Bach T. Hang is a product of hard work and sacrifice. Bach's parents wanted better educational and professional opportunities for their three boys. So, in 1978, when Bach was only 3 years old, they got on a boat and left Vietnam for a better life in the United States. Bach's family had to spend a little over a year in a refugee camp in Malaysia. Then they got on another boat and finally, in 1980, settled in Phoenix, Arizona. Bach learned English in no time. He watched lots and lots of television, especially Saturday morning cartoons and read street signs wherever he went.
Bach credits his relentless work ethic and compassion to his parents. They worked tirelessly in hopes that their children would have a better life than they did. His father worked in a factory, putting together wind chimes by hand. His mother worked as a housekeeper. Sadly, Bach’s father never got to see the fruits of his labor and died when Bach was in the sixth grade. Before middle school, Bach’s family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Bach had to grow up fast, but he enjoyed taking on more house chores to help his mother. He also loved learning everything he could in school and always made time to take care of his brothers.
Bach’s passion for helping people came from his roots as an immigrant and seeing how tough it was for his mother to raise three children on a very modest income. Even as a child, he enjoyed learning about our country's system of government, its politics, and how the law worked. In middle school, Bach knew he wanted to either be a sports beat writer or an attorney. But, when he got into high school, he knew he wanted to attend law school.
In his senior year in high school, many college and scholarship applications had citizenship requirements. As a result, Bach successfully took the naturalization test and became a U.S. citizen later that year. Back then, his mother could have taken the test, and if she passed, her children would become citizens too. However, she was too tired from cleaning hotel rooms all day. A few years later, Bach urged her to take the test, gathered all the documents for her, quizzed her on the questions, and helped her pronounce words like "legislative branch" and names like "William Rehnquist." Bach’s mother passed the test on her first try.
In 1997, Bach graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2002, he graduated from Washburn University Law School. He began his law career in the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office, working mostly on traffic and juvenile cases. Prior to joining DeVaughn James, Bach worked as a criminal defense lawyer for almost 13 years. For most of his clients, he knew it was the first time they had law enforcement contact and the first time they had been to a courthouse. He developed a passion for communicating with clients, taking the time to explain the different nuances of the criminal justice system, helping them understand what was going to happen, and making sure they were treated fairly. He is excited about bringing that skill set to DeVaughn James and helping those who have been injured.
Bach lives in Wichita with his wife and their two children. When he is not working, Bach stays busy attending his kids birthday parties and the birthday parties of his nieces, nephews, and friends children. Bach loves to be around people, loves to joke around, enjoys reading about world and United States history, and hardly ever misses the chance to eat a delicious piece of pecan pie – or maybe even two pieces. If you are forming an all-star trivia team and need someone to cover 1980's and 1990's American pop culture, consider picking Bach to be on your team. His one proud addiction is sports. He particularly loves baseball and will tell you all you need to know about the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bach is licensed to practice law in the State of Kansas, and he is a member of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association. He is also an active member of the Wichita Bar Association where he has chaired their Professional Diversity Committee.