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Directors & Officers 2017-2018

AABANY Officers

Dwight Yoo
President

Email: dwight.yoo@aabany.org

Dwight Yoo is a partner in the Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions departments of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. His practice focuses on capital markets and other corporate transactions, with extensive experience in the insurance and banking sectors. Mr. Yoo represents issuers, investment banks and private equity firms in public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities, exchange offers, consent solicitations, restructurings, M&A, joint ventures and insurance risk-linked transactions.

Mr. Yoo is also committed to pro bono service and twice received the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Service for his representation of low-income tenants in New York City Housing Authority matters. Mr. Yoo also serves on the Advisory Committee of AABANY.

Mr. Yoo received his B.A. from Yale University in 1995 and J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School in 2000.



James Cho
President-Elect

Email: james.cho@aabany.org

James R. Cho is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. He joined the office in 2008 and currently works in the office’s Civil Division. James has litigated dozens of cases across a wide subject area, including defending multi-million dollar medical malpractice and personal injury claims and challenges to federal statutes, regulatory schemes and administrative decisions, and prosecuting cases pursuant to the federal False Claims Act, health care regulations, environmental statutes and civil forfeiture statutes.

James has tried numerous cases to verdict and regularly represents the United States in appellate cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented the United Sates in nine cases on appeal and argued five cases before the Second Circuit.

James is also active in the recruitment and diversity efforts at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. James serves on the office’s hiring committee and actively recruits minority attorneys. He regularly mentors fellow Assistants and interns in the office.

Prior to joining the government, James worked in private practice with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a national law firm, where he litigated labor and employment matters. He began his legal career at Seyfarth’s Chicago office and moved to the firm’s New York office in 2005.

James is active in numerous local and national bar associations and non-profit organizations. He previously served as president of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY) from 2010 to 2013. James also previously served for two years as co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s labor and employment committee. James has served on the board of the Korean American Community Foundation since 2007, and joined the board of the Asian American Bar Association of New York in April 2016.

James graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan and cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.

 

Susan L. Shin
Immediate Past President

Email: susan.shin@aabany.org

Susan L. Shin is a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and is a resident of its New York office. She practices complex business litigation on behalf of public companies, financial institutions and other corporate clients in litigated disputes and class actions in federal and state courts and arbitrations. She also defends institutions and individual clients in government investigations and enforcement proceedings conducted by various federal and state regulatory and consumer protection agencies. Ms. Shin has handled litigation and regulatory enforcement matters involving residential mortgage-backed securitizations mortgage loan servicing, derivatives, auction rate securities, accounting, audits, books and records, compliance, disclosure, executive compensation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, financial and other reporting. She has also successfully defended clients against allegations of financial fraud, insider trading, inadequate internal controls and supervision, market manipulation, improper sales and trading practices, and breach of fiduciary duty. Ms. Shin has an active pro bono practice representing New York City charter schools in bringing and challenging actions involving charter school co-locations.

Prior to joining Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Ms. Shin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, US District Court, Eastern District of New York, from 2002 - 2003, and was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell from 2001-2002. Ms. Shin is a 2001 graduate of Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Shin spent over four years at J.P. Morgan as an Associate in the investment management business. Ms. Shin is a frequent CLE speaker on legal ethics. Ms. Shin previously served on the boards of New York City Outward Bound Schools and New York County Lawyers Association Foundation from 2011 to 2014.

 

Jeff Ikejiri
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Email: jeff.ikejiri@aabany.org

As Senior Practice Director, Jeff is responsible for overseeing RGP Legal’s go-to-market strategy in the East Region.  He works closely with clients across multiple industries on law department transformation initiatives.  Prior to joining RGP, Jeff was an Associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he managed state and federal lawsuits for Fortune 100 companies in commercial and labor and employment disputes.  Previously, he was an Associate at Sedgwick LLP where he represented Fortune 50 companies in commercial and products liability actions.  Jeff received his BBA from The College of William and Mary, and his JD from Southwestern Law School.

 

Jeff is a mentor for the Tiger Woods Foundation and Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and serves as the Co-Chair for AABANY’s Career Placement Committee.

 

Naf Kwun
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Email: naf.kwun@aabany.org

Naf Kwun is an associate at Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP, where her primary practice areas are commercial litigation and corporate transactions. Previously, Naf served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Patricia M. DiMango of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. 

While attending law school, Naf worked at Google Inc., the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Communications Commission, where she worked in the Office of the Chairman and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. In addition, she was a student attorney in the First Amendment and Media Law Section of the Georgetown University Institute of Public Representation. Prior to law school, Naf founded a tutoring and education consulting business. 

Naf received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.

In addition to her role as Treasurer, Naf serves as Editor-in-Chief of AABANY's quarterly newsletter, The Advocate.  She has been an active member of AABANY since 2011 and has previously served as Recording Secretary and as Co-Chair of the Women's Committee.  Naf is also an active member of the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

 

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Amy Ngai
Treasurer

Email: amy.ngai@aabany.org

Amy Ngai is the Associate General Counsel of the ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., a publicly-traded, global hospitality company that develops, owns and operates upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges and provides turn-key food and beverage services for hospitality venues including hotels, casinos and other high-end locations globally. Prior to joining the ONE Group, Amy practiced at a boutique litigation firm, representing plaintiffs in personal injury and product liability matters. Amy has experience in all phases of litigation, from intake to trial and appeal.

Amy earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. in Economics and Psychology from New York University.  She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.  

Amy has been an active member of AABANY since 2012 and has previously served as co-chair of the Student Outreach and Young Lawyers Committee.  She is currently a co-chair of the Membership Committee.

 

Tristan Loanzon
Membership Director

Email: tristan.loanzon@aabany.org

Tristan is an experienced commercial trial lawyer who has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts. Since 2005, he has also served as outside general counsel to three medium-sized New York companies. Before founding his own law firm, Loanzon LLP, he worked at large firms in Washington, D.C., and New York, where he represented Fortune 100 corporations in corporate counseling and litigation. He graduated from Northwestern University Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Law Review, and Georgetown University Law Center. For several years, he served as Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee of AABANY. From 2001-2004, he was a member of the New York City Bar Association Affairs Committee. He is currently a Co-Chair of the Corporate Law Committee of NYCLA. Tristan is admitted to practice law in New York and California.

 


Dai Wai Chin Feman

Secretary

 

Email: daiwai.chinfeman@aabany.org

 

Dai Wai Chin Feman is a litigator at Dorsey & Whitney.  He advises and represents clients with respect to diverse commercial issues and disputes, ranging from contracts, to intellectual property, to antitrust.  Also experienced in transactional matters, Dai Wai has represented purchasers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, as well as various parties in commercial agreements.

 

Dai Wai has been a member of AABANY since law school and is a former Co-Chair of AABANY’s Litigation Committee.  Prior to joining Dorsey, Dai Wai was associated with Satterlee Stephens and interned for the Antitrust Bureau of the New York State Attorney General.   He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.



Executive Director

Yang Chen
Executive Director

Email: yang.chen@aabany.org

Yang Chen is the Executive Director of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), a position he has held since August 2009. Mr. Chen is AABANY's first Executive Director. He has been active in AABANY for many years, having served on the Board and numerous committees, including the Judicial Affairs (now Judiciary) Committee, of which he was a chair. Mr. Chen served as AABANY's President in 2008. Before becoming AABANY's Executive Director, Mr. Chen was a partner in the firm of Constantine Cannon, a law firm specializing in antitrust and complex commercial litigation. He was among the group that founded the firm in 1994, which started as Constantine & Associates. Before joining Constantine Cannon, Mr. Chen was an associate in the New York office of McDermott, Will & Emery and before that he was associated with Breed, Abbott & Morgan (now Winston & Strawn). Mr. Chen is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and Binghamton University.

 

 


AABANY Directors

 


 

Jung Choi

Email: jung.choi@aabany.org 

Jung Choi is Senior Counsel in the Corporate Governance and Securities group at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on its mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases. Jung is responsible for securities law reporting and compliance, as well as financing transactions and corporate governance matters. Jung provides legal counseling to multiple business units including Treasury and Tax on corporate transactions and Investor Relations and Public Affairs on corporate communications. As part of the Corporate Secretary’s Office, she also coordinates the annual meeting process, manages communications between BMS’ senior management, Board of Directors and shareholders and supports several of the Board’s committees.

Prior to joining BMS, Jung was a corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York and Hong Kong where she focused primarily on capital markets transactions. Jung received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, and her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies, cum laude, from Yale University. Prior to law school, Jung was a research fellow for the East Asia Regional Security Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC. Jung has been an active member of AABANY since 2012.

 

Marianne Chow

Email: marianne.chow@aabany.org

Marianne Chow is a counsel at Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies, where she is a member of the international corporate team in the Office of General Counsel. She focuses her practice on cross-border joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements and other transactional matters. Prior to joining Hearst Corporation, Marianne was a corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she was a member of the Finance Group and primarily represented private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in financing transactions, including acquisition and other leveraged financings and asset-based facilities.

Marianne received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 2007. Prior to law school, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Yokohama, Japan, where she performed comparative research on immigration policies and socio-economic development of Chinese communities in Japan and the United States. Marianne earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University in 2003 where she majored in International Relations and minored in Japanese.

Marianne has been an active member of AABANY since 2014.  She served as the Vice President, Programs and Operations from 2015-2016 and as co-chair of the Women's Committee and Career Placement Committee from 2014-2015.


Diane Gujarati

Email: diane.gujarati@aabany.org

Diane Gujarati is an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she has worked since 1999 and where she currently serves as a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. Ms. Gujarati also is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Gujarati served as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as a litigator at Davis, Polk & Wardwell. Ms. Gujarati graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to law school, Ms. Gujarati worked as an analyst in the Banking and Corporate Finance Group at Chemical Bank.

Ms. Gujarati has extensive federal investigative, trial, and appellate experience and significant experience in the area of Government ethics. Ms. Gujarati has been a member of AABANY since 2013 and has been active with its Women’s and Judiciary Committees.

Suhana Han

Email: suhana.han@aabany.org

Suhana Han is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's Litigation Group. Her practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation, including securities, antitrust, employment and contract disputes, as well as government and regulatory investigations. She has represented some of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions in complex cases and matters involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the SEC, the CFTC, the DOJ and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Suhana serves on the Board of Directors for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Board of Directors for New York County Lawyers Association.

Bobby Liu

Email: bobby.liu@aabany.org

Bobby Liu is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of M.D. Sass. Since joining in July 2005, Mr. Liu has been responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance matters affecting the M.D. Sass organization, which includes a number of investment advisers and one broker dealer. Mr. Liu became the organization’s Chief Operating Officer in January 2012 and also manages the administration/operations, client services, marketing support and human resources departments. The M.D. Sass organization currently has over $7 billion in assets under management. M.D. Sass offers both traditional and alternative investment strategies in the form of private equity funds, hedge funds and separately managed accounts, and M.D. Sass also incubates emerging investment managers.

Prior to joining M.D. Sass, Mr. Liu was the General Counsel of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, a global institutional alternative asset management firm that primarily manages hedge funds and private equity funds. Och-Ziff represents one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world, with currently over $30 billion in assets under management.

From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Liu was a corporate associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in their New York and Hong Kong offices, specializing in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Mr. Liu graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1993 with a B.A. in Economics and History. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1996. Mr. Liu was selected as one of NAPABA’s "Best Lawyers Under 40" for 2011.

 

Sonia Low

Email: sonia.low@aabany.org

Sonia Low is the General Counsel of The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., a publicly-traded, global hospitality company and the creator of the international restaurant brand STK®. In addition to developing, owning and operating upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges, The ONE Group provides turn-key food and beverage services - ONE Hospitality® - for hotels, casinos and other high-end locations globally, such as the W Hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Hippodrome Casino, ME Hotels and Hyatt Hotels. As General Counsel, Sonia oversees the legal affairs of the company and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Prior to joining The ONE Group, she was the first General Counsel and in-house lawyer of Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC), a large not-for-profit organization serving the Chinese-American, immigrant and low-income communities of New York City. At CPC, she advised on matters including corporate governance, labor and employment law, real estate law, regulatory compliance, commercial matters and litigation. She created company-wide policies and procedures while integrating the legal department with the daily operations of the company.

Ms. Low began her career at a major international law firm where she specialized in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. While working at the law firm for five years, she spent one year at the Paris office advising European clients on U.S. securities, employment, tax, litigation, and insurance laws. Ms. Low also led pro bono projects representing not-for-profit organizations such as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ms. Low’s industry experience includes prior representation of companies such as Benihana and Patina Restaurant Group, at which she facilitated the acquisition of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group restaurants outside of New York. She has also served as in-house counsel at Credit Suisse where she represented private equity groups on legal and compliance matters, and at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. where she advised on securities laws and regulatory and compliance issues.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Low served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Low received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where she was a merit-based scholarship recipient and managing editor of The Journal of International Law. Ms. Low received her B.A. in English from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Sonia currently also serves on the board of directors of Apex for Youth and is a member of the Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee at the New York City Bar Association. A native of New York City, Sonia received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A from Barnard College, Columbia University.

 

Sapna Palla

Email: sapna.palla@aabany.org 

Sapna is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Intellectual Property Practice. Her practice focuses on an array of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, drug delivery systems and medical devices, with an emphasis on Hatch-Waxman patent infringement cases. She has over 15 years of experience in patent litigation and experience in various jurisdictions including the Federal Circuit and federal courts in Delaware, District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Virginia, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of New York, Southern District of Florida, Northern District of California and the District of Maryland.

Sapna counsels a variety of US and international clients regarding US intellectual property law by providing them with infringement, validity, enforceability and clearance opinions, and by advising them in licensing and antitrust matters, conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations in connection with acquisitions and licensing deals. Sapna also counsels clients about Indian patent law.

Sapna frequently writes and speaks on a range of topics including developments in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices patent law, patent reform, biosimilars regulations and intellectual property law in Asia, and developments in e-discovery. Her programs have been presented by Practicing Law Institute and WestLegal Ed and she has been published and quoted in Leading publications, including Forbes, Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst and Bloomberg/BNA.

Sapna teaches as an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law addressing antitrust and patent topics. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert J. Hurley of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.


Terrence Shen

Email: terrence.shen@aabany.org

Terrence L. Shen represents public and private companies, financial institutions, investment funds and government entities in connection with corporate finance and securities transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In his corporate finance and securities practice, Mr. Shen advises on debt and equity public offerings and private placements, leveraged finance transactions, financial restructurings, recapitalizations and securities regulation. In his mergers and acquisitions practice, he counsels clients in structuring, negotiating and realizing public and private acquisitions and divestitures, private equity investments and joint ventures. Mr. Shen also advises public companies on regulatory compliance, reporting and disclosure requirements, investor communications, corporate governance and investigations. He has practiced both in the U.S. and internationally.

Mr. Shen draws on his prior work as an investment banker and his experience in business and financial analyses to provide legal advice that reflects his clients’ commercial perspectives and helps them meet their business objectives.

 

Brian Song

Email: brian.song@aabany.org

Brian W. Song is a Partner in the New York office of Baker Hostetler LLP.  Brian has broad experience as a general commercial litigator, but focuses his practice on securities litigation and white collar criminal defense.  Brian began his legal career in the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and served on active duty from 2003 to 2007.  Brian has continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve and currently serves as a Defense Appellate counsel for the Defense Appellate Division, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency. 

In 2014, Brian founded AABANY’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.  He is also a co-chair for NAPABA’s Military & Veterans Network Committee.  Brian serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession.  Brian is also actively involved with the Council of Urban Professionals, completing their ten-month fellowship program in 2014, and serving on the Fellows’ Board.  Brian was presented with the “Best Under 40 Award” by NAPABA in 2016.

Brian leads the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in New York as a co-chair and is a member of the Recruiting and Hiring Committee.  Brian also sits on the Firmwide Diversity Committee.

Brian received his B.S. from the Johns Hopkins University and his J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.  Brian also received an L.L.M. in Securities Law and Financial Regulation with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center.


Manisha Sheth

Email: manisha.sheth@aabany.org

Manisha M. Sheth serves as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice. She leads five litigation bureaus, including Investor Protection, Antitrust, Internet and Technology, Consumer Frauds, and Real Estate Finance. Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, Ms. Sheth was a partner at the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP where she focused on a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including securities litigation, structured finance and derivatives litigation, healthcare litigation, and government investigations and white collar. Previously, she served for five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was based in the Philadelphia office. In that position, she secured indictments in more than 35 cases and brought eleven cases to trial. She prosecuted a wide range of misconduct, including health care fraud, financial institution fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, and regulatory crimes. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Sheth was a law clerk for the Hon. William H. Pauley III in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Sheth was named to Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” list in 2013, and to The National Law Journal’s “Minority 40 Under 40” list in 2011.


Irene Tan

Email: irene.tan@aabany.org

Irene Tan is an Assistant Vice President and Counsel at AIG where she supports Financial Lines underwriters in the Private/Not-for-Profit division. She joined AIG in 2013 as a Compliance Officer covering anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions issues. Prior to joining AIG, Irene was Vice President at a boutique consulting firm where she advised alternative asset management firms on regulatory, governance, and compliance issues. Irene received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2011 and her B.S. in Policy Analysis & Management from Cornell University in 2006. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

Irene is passionate and dedicated to advancing the interests of the Asian American community, and holds a number of leadership positions in various non-profits focused on Asian American issues. She is an active participant of the Asian American Bar Association of New York ("AABANY") and previously served as Membership Secretary and co-chair of the Career Placement, Membership, Student Outreach and Young Lawyers Committees. Irene is also a mentor and member of the Associate Board for Apex for Youth, a non-profit focused on providing mentoring and educational programs to underserved Asian and immigrant youth from low-income families in NYC. She is also the VP of Strategic Development and Marketing for the Don H. Liu Scholars Program, a non-profit focused on providing resources to future Asian American leaders in the legal profession.


Larry Wee

Email: lawrence.wee@aabany.org

A partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Capital Markets and Securities Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Lawrence G. Wee focuses on capital markets and finance transactions and securities regulation. Larry is recognized by Chambers and The Legal 500 as a leading capital markets lawyer and by BTI Consulting Group as a Client Service All-Star.

Larry's practice includes public and private equity offerings, high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, convertible debt offerings and offerings of asset-backed securities. He also represents public companies in connection with their ongoing securities law and corporate governance matters and advises in connection with public mergers and acquisitions transactions. Larry also has extensive experience in debt consent solicitations, debt restructurings and exchange offers.

Larry is a Co-Chair of the Corporate Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and is also a member of the Board of Regents of Trinity International University. Larry is the author of An Illustrated Guide to High-Yield Debt Standard Covenants which he has presented at the Practising Law Institute's "Understanding the Securities Laws" program. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Yale College.


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