Attorneys

Onchantho Am

Associate

oam@southerntrialcounsel.com
phone: 407-422-6100

Bar Admissions:
Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Education:
Stetson University College of Law
Awards and Activities:
  • Victor O. Wehle Award 2011 Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Thomas E. Penick Jr. Award for Community Service

University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

Languages:
Fluent in Khmer

Onchantho Am joined the firm in 2017 as an associate at Southern Trial Counsel PLC where she practices in the areas of products liability, premises liability, and insurance defense. She brought to the firm her experience in litigation, corporate, and transactional activities as well as dedication to extensive community outreach, pro bono work and advocacy.

As a child of Cambodian refugees, Onchantho overcame poverty and aging out of foster care to become the first in her family to attend college. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. During college, Onchantho worked tirelessly advocating for the rights of at-risk youth and their families. While she was a full-time student, she worked for a non-profit organization that provided financial, legal and education assistance to those in the foster care system. Onchantho passionately worked on policy initiatives that affected the lives of several hundred children in the foster care system and young adults who aged out of foster care in Florida.

Onchantho received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law where she earned the prestigious Victor O. Wehle Award 2011 Excellence in Trial Advocacy, and the Thomas E. Penick Jr. Award for Community Service. As an attorney, Onchantho applies the same work ethic to representing the Firm’s clients by using her passion and legal experience in litigation, corporate, non-profit and transactional activities. She has been recognized by her peers for her work in the community as a recipient of the Orange County Bar Association 2015 Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award of Excellence, Pro Bono Service Award for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, the 2017 New Lawyer Award of Excellence, and Class IV Fellow of the prestigious Wm. Reece Smith Florida Bar Leadership Academy. She continues to excel in her endeavors, which she credits such accomplishments to the support of her family & mentors.

Onchantho is active in the Orange County Bar Association serving as the 2017-2018 Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, and 2017-2018 Central Florida Diversity Picnic Co-Chair. Within the Association’s Young Lawyers Section, she served as a guest speaker for the Law Week Committee 2017 Central Florida Immigration & Naturalization Ceremony, 2017 Scholarship Committee member, 2017 volunteer for Wills for Heroes, and participated in the “Big Bad Wolf” mock trials. Onchantho is a member of The Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, and Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association where she serves as an executive board member. She is also active in her local community where she brings awareness to the at-risk youth population of Central Florida, as a member of the Village IMPOWER Council, and IMPOWER Board of Directors.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking along the Appalachian Trail, riding the waves at the beach and spending time with her husband and daughters.

 

Awards and Honors:
2017 New Lawyer Award of Excellence

Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award of Excellence 2015

Pro Bono Service Award for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit 2013–2015

Victor O. Wehle Award Excellence in Trial Advocacy 2011

Thomas E. Penick Jr. Award for Community Service 2011

Foster Club’s Outstanding Young Leaders of 2009

NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship 2009

Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship 2009

Clark Family Foundation Scholarship 2009

Jack M. Eckerd Scholarship Fund 2009

Florida Medallion Scholars Award 2004-2008

Reach for the Stars Scholarship 2004-2008

Eckerd Family Scholarship 2004

Pro Bono Activities:
Attorney ad litem for Vulnerable Children in State Care 2013-Current

Legal Aid Society VITA Tax Program 2014-Current

Guardian ad litem for Abused and Neglected Children 2010-Current

Professional Associations and Memberships:
The Florida Bar

Orange County (Florida) Bar Association

  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, 2017-2018
  • Central Florida Diversity Picnic Co-Chair, 2017-2018

Orange County (Florida) Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

  • Law Week Committee Central Florida Immigration & Naturalization Ceremony Guest Speaker, 2017
  • Scholarship Committee Member, 2017
  • Wills for Heroes Volunteer, 2017
  • “Big Bad Wolf” Mock Trials Participant, 2017

Wm. Reece Smith Florida Bar Leadership Academy Fellow, 2016-2017

Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association Secretary, 2016-2017

IMPOWER Board of Directors, 2015-Present

Village Council Member of IMPOWER, 2014-Present

Independent Living Services Advisory Council, Youth Representative 2007-2009

Speaking Engagements:
"Importance of Giving Back" Keynote Speaker, 2014 New Beginnings Breakfast, Impower Orlando, Florida, October 23, 2014

"Cross-System" Project Hillsborough County, Florida by 25 Initiative, Inc, Co-Presenter, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., April 23, 2009