Wen Fa is a senior attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation. He has litigated cases in all of PLF’s practice areas and focuses on equality before the law and free speech. Having immigrated to America from Beijing, Wen believes that individualism and innovation are critical to human flourishing in the United States and around the world. He relishes the opportunity to advance these ideals though his litigation and communication.
Wen was one of the primary attorneys in two of PLF’s recent Supreme Court cases: Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky and Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid. He has fought to vindicate equality before the law in numerous cases, in which he represented parents and students fighting against racial discrimination in Hartford, St. Louis, and New York. As the Geza and Cynthia Karakas Attorney for Free Speech, Wen represented a university professor, an army veteran, and a gay musician in their challenge to the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ vague prohibition on speech it considers “offensive to good taste and decency.”
In addition to litigation, Wen promotes principles of individualism and opportunity in the court of public opinion. In 2021, he testified before Congress about PLF cases regarding equality before the law. Wen has published op-eds in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and City Journal. He has talked about PLF cases in podcasts, on television, and in speeches to students at Georgetown, Berkeley, University of Southern California, and other law schools around the country.
Wen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas-Dallas, a master’s degree in political theory from the London School of Economics, where he studied under libertarian scholar Chandran Kukathas, and a law degree from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining PLF, Wen worked at the Human Rights Initiative and the Austin chapter of the Institute for Justice. Wen is licensed to practice law in California, Texas, and several federal district and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
When he’s not hard at work, Wen enjoys playing and watching sports, listening to podcasts, and traveling. Wen lives in Northern California with two dogs and a mischievous cat, who he found and rescued from a Green Acres parking lot in 2018.