In April 1975, when Jimmy was 2 years old, his family fled the country the night before the fall of Saigon to communist North Vietnamese forces. With help from the U.S. government, Jimmy’s parents emigrated with their four young children to a new life in Southern California where they would become U.S. citizens.
Since then, Jimmy has a life history of excelling early – graduating high school at age 16, college at age 19 and law school at age 22. He was known as the “Doogie Howser, J.D.” of his law school class.
Shy as a child, Jimmy emerged to shine as an award-winning speech and debate competitor in high school and college. Competing for Mt. San Antonio College, he was a 7-time national gold medalist and twice won the Bovero-Tabor Award (given to the top overall speaker) at the Phi Rho Pi national forensics tournament.
For many years, Jimmy then volunteered as an assistant coach for the Mt. San Antonio College speech team, which he helped coach to numerous national titles. As a coach, Jimmy helped many students find their own voices – especially students with no prior public speaking experience and those who learned English as a second language. In 2010, Jimmy was selected as Mt. SAC’s Alumnus of the Year and spoke at its commencement ceremony.
Pursuing his interest in communication and media, Jimmy graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Communication Studies, specialization in mass communications. Jimmy received a full scholarship to attend law school at the University of Southern California, where he graduated in 1995 as the youngest member of his class. There, he continued his winning advocacy ways, becoming champion and then chair of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. Nationally, Jimmy won the 1995 Jerome Prince National Evidence Moot Court Competition held at Brooklyn Law School, and was named Best Oralist in the Final Round.
Today, Jimmy is a partner in a major corporate law firm, where he advocates for clients on a daily basis. A “360-degree” legal professional, he provides counseling, transactional, and litigation services involving intellectual property, entertainment, digital media, advertising, privacy, and technology to clients in diverse industries.
Jimmy has also used his legal skills to speak up for others who cannot do so themselves. For example, he worked pro bono to secure political asylum in the U.S. for a woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo being persecuted in her home country because her children were half-Rwandan.
When Lawdragon named Jimmy one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America, it summed him up well as a “dynamo talent.” One Lawdragon reviewer describes him as “an outstanding litigator, who writes and argues orally exceptionally well.”
In 2011, the Century City Bar Association named Jimmy its Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year. In 2010, he was named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 lawyers under 40 in California.
Jimmy has also been recognized among the best diverse lawyers in America. Both the National LGBT Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association have named him to its lists of Best Lawyers under 40.
For the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel, Jimmy serves on the Law Firm Advisory Board and received one of the organization’s Founders Awards in 2009. Jimmy is a former Chair of the Executive Committee for the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Law Section.
Digital Media and Technology
Jimmy is a digital media thought leader. In his legal career, he has advised leading many clients about issues arising from Internet, mobile, social media and other digital media technologies. Jimmy is past co-chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s IP, Internet & New Media section.
Outside of law, Jimmy is himself a budding technologist. He is an adviser to OneGoodLove, an online matching service for relationship-minded LGBT persons. Jimmy is also working on other technology ventures.
LGBT and Diversity Advocacy
Active in the LGBT community, Jimmy is a creative producer of it gets better, a new touring musical and theater stage work based upon the online It Gets Better Project to combat bullying of LGBT youth. The show and tour are collaborations with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the It Gets Better Project, and Speak Theater Arts. Previously, Jimmy served on the Board of Equality California, California’s leading LGBT political and civil rights organization.
An advocate for racial diversity initiatives, Jimmy is a former co-chair of the California Minority Counsel Program, California’s leading legal diversity organization. He continues to serve on CMCP’s Board of Directors. Jimmy also participates in other diversity organizations such as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys.
Jimmy is also a member of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), and strongly believes in the need for greater representation of minorities in the media.
Arts and Performance
Jimmy believes the arts and performance provide powerful ways to speak up. He is a co-founder of the American Readers Theater association (ARTa). ARTa advances the unique art form of readers theater — a blend of speech and theater using performance of literature to convey messages.
For each year since its inception in 2001, Jimmy has served as Tournament Director of ARTa’s national tournament. In 2005, ARTa honored him with its first-ever Legacy Award. Jimmy has also written and directed a number of award-winning readers theaters.
Throughout all his endeavors, Jimmy encourages everyone to SHINE. SPEAK. WIN.