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Board of Governors

NAPABA Officer Profiles
Regional Governors
At-Large Members


NAPABA OFFICER PROFILES 


 PRESIDENT

  Pankit J. Doshi
 
DLA Piper
  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 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.


   PRESIDENT-ELECT

   Daniel Sakaguchi
   
Armstrong Teasdale
   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.


  VP FOR FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT

  Courtney Fong
  General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
  Castle Creek Arbitrage LLC
  Chicago, IL

 


Courtney Fong is the general counsel and chief compliance officer of Castle Creek Arbitrage LLC in Chicago and holds other senior roles at CC ARB Global Limited in London. Courtney is an adjunct professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where he developed and teaches a course on Hedge Funds and Regulatory Compliance. Courtney is a graduate of Northwestern University and received his JD and MBA from IIT Chicago- Kent College of Law.


  VP FOR PROGRAMS AND OPERATIONS

  Charles Jung
 
Principal
  
Nassiri & Jung LLP
  San Francisco, CA

  

 

 

Charles Jung is as a trial lawyer at Nassiri & Jung LLP, where he both defends wage and hour/employment cases and represents in-house lawyers and executives in their workplace disputes. Charles is a frequent commentator in the legal press on the topics of class actions, arbitration, and employment law. He graduated with Distinction from Stanford Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Stanford Law Review. He earned his B.A. from Duke University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He earned his Master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Kennedy Fellow.


VP FOR MEMBERSHIP

Tacie H. Yoon
Crowell & Moring LLP
Washington, DC 



 

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.


   VP FOR COMMUNICATIONS

 
   Sun E. Choi
   DC Metro Law, LLC
   Frederick, MD 


    




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.


   TREASURER

   Eugene Kim
   Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden 
   San Bernardino, CA
    


   

 


Eugene Kim is a business litigation attorney at Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden. He represents startups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in protecting and enforcing their legal rights. He has tried numerous complex business, real estate, and intellectual property cases to verdict. Eugene has been recognized as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters, rated “A/V Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell, recognized as a Top Lawyer in Inland Empire Magazine, and received the NAPABA Best Under 40 Award.


SECRETARY

Bonnie Lee Wolf
Nationwide Insurance
Columbus, OH

 


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.


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Cyndie M. Chang
Managing Partner
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.


 

Regional Governors

Northeast Region

Rahat Babar

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General 

Victor Diune

Merrill Lynch 


 

Central Region

Avanti Bakane

Gordon & Rees LLP


 

Southeast Region

Christopher J. Chan



 

Southwest Region

Daniel Hu

United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas



 

Northwest Region

Dainen N. Penta

Leahy Fjelstad Peryea


 

Central California Region

Puneet Kakkar

U.S. Attorney's Office — Los Angeles


 

Eastern California/Nevada Region

Robert C. Kim

Ballard Spahr LLP


 

Southern California Region

Brian S. Sun

Hologic Inc.


 

Northern California Region

David Mesa

Sedgwick LLP


At-Large Members

Carolynn K. Beck

Murchison & Cumming LLP


Barbara Lum

Thompson Hine LLP


Christopher Sukhaphadhana

Mattel Inc.


Gary Zhao

SmithAmundsen LLC