Jin Y. Hwang
Managing Assistant General Counsel
Basking Ridge, NJ
Jin Y. Hwang is Assistant General
Counsel with Verizon Enterprise Solutions (VES), a business unit of Verizon
Communications Inc., a Fortune 15 company. In this capacity, Ms. Hwang
negotiates and drafts agreements with the top largest corporate customers in
various industry verticals for their domestic and global high-technology needs
and provides day-to-day guidance to her sales, finance, and marketing clients.
Prior to VES, Ms. Hwang was in-house counsel with Verizon Wireless in a variety
of roles including handling and supervising litigation, bankruptcy, joint
marketing with other business units, and market integrations. Before that, Ms.
Hwang was in-house with France Télécom's North American legal department in
Ms. Hwang graduated from American
University's Washington College of Law, where she was Articles Editor of the Administrative
Law Review, which is published quarterly in conjunction with the American
Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and has
the highest circulation rate of any student-edited journal. Ms. Hwang earned
her bachelor degree with double majors in Psychology and French Studies with
honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Cyndie M. Chang
Duane Morris LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Cyndie M. Chang is the Managing Partner of Duane Morris LLP in Los Angeles, handling litigation matters involving complex business disputes, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, and real estate. She also handles insurance coverage claims involving large, multimillion dollar environmental, asbestos and toxic tort matters. Ms. Chang has obtained favorable results as lead counsel for many kinds of businesses at trial and arbitration.
Ms. Chang has been named as a 2014 Daily Journal Top 100 Women Lawyer in California, NAPABA’s 2010 “Best Lawyers under 40”, a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine’s Super Lawyers for several years, and a 2013 “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Recorder. Ms. Chang serves on NAPABA’s Executive Committee, in her second year as the VP of Communications and formerly served as its Secretary. She was also the NAPABA Regional Governor and Alternate Regional of the California-Central District and Past President of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), one of the oldest APA bar associations in the country. She 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 (APABA-LA). In addition, she was her firm’s office Pro Bono Coordinator, an American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (ABA-TIPS) Leadership Academy graduate, and an inaugural Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She and her firm have also received recognition for pro bono service from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. Ms. Chang graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She also enjoys performing with the Asian American improv acting group Cold Tofu.
VP FOR FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT
Alexander M. Lee
Law Offices of Alexander M. Lee
Alexander Lee is a second generation Taiwanese-American, born and raised in New Jersey. In 1996, he opened a solo general practice in Caldwell, New Jersey, and now primarily handles small business organizations, commercial and real estate transactions;
commercial/civil litigation; will, trusts and estates; and municipal criminal
law. From 2004 – 2009, Mr. Lee served as the Public Defender for the
Borough of Caldwell, New Jersey. He has also served on the New Jersey Supreme
Court Committee on Minority Concerns as well as the Essex County (NJ) Committee
Mr. Lee is in his third term on the NAPABA Executive Committee, having served
previously as the VP of Communications from 2011-2013, and from 2000–2005, was
Chair/Co-Chair of NAPABA’s Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee. He is a
past president of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey
(APALA-NJ) as well as a member of the Asian American Bar Association of New
York (AABANY) and the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
(KALAGNY). In 2010, Mr. Lee was honored with the New Jersey Chinese American
Chamber of Commerce's Professional Achievement Award and is also the current
president of the Taiwanese American Association - New Jersey Chapter (TAA-NJ).
VP FOR PROGRAMS AND OPERATIONS
Pankit J. Doshi
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
San Francisco, CA
Pankit J. Doshi is a Partner in the San Francisco, California office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. 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 previously served as the NAPABA 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 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.
Steven Y. Reeves
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Steven lives in Victoria, Minnesota (a rural suburb west of Minneapolis), with his wife, Kimberly, his daughter Sofia (7), his son, Mason (5) and his mother, Young Mi. Steven is a member of the corporate and international practices of the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (AmLaw 100, 700+ lawyers), 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, New York. Steven is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys canoeing, fishing, hunting and wilderness cooking.
Minami Tamaki LLP
San Francisco, CA
Brad Yamauchi, in practice for over 36 years and a Partner with Minami Tamaki since
1993, represents plaintiffs in individual and class action employment
discrimination, wage and hour and consumer and financial fraud cases. His
dedication to civil rights and Asian-American issues is inspired by the courage
and sacrifice of his father who served with thousands of Japanese American
soldiers during World War II and the imprisonment of his father and mother's
families in relocation camps.
He is AV rated and a
"Superlawyer" since 2004. From 1996-2005, he was on the Board of the
National Employment Lawyers Association comprised of over 2,500 plaintiff
attorneys nationwide. From 2002-2005 he was Board President of
www.workplacefairness.org, a resource on employment rights. From 2003-2008, he
was on the Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association. From
2008-2011 he served on the Board of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of
the Bar Association of San Francisco. For NAPABA, from 2007 to 2011 he was a
Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee and from 2011-2012 he was a
Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Committee. Mr. Yamauchi currently serves on
the Judicial Nominee Evaluation Commission of the California Bar Association to
evaluate judicial nominations by the Governor and serves as a Vice-President on
the Board of the Japanese Community and Cultural Center of Northern California.
George C. Chen
Bryan Cave LLP
George Chen is a partner at Bryan Cave LLP. He is the leader of the intellectual property practice in the Phoenix office, was a co-chair of the firm-wide Lawyers of Color Affinity Group, and was the chair of the Recruiting Committee for the Phoenix office. He partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, monetize, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigating, licensing, counseling, and prosecuting patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters. Mr. Chen is recognized by Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers of America® for excellence in intellectual property law, and he was honored as a "Best Under 40" by NAPABA and a "Top Pro Bono Attorney" by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. He also is a co-inventor of 4 US patents.
Mr. Chen has served as NAPABA's President-Elect, Treasurer, VP for Programs and Operations, Southwest Regional Governor, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Founder and Chairman of the Investment Committee. He also has served as the President of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association, a member of the Arizona Governor's Asian-American Advisory Council, and Chairman of the Mentoring Committee for the State Bar of Arizona. He also serves as a mentor for the American Bar Association's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, and for the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Minority Writing Program.
FactSet Research Systems, Inc.
Bonnie Lee Wolf
United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
Emilia "Mimi" R. Castillo
Castillo Law Offices
Central California Region
Dentons US LLP
Eastern California/Nevada Region
Office of the Attorney General
Southern California Region
Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, PC
Northern California Region
John S. Hong
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Thy B. Bui
LTL Attorneys LLP
Charles H. Jung
Nassiri & Jung LLP