CONNIE C. DAI

ATTORNEY, WALTHAM OFFICE

Email: connie@cutlerlegal.com
Blog: http://yourgotolawyer.blogspot.com 

Attorney Dai based out of CUTLER & WILENSKY LLP’s Brookline office and represents emerging to well-established companies with business structuring, commercial leases, contract drafting as well as other general corporate and employment matters.  She also represents clients in business acquisitions.  Attorney Dai represents clients in state and Federal courts as well as before private arbitration.  She has handled cases involving fraud, breach of contract, misappropriate of trade secrets, breach of computer fraud & Abuse Act, breach of fiduciary duty, non-compete in sales of business, wage & overtime violation, and employment discrimination.  Her represented companies include language services, healthcare services, technology, medical device, seafood, cultural exchange, immigration broker, Internet services, and medical research companies. 

Attorney Dai has a rare blend of legal and business experience both nationally and internationally.  Since being raised in Shanghai, she has lived in Calgary, Toronto and Boston.  Internationally, Attorney Dai worked on cross border transactions for McDermott, Will & Emery’s Shanghai office.  She has extensive business experience in advising a variety of industry sectors in China, Canada and the U.S.  Earlier in her career, she oversaw the enforcement of anti-trademark infringement efforts by Coca-Cola China, as well as participated in joint venture negotiations that led to the establishment of several Coca-Cola bottling companies in China.

Attorney Dai interned in the Massachusetts Appeals Court for the Honorable Fernande R.V. Duffly, who was subsequently appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  She researched laws and drafted bench memorandums for civil and criminal cases.  In addition to her judicial internship, Attorney Dai reviewed and drafted various commercial contracts for a French engineering company and drafted investment management regulation primers for Brown Brothers Harriman.

Prior to practicing law, Attorney Dai advised and counseled business start-ups in connection with formation issues, business planning and financing.  She has counseled established businesses on marketing and growth strategies, financing options and operation optimization.  In addition, Attorney Dai has negotiated business engagements on behalf of companies with revenues ranging from $1M to $15M.

She has a B.A., Business English from Shanghai University and an M.B.A. from University of Calgary in Canada.  She obtained the Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Attorney Dai volunteers for Volunteer Lawyers Group’s low income claimants in their unemployment benefit appeals.  She is also an Engagement and Sponsorship Director for New England Chinese Information and Networking Association (NECINA).  She speaks frequently about business planning and business law in Greater Boston’s entrepreneurial community. 

Attorney Dai has been honored by Super Lawyers. Attorney Dai was recognized as one of the Rising Stars in New England in 2014 for her expertise and experience in Business/Corporate law.  Attorney Dai was recognized for her expertise and experience in Business/Corporate law. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process which combines peer nominations and evaluations with third party research.
In addition to being recognized by her peers for her outstanding legal accomplishments, Attorney Dai was recently featured in
Boston Magazine for her work in the representation of Chinese investors in the U.S.

Bar Admission
Massachusetts
New York

Education
B.A., Business English, Shanghai University
M.B.A., Finance, University of Calgary
J.D., Suffolk University Law School

Volunteer Work
Panel attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Project, unemployment benefit appeals
Director of Engagement and Sponsorship, New England Chinese Information and Networking Association (NECINA)

Memberships
Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM)
Boston Bar Association (BBA)

Speaking Engagements
Know Your Rights – Employment and Labor Law, MIT CAST and Boston THAA (May 2013)  
Craft A Killer Business Plan –NECINA - new entrepreneur program (January 2014)
Business Plan Writing – MIT CHIEF   (China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum) (May 2014)
Employment Law Seminar, Asian American Landlord Association (October 2014)
Confidentiality and Non-compete in Massachusetts, 2015 New England Chinese New Year Gala and Community Enrichment. [
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Languages
English
Chinese Mandarin

Professional Recognition
Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2014 - 2016