Patti Chong was born in Malaysia and immigrated to Australia to commence study at the University of Western Australia. She graduate with a Bachelor of Laws in 1980 and was admitted as a lawyer the following year. Following her admission, Patti completed her Articles and Restricted Practice at the Legal Aid Commission of WA.
In early 1983, Patti commenced work as a Principal Legal Officer with the Australian Government Solicitor’s Office. Patti provided advice to, commenced and defended proceedings involving the Commonwealth Government. It was in this role that Patti got her first experience in the court room as a junior counsel.
Nearly a decade later, Patti took up a position as a State Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (WA). During her 14 years in the DPP, Patti appeared for the State in numerous trials and secured important convictions. In 2004, Patti was given the honour of becoming the inaugural General Counsel for the Corruption and Crime Commission.
In 2006, Patti set up Patti Chong Lawyer to provide insightful and considered advice to a number of different clients across a range of different legal areas. Throughout this period, Patti has employed young lawyers to assist her. Her current junior lawyers, are Ms. Sabrina Tan and Mr. Alexander Turner.