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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006


Contact: Aleli Samson

December 2, 2008

(202) 775-9555


Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, announced the 2008 recipients of NAPABA’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” Awards at its 20th Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington last week.

The Best Lawyers Under 40 Awards are given in recognition of talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to the community. This year’s Best Lawyers Under 40 honorees have tried and won major cases, handled important deals, received coveted judicial appointments, been entrusted with the responsibility of heading up corporate departments and practice groups – all at a relative early stage of their careers. NAPABA congratulates this year’s Best Lawyers Under 40 Award recipients:

  • Monty Agarwal
    Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Douglas Chia
    Johnson & Johnson
  • James Chou
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Frederick Chung
    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Camilla Eng
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Susan Kim
    Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Sophia Lee
    Sunoco, Inc.
  • Linda Enn Lu
    Allstate Insurance Company
  • Terri Ann Motosue
    Carlsmith Ball LLP
  • Nimesh Patel
    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Ajay Raju
    Reed Smith LLP
  • Catherine Than
    Bickerstaff Heath Dellgado Acosta LLP
  • The Honorable Amul Thapar
    United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • James Toma
    California Department of Justice
  • Kim Tran
    Stafford Frey Cooper PC
  • Karin Wang
    Asian Pacific American Legal Center
  • Robert Yap
    Total Call International, Inc.
  • Samuel Yee
    Office of the New York State Attorney General<


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 57 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.


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