Cyndie M. Chang
Duane Morris LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Cyndie M. Chang is the Los Angeles Managing Partner of Duane Morris LLP handling litigation and counseling involving complex business disputes and torts, real estate, trademarks, class actions, and products liability. Her services has spanned various industries, including fashion, retail and consumer goods, manufacturing, utilities, and telecommunications services. She also handles insurance coverage claims involving large, multimillion dollar environmental, asbestos and toxic tort matters. Cyndie has obtained favorable results as first chair for many kinds of businesses at trial and arbitration.
She currently serves on her firm’s governing Partners Board and as NAPABA’s president for 2016-17. She previously served as NAPABA’s VP of Communications, Secretary, Regional Governor, Alternate Regional Governor, and past president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), one of the oldest APA bar associations in the country. She has been named a 2014 Daily Journal Top 100 Women Lawyer in California, a NAPABA 2010 “Best Lawyers under 40”, a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, and a “2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Recorder. Best Lawyers Magazine, Spring Edition 2016, profiled Cyndie as one of 15 women in the legal profession leading the charge for achievements in the practice and policy, on both local and national levels. Cyndie has spoken on substantive and professional issues across the country, which include programs for the ABA, Defense Research Institute (DRI), the California State Bar, Center for Asians United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE), and the Committee of 100. She also served on the boards of the Asian Pacific Community Fund (a non-profit generating funding for 29 local affiliate non-profit agencies) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles. She was her firm’s office Pro Bono Coordinator, an ABA-TIPS Leadership Academy graduate, and an inaugural Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). She and her firm also received the 2014 annual Pro Bono Service Award from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA. Cyndie graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and Loyola Law School, LA
Pankit J. Doshi
San Francisco, CA
Pankit J. Doshi is a Partner in the San Francisco, California, office of DLA Piper. Mr. Doshi's practice focuses on employment litigation on behalf of management and preventive counseling. Mr. Doshi has represented employers in both state and federal litigation involving trade secret misappropriation, whistleblower, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, statutory leave, retaliation, and breach of contract claims. Mr. Doshi has also represented employers in complex class action and representative action litigation, including misclassification and wage and hour claims. Mr. Doshi has represented employers at administrative hearings and during investigations by various state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Department of Industrial Relations - Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Mr. Doshi regularly provides advice and counseling to employers of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, and has spoken on a number of panels and published articles related to employment law issues across the country.
Mr. Doshi is the current President-Elect of NAPABA. He previously served as the NAPABA Vice President of Programs and Operations and Treasurer for two consecutive years. He also served as both the Regional Governor and Alternate Regional Governor for the Central District of California-Los Angeles -- the largest region in NAPABA -- overseeing ten local affiliate bar associations. Mr. Doshi also served as co-chair of the NAPABA Litigation Committee and on the executive host committee for both the NAPABA California-Nevada Regional Conference in 2009 and the Annual Convention in 2010. Mr. Doshi is also a Past President and on the current Advisory Board of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, one of the oldest and largest South Asian bar associations in the country. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of North America (formerly NASABA), as a Board of Governor on the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County and on the Executive Advisory Council of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
In 2012, Mr. Doshi was selected to participate in the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section ("TIPS") Leadership Academy, selected with a group of approximately 20 lawyers across the country identified as emerging bar leaders. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Doshi was appointed by the State Bar of California Board of Governors to serve a three-year term on the State Bar of California Council on Access and Fairness.
Mr. Doshi received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. While in law school, Mr. Doshi served as a Senior Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and on the Scott Moot Court Honors Board.
VP FOR FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT
Steven Y. Reeves
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Steven Reeves is a member of the Faegre Baker Daniels corporate and international practices, where he specializes in strategic domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Before law school, and after graduating from Cornell University's School of Hotel Management, he spent almost four years working at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City. While growing up, he lived in Korea, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Switzerland, as well as Chicago, Illinois, Santa Maria, California and New York City. Steven is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys canoeing, fishing, hunting and wilderness cooking.
Steven's practice involves mergers, stock and asset-based acquisitions, and other corporate transactions for companies in industries such as health care technology, food and agricultural manufacturing and production, industrial manufacturing, telecommunications and retail. In addition, Steven advises clients on cross-border transactions such as complex multi-jurisdictional acquisitions and reorganizations, foreign direct investment in the U.S., licensing and distribution arrangements and U.S. export control compliance. Steven also advises on acquisitions subject to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
In addition, Steven has significant experience advising on general corporate operating matters and serves as outside general counsel to a variety of private growth companies.
VP FOR PROGRAMS AND OPERATIONS
St. Louis, MO
Daniel Sakaguchi is a Litigation Partner in the St. Louis, Missouri office of Armstrong Teasdale LLP. He handles litigation and arbitration in a variety of areas, including complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, construction, telecommunications, insurance coverage disputes and life, health, disability and ERISA claims. He also has significant experience in municipal development and financing, whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act and franchise disputes. He has represented Fortune 100 and 500 companies in complex lawsuits in both state and federal court, and is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and California.
Prior to serving as Vice-President for Programs and Operations, Mr. Sakaguchi served as an At-Large Board Member for NAPABA, was on the Host Committee for the 2013 NAPABA Convention in Kansas City and has co-chaired the Regional Conference Committee since 2014. He is a past president of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association and currently on its Board of Directors. He was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a 2011 “40 Under 40” and was recognized by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® (2014-2016) and as a Rising Star (2010-2012), by Best Lawyers in America® for Copyright Law in 2015-2016, and was given the MAABA Torch Bearer Award in 2015.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Sakaguchi received a BA and MA from the University of California, Berkeley and his JD from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall).
VP FOR MEMBERSHIP
Tacie H. Yoon
Crowell & Moring LLP
Tacie H. Yoon is at attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C., where she practices in the Insurance/Reinsurance and Bankruptcy groups. Ms. Yoon represents insurance carriers in complex coverage disputes, including those arising from underlying claims involving exposure to asbestos, environmental liability under CERCLA or similar state statutes, and negligent hiring/sexual molestation by educational administrators. Ms. Yoon also represents insurers in bankruptcy cases in which the debtor faces significant liability due to asbestos and/or environmental contamination. In addition, Ms. Yoon works with teams of lawyers from the firm’s Insurance group, Torts group, Bankruptcy group, and Corporate group to perform due diligence and counsel clients who are considering purchasing or investing in companies that face exposure to asbestos liability, or that have emerged from an asbestos bankruptcy, regarding the risks and benefits of such proposed transactions. Before joining Crowell & Moring, Ms. Yoon practiced for many years as a litigator, primarily representing franchisors in litigation arising from their franchise relationships.
Prior to serving as NAPABA Secretary, Ms. Yoon served as co-chair of the Host Committee for the 2012 NAPABA Convention in Washington, D.C. She is a past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington D.C. Area (APABA-DC), and is currently co-chair of APABA-DC’s Nominations Committee. In 2011, Ms. Yoon also served as an appointed member of the D.C. Bar’s Nominations Committee.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Yoon received her BA from Yale University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.
VP FOR COMMUNICATIONS
Sun E. Choi
DC Metro Law, LLC
Sun E. Choi is the founding member of DC Metro Law LLC. Ms. Choi earned her BS from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from American University. Upon graduation from law school, she clerked for the late Chief Judge E.N. Hamilton of D.C. Superior Court in Washington, D.C. Ms. Choi then served as prosecutor at the State's Attorney's Office for Frederick, Maryland, before entering private practice. Most recently, Ms. Choi was the first female Research Fellow and Lecturer invited by the Ministry of Justice for the Republic of Korea, at the Legal Research and Training Institute in late 2010 through mid-2011. While there, Ms. Choi provided research and lectures to senior prosecutors regarding the jury system involved in U.S. Criminal Law and Procedure. Ms. Choi is currently the Co-Chair of NAPABA’s Solo & Small Firm Group, the Vice President of the Korean-American Bar Association of D.C., the Chair of APABA-D.C.’s Small Firm Forum, the former President of APABA-D.C., a certified Zumba instructor, a marathon runner and a mother of two. She is a trial attorney with 19 years of practice and specializes in criminal defense and complex domestic matters in the D.C. area.
Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden
San Bernardino, CA
Bonnie Lee Wolf
Bonnie Wolf is an Assistant General Counsel at Nationwide Insurance. At Nationwide, Bonnie is a member of the Litigation Employment Department responsible for managing all aspects of agent litigation, including managing outside counsel. Previous to this role at Nationwide, Bonnie supported the Company’s exclusive sales channel in the P&C Sales Legal Practice group handling a wide variety of legal matters, including agent contracts and programs, investigations and pre-litigation matters. Prior to joining Nationwide Insurance, Bonnie worked at a regional law firm in its litigation department for seven years. There she gained experience in representing clients in all phases of litigation, including appeals, settlement negotiations, mediations, second chair trial experience for two week jury trial, and second chair for a week long arbitration.
She is currently an Officer and Board Member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association serving as the Secretary. She also serves as a board liaison to NAPABA’s Tax Committee, Women’s Leadership Network and Asian American Adoptee Network, and is a member of NAPABA’s In-House Counsel Network and Insurance Law Committee. Bonnie is a Board Member and Community Service Chair of her local affiliate the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio (“APABA-CO”) and former President of APABA-CO. Previously, Bonnie served on the NAPABA Board as the Regional Governor for the Central Region of NAPABA. Originally from Severna Park, Maryland, Bonnie received her B.A. magna cum laude from Winthrop University and her J.D. from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law with distinction.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Jin Y. Hwang
Managing Assistant General Counsel
Basking Ridge, NJ
Jin Y. Hwang is Managing Assistant General Counsel with Verizon, a Fortune 13 global company. In this capacity, Jin manages a team, negotiates multi-million dollar commercial agreements with Fortune 500 companies, and provides day-to-day guidance to her clients.
Jin has served as Verizon in-house counsel for over 14 years with various business units handling a broad array of fields, including managing litigation and serving as lead attorney on many strategic projects, including assets integration. Jin has received several Verizon awards including the Northeast Area (NEA) President’s Mid-Year “Beast of the East” Award and NEA President’s Award of Excellence.
Before Verizon, Jin was in-house at France Télécom (now Orange) with a variety of responsibilities including working on a multi-billion dollar acquisition and negotiating licensing agreements for Hollywood films.
Jin graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was Articles Editor of the Administrative Law Review. Jin earned her bachelor degree with double majors in Psychology and French Studies with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jin is passionate in advocating for diversity and inclusion. She has served in several different roles at the state and national level of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association since 2006, and was NAPABA President during the 2015-2016 bar year. Jin has served as a mentor to many law students and lawyers as well as a panelist for various organizations including the University of Texas School of Law’s Center for Women in Law, Defense Research Institute, and the American Bar Association (ABA) over the years. Jin is also a member of the steering committee for Verizon’s Public Policy, Legal, and Security Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. Jin currently serves as a Commissioner for the ABA’s Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and is a past NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 recipient.
FactSet Research Systems Inc.
New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
Gordon & Rees LLP
United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
Dainen N. Penta
Leahy Fjelstad Peryea
Central California Region
Dentons US LLP
Eastern California/Nevada Region
Office of the Attorney General
Southern California Region
Brian S. Sun
Northern California Region
Charles H. Jung
Nassiri & Jung LLP
Thompson Hine LLP