Stinson Leonard Street Attorney Johnny Wang Receives Spirit of Diversity Award
Johnny S. Wang, a partner in the St. Louis office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, is the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair's 2014 Spirit of Diversity Award recipient. The Job Fair Steering Committee presented to the award to Wang in conjunction with the seventh annual St. Louis Diversity Job Fair, which was held August 8-9, 2014.
The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair's goal is to attract a diverse group of second- and third-year law students to the metropolitan St. Louis legal community and inspire them to practice law in the area and become an integral part of the St. Louis community after graduation. The Job Fair steering committee invites law firms, corporations, and government agencies to participate.
Since the job fair’s inception, the steering committee has recognized an individual for advancing diversity in the legal profession through its annual Spirit of Diversity Award. In 2013, the award was presented posthumously to Ronda F. Williams, who was formerly senior counsel at SAVVIS Communications Corp.
"I am grateful to the steering committee for the award and enjoyed being a part of the 2014 job fair," said Wang. "The steering committee deserves praise for bringing together students and employers each year with the end goal of attracting a talented, diverse group of attorneys to the St. Louis community in which we live and work."
Wang is founder and chair of the Missouri Minority Counsel Program. He is president of the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis, which he co-founded in 2012. He also served as president of the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association in 2012. Wang also partnered with Wells Fargo Advisors in hosting two seminar panels titled, "Moving Forward With Legal Diversity" that attracted more than 200 attendees from law firms and in-house legal departments across St. Louis.
"Johnny is deserving of significant recognition for his commitment to St. Louis' business community and the energy he puts forth to lead several organizations," said Chip Misko, co-managing partner of Stinson Leonard Street's St. Louis office. "The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair plays an important role in our area, just as law firms, companies and other employers do, because building St. Louis into a strong hub for regional, national and global business depends on attracting talented, dynamic professionals."
As a member of Stinson Leonard Street's Employment and Labor Law Division, Wang represents companies, nonprofit organizations, and public entities across all employment areas. He advises employers on day-to-day workplace matters, helping clients avoid employment controversies. He represents companies facing employee-related disputes, drawing from his litigation experience to help them manage legal entanglements. He has first chair jury and bench trial experience, and has handled appellate matters before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals. Wang also represents clients in employee benefits matters, including ERISA litigation and union issues.
Wang presents frequently on employment law and workplace-related subjects, including diversity and inclusion efforts. He is involved in diversity programming locally and nationally. He also helps employers build productive, sustainable diversity and inclusion programs.
Wang was the first partner to join Stinson Leonard Street's St. Louis office after the Jan. 1, 2014 merger between Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard. The combined firm has offices in 14 cities and more than 520 attorneys, which places it among the 75 largest law firms in the U.S.
In 2013, Wang was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. In 2012, he received the Diverse Business Leader Award from the St. Louis Business Journal. He was also selected as a member of the inaugural class of Leadership 100, which consists of members from the Young Professionals Network of the Regional Business Council.
Wang earned a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2005. He earned an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002.