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Directors & Officers 2018-2019

AABANY Officers


President
James R. Cho

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 States 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.

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President-Elect
Brian Song
BakerHostetler


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, and 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.

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Immediate Past President
Dwight S. Yoo
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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.

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Vice President of Programs and Operations
Jeff Ikejiri
UnitedLex

Jeff Ikejiri is Vice President, Legal and Business Services at UnitedLex. He works closely with clients across multiple industries on law department transformation initiatives and provides technology to help better manage the delivery of legal services. Prior to UnitedLex, Jeff was Senior Practice Director at RGP in Los Angeles and New York City. Jeff was formerly an Associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Sedgwick LLP, where he managed state and federal lawsuits for Fortune 100 companies in commercial and labor and employment disputes. 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 formerly served as the Co-Chair for AABANY’s Career Placement Committee.

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Vice President of Programs and Operations
Charles Chen
HICKIES, Inc.

Charles is the Deputy General Counsel for HICKIES, Inc., a global footwear accessories company. Charles has extensive experience in intellectual property law and he leads the global intellectual property development and protection for HICKIES. HICKIES is known for its lacing system that turns any sneakers into a slip-on so that you never have to tie your shoes. Currently, HICKIES is selling its products in over 40 countries. Prior to HICKIES, Charles was a New York State Bar Association IP Fellow at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts where he helped a range of artists and entrepreneurs. He has also worked in a boutique intellectual property law firm in Washington D.C., at the U.S. Copyright Office, and served as a judicial law clerk in the Philadelphia Commerce Court. Charles received his J.D. and LLM in intellectual property law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and his B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

Charles has been an active member of AABANY since 2011 and currently also serves as co-chair of the Intellectual Property Committee (2016-Present) and previously the Young Lawyers Committee (2016-2017). Charles is also an active AABANY mentor and a frequent speaker at many conferences. He also participates as an attorney in the AABANY Pro Bono Clinic and currently also serves on the board of directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel in New York City (ACC-NYC).

Development Director
Margaret T. Ling
Lincoln Land Services

Margaret T. Ling has been a real estate attorney since 1986. Her real estate experience commenced with a private real estate practice for almost a decade. Prior to practicing as a real estate attorney, Margaret was a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Constance Baker Motley of the United States District Court–Southern District of New York. Following her clerkship, Margaret focused on immigration law before transitioning into real estate law.

For over the past twenty years, Margaret has been in house counsel in the title insurance industry. Her experience is multi-faceted and includes positions as Senior Underwriting Counsel positions where she was responsible for all legal title underwriting.

Margaret has also held positions at New York Title Underwriters. As New York Agency Underwriting Counsel at Stewart Title Insurance Company and Ticor Title Insurance Company-The Fidelity Title Group, Margaret provided underwriting and legal support for over 300 New York State Title Agents and Direct Operations. As New York Claims Counsel at First American Title Insurance Company, Margaret was responsible for processing and resolving in house files on behalf of its agents while coordinating and monitoring retained counsel on all litigation files.  

Margaret received her B.A. in History Cum Laude from Barnard College – Columbia University, and her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the Appellate Division, and the Second Department.

Margaret currently serves as Development Director and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Committee at the Asian American Bar Association of New York, where she formerly served on the Board of Directors. In 2013, Margaret was awarded the “Most Valuable Player Award” for her outstanding dedication and service to AABANY. She is an Alumna of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy which is sponsored by the American Bar Association. Margaret is also the current AABANY Delegate to the New York State Network of Bar Leaders, and the Co-Chair of the Asia Practice Committee at the New York County Lawyer’s Association.

Her other Bar Association memberships include the National Asian Pacific Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association where she is a member of the Real Property and Diversity Committees; the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York; and the Asian Pacific American Lawyer’s Association of New Jersey.

Margaret currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Real Estate Professional Association and on the Board of Directors for The Asian Columbia University Alumnae Association.

Margaret is also an active member of the following organizations: Asian Real Estate Association of America-New York East Chapter where she was formerly a founding Board member; New York Chinese Banker’s Association; National Association of Asian Professionals; National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals; and the National Diversity Council.

As a proud New York Law School Alumnae, Margaret serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Law School Alumnae Association. Margaret recently founded The New York Law School Asian Alumnae Group. She was the 2010 recipient of the New York Law School Award for Distinguished Service in Diversity and Progress. 

When Margaret is not practicing law, she is passionate about golf. She is a member of the United States Golf Association; active member of the New Jersey PGA Golf Foundation; and an active Volunteer Golf Coach with the First Tee Program of Metropolitan New York-Plainfield Country Club Chapter. For the past ten years, Margaret has been an active PGA Tour Volunteer Chairman  for the PGA Barclays Fed Ex Cup Golf Tournament; The Northern Trust Fed Ex Golf Tournament and the 2017 Presidents Cup. Margaret is also involved with the LPGA and since 2012, has been on the Pro Am Team for the LPGA Shoprite Acer Classic. 

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Director of Technology
Francis Chin
Brooklyn Law School

Francis H. Chin is AABANY’s Director of Technology, as well as co-chair of the Professional Development Committee, coordinating AABANY's CLE programs. Mr. Chin has been an information technology administrator at Brooklyn Law School since 1999. Mr. Chin is also on the boards of the Asian American Law Fund of New York and the NYU College of Arts and Science Alumni Association. He helps organize the Hon. Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition at the national and regional levels. Mr. Chin joins in producing APA historical trial reenactments led by Hon. Denny Chin. While attending law school, Mr. Chin co-authored the McGraw-Hill computer text HTML Publishing on the Internet, one of the first commercial website manuals. After graduation, he was of counsel to Llorens and Meneses in New Jersey, practicing real estate, business formation, and immigration. He was technology counsel at Netmatrix (now part of Epiq Systems), focused on e-discovery and knowledge management. Mr. Chin received a bachelor's in computer science from New York University, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and a certificate in transnational law from Duke University School of Law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

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Treasurer
Edward Kim
Krieger Kim & Lewin

Ed Kim is a founding partner of Krieger Kim & Lewin LLP. His practice focuses on government enforcement and investigations, complex commercial litigation, and cybersecurity. Ed represents individuals and entities in criminal and regulatory enforcement actions involving state and federal criminal authorities, as well as domestic regulatory authorities, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority(FINRA), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). An accomplished trial lawyer and investigator, Ed co-founded the firm after serving for nearly a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Ed received his A.B. from Brown University in 1998 and J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004. Ed also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Ed worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, Inc.

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Membership Director
David Sohn
Kings County District Attorney’s Office

David Sohn is an Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office since 2015. David prosecuted hundreds of domestic violence cases while in the Domestic Violence Bureau and currently prosecutes cases for the Orange Zone Trial Bureau. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, David was an antitrust litigator, representing indirect purchaser plaintiffs while at an international law firm. David also formerly interned for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

David has been an active member of AABANY since moving to New York in 2012 and is a former Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and the former Co-Coordinator of the AABANY Mentorship Program. He is also an active member of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York and served as the Senior Chair of KALAGNY’s Gala in 2017. David earned his B.A. from The George Washington University, J.D. from Northeastern University of Law, and an LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from The George Washington University Law School.

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Secretary
Dai Wai Chin Feman
Parabellum Capital LLC

Dai Wai Chin Feman is a director at Parabellum Capital LLC, where he focuses on commercial litigation finance. Prior to joining Parabellum, Dai Wai was a litigation partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Dai Wai has been a member of AABANY since law school. He is the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee and a former Co-Chair of AABANY’s Litigation Committee.   

 


Executive Director

Yang Chen

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
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Jung Choi is Senior Corporate 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.

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Marianne Chow-Newman
Hearst Corporation

Marianne Chow Newman 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 co-chair of the Women's Committee and Career Placement Committee from 2014-2015 and as the Vice President, Programs and Operations from 2015-2017.  She has also served as the Chief Administrative and Regulatory Officer of Don H. Liu Scholars Program, Inc. since 2016. 

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Diane Gujarati

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 has also served as 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.

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Suzanne Kim
Rutgers University School of Law

Suzanne A. Kim is Professor of Law and Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers University Law School. Her research and teaching focus on family, procedure, constitutional law, anti-discrimination, critical theory, and socio-legal studies. 

Professor Kim has served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Rutgers Law. A recipient of the Dream Professor Award from the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law, Professor Kim has been a visiting scholar at Emory University's interdisciplinary Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and Cardozo School of Law’s Mainzer Program in Family Law, Policy, and Bioethics and has also taught at Fordham Law School. Professor Kim is a 2011 winner of the Association of American Law Schools Women in Legal Education New Voices in Gender Studies Paper Competition.

She was appointed to the Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor's Commission on Diversity and Transformation. A member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, Professor Kim also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Rutgers University-Newark P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship. She is the Founder and Director of the interdisciplinary Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.

Professor Kim is an elected fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and on the Board of Advisors of the nonprofit organization Unchained at Last. She has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns.

Professor Kim has practiced law with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York and received the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Kim was a lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School in what is now the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship program. Professor Kim earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

 

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Chris Kwok
JAMS

Chris M. Kwok serves as the Co Chair of the Issues Committee and Asia Practice Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of New York. He received his B.A from Cornell University with a major in Government and minor in Asian American studies, and his J.D from UCLA Law School, where he served on the staff of the Asian American Pacific Islander Law Journal.  Formerly, he was the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator at the U.S. Equal Employment Commission in the New York District office. He is a mediator with JAMS.  

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Naf Kwun
Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP

Naf Kwun is a partner in the corporate and litigation group of Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP, where she focuses on commercial litigation and corporate transactions. Naf regularly advises financial institutions, public companies, and other corporate clients as well as individuals in connection with a broad array of matters, including litigated disputes in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels, commercial real estate litigation and transactions, financial services, and labor and employment.  

Prior to joining the firm, Naf served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Patricia M. DiMango, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. During law school, she interned at Google Inc., the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Communications Commission. 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 earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Philosophy, with distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley.

In addition to her role as Director, Naf also co-chairs the Newsletter Committee and the Vetting Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee.  Previously, she has served as VP of Programs and Operations (2016-2018); Treasurer (2015-2016); Recording Secretary (2014-2015); Co-chair of the Women’s Committee (2013-2015); and Editor-in-Chief of AABANY's quarterly newsletter, The Advocate (2014-2018).  Outside of AABANY, Naf serves as Secretary of the Asian American Law Fund of New York.  She has also served on the IT and Cyber Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Bobby Liu
M.D. Sass

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.

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Sonia Low
THE ONE Group, LLC

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.

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.

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Sapna Palla
Wiggin and Dana LLP

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.

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Terrence Shen
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Terrence L. Shen, a partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, 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.

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Manisha M. Sheth
NYS Office of the Attorney General

Manisha M. Sheth serves as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice. She leads six litigation bureaus, including Investor Protection, Antitrust, Internet and Technology, Consumer Frauds, Tax Payer Protection, 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, government investigations, and white collar crime. 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.

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Irene Tan
AIG

Irene Tan is an Assistant General Counsel for North America General Insurance at AIG, where she supports distribution, marketing and communications, and operations.  Irene is also an active member of the AIG Pro Bono program and a graduate of AIG’s Accelerated Leadership Development program. 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. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.S. in Policy Analysis & Management from Cornell University.

Irene has held various leadership positions both in and out of AABANY, having previously served as AABANY’s Membership Secretary and co-chair of the Career Placement, Membership, Student Outreach and Young Lawyers Committees. In addition to AABANY, Irene is the chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Associate Board and a former mentor 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. Irene is also the NAPABA Northeast Regional Governor Alternate.

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Larry Wee
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

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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Andy Yoo
Pearson

Andy Yoo is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Pearson, the world's leading learning and education company, whose corporate mission is to improve people's lives through learning. He has significant experience working in the education sector ranging from K-12, Higher Education, and Adult professional/vocational training and employability. His work focuses on Publishing, Educational Technology, Copyright and Trademark, Online Learning, Learning Platforms, Educational Research, Digital Content Distribution, Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Strategic Partnerships, Litigation and In-House operations. He is also passionate about and head of the Diversity and Inclusion efforts within the Pearson Legal Function.  In order to increase diversity in the legal profession, he serves on the Board of the Pipeline to Practice Foundation and is active with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and Diversity Lab.

Prior to Pearson, he was associated with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and  in-house at Viacom.  Andy graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University and received his law degree from NYU where he was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif.

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