by Terry James
Ann Chao is DAYL’s April’s One to Watch. Ann is General Counsel of BT Furnishings, a furniture retailer, and is of Counsel at Farrow-Gillespie & Heath, LLP where she focuses on employment disputes, business law and business litigation.
As a student at Southern Methodist University, Ann earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, a Masters of Arts in Dispute Resolution and her Juris Doctorate from the Dedman School of Law, where she was a Sarah T. Hughes Scholar and editor of the SMU International Law Review.
Ann’s devotion to service and volunteerism goes beyond her work as a co-chair for DAYL’s Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee. Her civic engagement includes: cast member for Bar None, an annual variety show sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Bar Foundation; co-chair of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association’s Programming Committee; pro bono attorney for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program; an e-mentor to high school sophomores at the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet; and moot court coach at her law school alma mater.
In her free time, Ann enjoys traveling, mountain biking local DFW trails, hosting dinner parties and going to yoga with her mom. DAYL salutes your service to our organization, the legal community and Dallas.