National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tina Matsuoka
November 25, 2008
NAPABA ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP FOR 2008-2009 BAR YEAR
Washington , D.C. – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has announced its newly-elected officers and Regional Governors for the upcoming bar year. They were sworn into office by the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the Ninth Circuit at the Installation Banquet held on November 22, 2008 during the 20th Annual NAPABA Convention in Seattle, Washington.
The Board is comprised of the Executive Committee, which consists of NAPABA’s nine officers, and the Regional Governors, who each represent one of the nine NAPABA regions across the United States. NAPABA’s Board members for the coming year are as diverse as they are accomplished, ranging from corporate counsel to international correspondent, partners in large law firms to a sole practitioner. Brief biographies of each board member are included below and more information is available at www.napaba.org.
President: Andrew T. Hahn, Sr. is a partner in the Litigation and Employment Law Practice Groups in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on commercial litigation cases involving contract disputes, antitrust, securities, bankruptcy, product liability, banking, toxic torts, as well as matters involving employment and trade secrets/restrictive covenant related issues. He has recently been involved in the recovery of embezzled funds from a local federal savings bank. Mr. Hahn has also been involved in numerous internal corporate investigations, including deceptive sales practices and unsafe banking practices. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Action Team.
Mr. Hahn is the past president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and is the Chairman of the Board of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.
President-Elect: Joseph J. Centeno is an equity partner in the Philadelphia office of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. He founded the firm’s Diversity Committee and serves as the firm’s Diversity Partner. Mr. Centeno is a trial lawyer with a broad range of experience handling employment and labor matters as well as complex high-exposure commercial litigation. In 2006, Diversity & the Bar Magazine named him one of “The Best of the Best” labor and employment lawyers in the country. He has also been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and honored as one of NAPABA’s “Best Lawyers Under 40.”
Mr. Centeno has served as Vice President for Finance and Development of NAPABA, President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, a Senior Hearing Officer to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board and Commissioner to the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission. He also has served as a board member to the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, the NAPABA Law Foundation, the National Employment Lawyer’s Council and the Homeless Advocacy Project.
Vice-President for Finance & Development : Marty B. Lorenzo is a partner at DLA Piper LLP, where he focuses his legal practice on the corporate representation of public and private growth companies. His practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private placements, and cross-border transactions. Mr. Lorenzo also regularly advises clients on international business matters as well as compliance with federal securities laws and corporate governance. He is the author of “Race-Conscious-Diversity Admissions Programs: Furthering a Compelling Interest,” which was published in the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.
Mr. Lorenzo was recognized by NAPABA as a “Best Lawyer Under 40”, has served as NAPABA’s California, Orange County/ San Diego Regional Governor, and was named co-chair of NAPABA’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee in 2008. He is General Counsel for the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Center for Asian Pacific American Law, Director of the Asian Business Association, and Treasurer of the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego. Mr. Lorenzo has earned the Distinguished Service award from the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego and the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego.
Vice-President for Programs and Operations: Bettina W. Yip is currently General Attorney – Labor & Employment for the Central Region for AT&T Mobility, f/k/a Cingular Wireless. In 2005 and 2007, she was named a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star and in 2007, she was named one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia by the Georgia Asian Times. She has served as Secretary of NAPABA and as Southeast Regional Governor, and was named one of NAPABA’s “Best Lawyers Under 40.” She is a founding member of the Labor & Employment Committee and is on the Mentor Program sub-committee of the In-House Committee.
Ms. Yip also served as president of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In 2000, she founded the People's Law School for the Asian Community. From 2002 to 2005, she served on the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors. She is currently Chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law District 4 Committee, and is on the State Bar of Georgia Women and Minorities in the Profession Committee, the Advisory Committee of the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.
Vice-President for Membership: Emily T. Kuo is Associate General Counsel of M. D. Anderson Services Corporation, a nonprofit supporting organization to The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where her practice focuses on health and corporate law.
Ms. Kuo currently serves on the Council of the State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section. She was the 2007 President of the Asian American Bar Association of Houston and is a Trustee of the Asian American Bar Foundation, which is AABA’s 501(c)(3) charitable affiliate. Ms. Kuo has been named one of NAPABA's “Best Lawyers Under 40.” In 2005, Ms. Kuo was appointed by the President of the Texas State Bar to the Standing Committee on Judiciary Relations. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, she was named a Texas Super Lawyer – Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine. Ms. Kuo also serves on the boards of directors for the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) and Houston Early Music, and is also active with Christ the King Presbyterian Church.
Vice-President for Communications: Alice L. Wong is the co-founder and a past President of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington, has been actively involved since 2001 in the Asian Bar Association of Washington (including service as a past President), and is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections of the Washington State Bar Association. She was born and raised in Seattle, attended Seattle University and received a degree in philosophy and political science, and attended University of Washington School of Law. She has been on the NAPABA board since 2007 and likes to work on expanding her shoe collection.
Secretary: Billy Chan attended UCLA and the Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. His practice focuses on corporate, entertainment, and intellectual property transactions. He is a past President of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, General Counsel and Secretary of the Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, General Counsel of the Young Filipino Professionals Association, and the Treasurer of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.
Treasurer: Paul O. Hirose is an in-house attorney for Isuzu Motors America, Inc. and Of Counsel with Perkins Coie LLP. Mr. Hirose is a member of NAPABA’s Leadership Advisory Council and has served, since its inception, on NAPABA’s Finance Committee. At Isuzu, he is responsible for advising the Isuzu companies with respect to a variety of commercial matters, including motor vehicle franchise laws, marketing and advertising issues, employment matters and intellectual property. He also manages Isuzu’s general commercial litigation and warranty lawsuits nationwide.
Immediate Past President: Helen B. Kim is a litigation partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, resident in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Kim’s litigation practice focuses on securities litigation, class action defense and complex business litigation. Before moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Kim served as President-Elect of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and President of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. Ms. Kim has served on the NAPABA Board since 2002, as Secretary, Vice-President for Membership, Vice-President for Finance and Development, President-Elect, and President. She is also co-Editor of the Securities Litigation Journal, published by the ABA Section of Litigation. She also serves as Second Vice President of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
California , San Francisco Region: Bijal Vakil
Partner, White & Case LLP, Palo Alto, CA
California , Los Angeles Region: Ekwan Rhow
Principal, Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks & Lincenberg, Los Angeles, CA
California , Orange County/San Diego Region: Jenny Yoo
Associate, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Diego, CA
California , Eastern California/Las Vegas Region: Bryce K. Kunimoto
Associate, Holland & Hart LLP, Las Vegas, NV