Connie C. Dai
Address: 154 Wells Ave., Newton, MA, 02459
Since being raised in Shanghai, Attorney Dai has lived in Calgary, Toronto and Boston. Her rare blend of legal and business experience both nationally and internationally has given her unique capability to bridge deeply rooted gaps in ideology, cultural and thought process between native Chinese and Americans.
Attorney Dai advises emerging to well-established companies on corporate, investment, business transactions, trademark, trade secrets and employment matters. Her practice covers company structuring, formation, and draft and negotiate variety of commercial agreements. She has formed multiple private equity funds with investment in real estate, AI, healthcare, biotechnology, robotics and IOT, and has represented both portfolio companies and investors in angle round and subsequent series of investments. She also offers advice on employment matters as to offer letter, wage & hour, classification of employment, severance, and noncompete. She has formed and represented multiple tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. Her clients are in biotechnology, CRO, private equity, education advisory and consulting, business incubator, real estate developer and broker, recruiting and staffing, export and import, online distributor for electronic products.
In addition, Attorney Dai represents clients in the State and Federal courts as well as before private arbitration and mediations. She has handled cases involving misappropriate of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA), fraud in investment transactions, disputes arising out of real estate development and acquisition, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership dispute, non-compete, wage & overtime violation, and employment discrimination. She also represents companies in response to Attorney General’s Office’s investigation on alleged wage violation and negotiate with settlement.
Prior to joining Lion’s Law, Attorney Dai worked with Cutler & Wilensky, LLP for eight years. She interned in the Massachusetts Appeals Court for the Honorable Fernande R.V. Duffly, who was subsequently appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In addition to her judicial internship, she had a stint for Altran and Brown Brothers Harriman, and MWE law Firm, a partner firm of McDermott, Will & Emery in Shanghai.
Before practicing law, Attorney Dai advised and counseled business and start-ups on marketing and growth strategies, financing options and operation optimization, and has negotiated business engagements on behalf of client companies with revenues ranging from $1M to $15M. 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 is an avid reader, runner, skier, tennis player, and cardio exerciser.
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
B.A. Business English, Shanghai University
M.B.A. in Finance, University of Calgary
J.D, Suffolk University Law School
President of New England Chinese Information & Networking Association (NECINA), July, 2020 – present
Director of Engagement and Sponsorship, New England Chinese Information & Networking Association (NECINA), 2014-2020
Board of directors, Civic Education Alliance, 2016 – 2020
Panel Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Project, 2011-2014
Recent Speaking Engagements
• Legal Considerations for New Companies in Massachusetts, Z Park Boston Innovation Center, August 5, 2021
• Protect Intellectual Property (Trademark, Trade Secrets and Business Reputation), April 9, 2021, https://youtu.be/1EyOdejsZqA
• Legal Liabilities and Obligations for Partners, Managers, and Board Members, facilitating for Attorney Tim Cutler, November 24, 2020
• What Do I Do If FBI Pulls Me Out of Queue, facilitating for Attorney William Connolly, October 28, 2020
• The Family First Coronavirus Response Act, March 31, 2021
• Demystify Legal and Tax Mystery for Tax Exempt Nonprofits in Massachusetts, with Anchor America Group, June 9, 2020, https://youtu.be/4tuYPacggI
Awards and Honors
Rising Star, Corporate and Business Law, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2021