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Directors & Officers 2020-2021

AABANY Officers


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 ForbesPharmaceutical 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
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.



Immediate Past President
Brian Song

Brian W. Song is a Partner in the New York office of BakerHostetler. 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 with the 3d Legal Operations Detachment, U.S. Army Legal Command.


Brian has been an active AABANY member since 2012.  In 2014, Brian founded AABANY’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.  He also previously served as a co-chair for NAPABA’s Military & Veterans Network.  Brian previously served as a Director on AABANY’s Board.  Brian is also actively involved with the Council of Urban Professionals, completing their ten-month fellowship program in 2014. He was a 2019 Fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Brian was presented with the “Best Under 40 Award” by NAPABA in 2016.


Brian leads BakerHostetler’s 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.


Vice President of Programs and Operations
Tiffany A. Miao

Tiffany A. Miao is an associate at BakerHostetler and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including securities and corporate-governance litigation.  She has represented boards of directors for start-ups and Fortune 100 companies in shareholder class actions and internal investigations, hospitality and entertainment companies involved in commercial disputes, and multinational consumer goods corporations over false advertising allegations.  Tiffany is also dedicated to pro bono and public service work. She has authored amicus briefs in support of DACA recipients and victims of on-campus rape, and she represents individuals through the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in their petitions for legal name change.

Tiffany clerked for the Honorable James Orenstein in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.  She graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Intellectual Property Media & Entertainment Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board.  Tiffany received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Prior to practicing law, Tiffany was a chef and restaurant manager in Los Angeles, California.  Tiffany has been an active member of AABANY since 2014.  She previously served as Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee and the Young Lawyers Committee.

Vice President of Programs and Operations
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 currently prosecutes general crimes as part of the Young Adult Bureau and previously prosecuted domestic violence, elder abuse, and general street crimes as part of the Domestic Violence Bureau and 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 earned his B.A. from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from The George Washington University Law School.

David is an active member of AABANY since moving to New York in 2012 and served as former Membership Director, former Co-Coordinator of the AABANY Mentorship Program, and former Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee. David is also the current Alternate Regional Governor for the Northeast Region on the Board of Governors for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  He is also an active member of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York and served as Senior Chair of KALAGNY’s Gala in 2017.


Development Director
Margaret T. Ling
Big Apple Abstract Corp.

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 Deputy Court Clerk for Chief Judge Constance Baker Motley of the United States District Court –Southern District of New York. Following her clerkship, Margaret focused on the area of 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 where she was responsible for all legal title underwriting.


Margaret has held positions on  both the New York Title Underwriters and  Agency Levels. 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 Bachelor of Arts degree 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, Appellate Division, and Second Department.


Margaret currently serves as Development Director and Co-Chairperson of 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.


Margaret is a Member of the Steering Committee of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (“CBLA”) which is sponsored by the American Bar Association. At the CBLA, Margaret is a representative of   the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is also an Alumna of the CBLA which focuses on Diversity and Inclusion in the Law.


Her other Bar Association memberships include the New York State Network of Bar Leaders where she is a member of the Executive Council; the New York County Lawyer’s Association where she is the Co-Chairperson of the Asian Practice Committee; the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association where she is a member of the Real Property Committee and the Diversity Committee; the Queens Bar Association where she is Co-Chairperson of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee; the Nassau County Bar Association where she is an Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee; the Korean Lawyers Association of Greater New York; the  Hellenic Lawyers of New York and the Asian Pacific American Lawyer’s Association of New Jersey.


Margaret is a Board of Director of the New York Law School Alumnae Association. She is actively involved with the New York Law School Asian American Law Students Association where she mentors the students about managing their law school curriculum and career counseling. She was the 2010 recipient of the New York Law School Award for Distinguished Service in Diversity and Progress. In 2016, Margaret founded the New York Law School Asian Alumnae Group.


Margaret also currently serves as a Board of Director of the Asian Real Estate Professionals Association where she is a member of the Sponsorship Committee.

Margaret also serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Columbia University Alumnae Association where she is a member of the Professional Mentorship Program. She is also acting as a liaison to better connect Barnard College where she graduated with the Barnard College Asian Alumnae.

Margaret is also an active member of the following organizations: Queens Chamber of Commerce where she is the Chair of the Law and Banking Committee; Brooklyn Real Estate Board where she is a Board of Director; National Tristate Diversity Council; New York Chinese American Bankers Association; Asian Finance Society.

When Margaret is not practicing law, she is passionate about golf. She is a member of the United States Golf Association. She is a Certified Level One Volunteer Golf Coach with the First Tee Program of Raritan Valley in New Jersey. Margaret has been active with the First Tee since 2009. 

Margaret has been an active PGA Tour; LPGA and PGA of America Volunteer since 2008.

From 2008 to 2016, Margaret was   the PGA Pro Am Chairman for the PGA Barclays Fed Ex Cup Golf Tournament. From 2016 to date, Margaret has been the PGA Special Events Chairman for the Northern Trust Golf Tournament and is in charge of the Pro Am Tournament; Special Events and Honorary Observers. Margaret has also volunteered  in 2016 for the Hospitality Committees at the PGA Championships at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey and the Cadillac World Golf Championships at Trump National Golf Club, Doral, Florida. In 2017, Margaret was honored to be the Chair of the Honorary Observers Committee at the President’s Cup at Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey. 

Margaret is also involved with the LPGA and since 2012, has been a member of the Pro Am Committee for the LPGA Shoprite Acer Classic at Seaview Resort in Galloway, New Jersey.


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.


William Hao
Alston & Bird

William Hao is counsel in Alston & Bird’s Financial Restructuring & Reorganization Group. William is experienced in a wide range of bankruptcy, litigation, and out-of-court restructuring matters. He represents secured creditors, hedge funds, trade creditors, lessors and lessees, and other parties-in-interest in distressed situations and in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings such as avoidance actions, claims litigation, and the assumption and rejection of contracts and leases. William also has extensive experience representing parties in securitizations and other structured finance products in distressed situations and in commercial litigation. William regularly advises clients on bankruptcy issues in connection with finance and M&A transactions.

William is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, New York City Bar Association, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. William is also a co-chair of the Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of New York.



Christopher S. Bae
Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Christopher Bae is an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. As a line assistant in a felony trial bureau – Kew Gardens II – he is responsible for the vertical prosecution of a variety of felony matters including attempted murders, robberies, burglaries, and grand larcenies. Prior to his current assignment, Christopher worked in the Appeals Bureau where he focused on substantive and procedural issues raised in both Queens Supreme Court as well as in the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. He conducted legal research, drafted persuasive motions and briefs, and argued matters on appeal. Prior to his appellate work, Christopher maintained and prosecuted a caseload of two-hundred misdemeanor cases. He managed all phases of litigation including investigating and bringing formal charges against a defendant, handling arraignments, interviewing witnesses, presenting evidence at evidentiary hearings, arguing pre-trial motions, and taking both bench and jury trials to verdict.

Christopher co-chairs AABANY’s Membership Committee. He also serves on the board of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY) as the Vice President of Communications. Christopher received his J.D. from CUNY School of Law, where he was a member of the CUNY Law Review and Moot Court, and received his B.A. from SUNY Binghamton.


Membership Director
Beatrice Leong
Kleyman Law Firm

Beatrice is an Associate Attorney at Kleyman Law Firm, a firm that specializes in Matrimonial and Family Law. She has practiced exclusively in the field of divorce and family law since her admittance to the New York State bar
She received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and her bachelors from SUNY Binghamton, where she doubled majored in English Literature & Rhetoric and Asian & Asian American Studies. At UConn Law, she was a volunteer at the local Family Court, helping low income persons obtain pro se divorces, requests for child support and other family matters. She was also elected as President of two student clubs, the UConn Law chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Society.

Beatrice is an active member of AABANY and frequently volunteers at pro bono events. She previously served as a Co-Chair for the GSPI Committee for three years. She was named the "Member of the Year" by AABANY for fiscal year 2019-2020 for her work as Membership Director.



Executive Director

Yang Chen

Email: yang.chen @

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

Jasmine Ball

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jasmine Ball is a corporate partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and member of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Workouts Group. Ms. Ball regularly represents debtors, investors, creditors and other parties in distressed mergers & acquisitions, workouts, debt and equity financing and refinancing, complex restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Ms. Ball is recognized by The Legal 500 US (2014–2018), where she is praised for her “strong management skills and critical thinking” and noted as “particularly good” and “thoughtful and smart.” She is listed as a Notable Practitioner for Restructuring and Insolvency by IFLR 1000 (2018). Ms. Ball was among the winners of Turnaround Management Association’s 2018 “International Restructuring of the Year”, Global M&A Network’s “Turnaround Atlas Awards 2018 Corporate Turnaround of the Year” and M&A Advisor’s 2017 “Restructuring Deal of the Year ($1B to $5B)” for her role as aircraft counsel to CHC Group in its successful Chapter 11 proceedings as well as Turnaround Management Association’s 2016 “Transaction of the Year: Large Company Award” for her role in advising Altegrity in its Chapter 11 proceedings and successful restructuring of more than $1.8 billion in funded indebtedness.

Ms. Ball was also a recipient of Turnaround Management Association’s 2014 “Transaction of the Year: Mega Company Award” for her role in advising American Airlines and AMR, as special aircraft counsel, in their highly successful Chapter 11 proceedings. Ms. Ball has been named a 2015 recipient of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” awards and recognized as an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” (2013) by Turnarounds & Workouts.

Ms. Ball has authored or co-authored articles on many bankruptcy-related topics and is a frequent speaker on industry panels. She is an author of the Collier Business Workout Guide (Matthew Bender, 2018) and a contributing author to the Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries (Matthew Bender, 2016). Ms. Ball has presented at the International Air Transport Association, Airline Economics’ Aviation and Finance Leasing School, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the American College of Investment Counsel, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, among others.

Ms. Ball is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Ball is Co-Chair of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) New York Chapter and serves on the Advisory Board of Practical Law Bankruptcy. She is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association and on the TMA New York Academic Relations Committee, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is active in various Asian legal associations, including Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Asian American Bar Association activities.

Ms. Ball received her B.S. from Princeton University and her J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she was an executive editor of the Journal of International Law.


Dai Wai Chin Feman
Parabellum Capital LLC

Dai Wai Chin Feman is a director at Parabellum Capital, 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 a Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and formerly served as Secretary and Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee.

Una A. Dean


Una A. Dean is Associate General Counsel in IBM’s Investigations and Regulatory Group. Formerly, she was a partner in Fried Frank’s Cybersecurity and White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practices and a former federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York.

During her time as an AUSA, Ms. Dean served as the first Cyber Specialist and as a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator (CHIP). She was also the recipient of the Director’s Award for Superior Performance and the Federal Drug Agents Foundation’s True American Hero award. In private practice, Ms. Dean was named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2019 list of Notable Women in Law and also profiled among in Global Investigations Review’s 2018 Women in Investigations. She was recently selected as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters for its Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law program.

Ms. Dean is also a lecturer and at UCLA’s Global Cyber Institute and a Program Mentor at NYU Law’s Executive Masters of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy. Ms. Dean serves as a board member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the Capital Appeals Project and the Promise of Justice Initiative.

Ms. Dean served as a law clerk for the Honorable William J. Martini in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 2005-2006. She received her JD from University of Michigan Law School in 2004 where she served as a Contributing Editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1998.


Suzanne Kim
Rutgers University School of Law

Suzanne A. Kim is Professor of Law at Rutgers University Law School. She has served on 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. Professor Kim is an elected fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the executive committees of various sections of the Association of American Law Schools. She is on the Board of Advisors of the nonprofit organization Unchained at Last and 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.



Edward Y. Kim
Krieger Kim & Lewin LLP

Ed Kim, co-founder of the firm, represents multinational companies and individuals in cross-border disputes, criminal and regulatory enforcement actions, and investigations.  

Ed’s cases have included complex civil disputes as well as criminal matters involving allegations of securities and financial frauds, antitrust violations, cryptocurrency fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations.

Ed is an accomplished trial lawyer and has personally tried a dozen federal cases and supervised over a dozen more, including numerous high-profile FCPA, fraud, and national security cases. Ed also has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Ed co-founded the firm after serving for nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was an Assistant United States Attorney and supervisor of two units in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

Ed has significant experience handling matters involving international enforcement agencies 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).

During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Ed was appointed to lead two units within the Southern District’s Criminal Division.

Ed served as a Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, where he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of sophisticated financial frauds, cybercrimes and cryptocurrency frauds, money laundering, FCPA violations, criminal tax offenses, and healthcare fraud. Ed supervised the prosecutions of offshore financial institutions and international bank employees for tax offenses; the investigation of fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs); the indictment of Chinese nationals for obtaining and trading on confidential information obtained through breaching the servers of international law firms; the prosecution of a multi-million dollar fraud and kickback scheme committed by an executive at a publicly traded pharmaceutical manufacture and the Chief Executive Officer of a specialty mail-order pharmacy company; the prosecution and trial of one of the largest healthcare frauds committed under No-Fault insurance laws; and significant FCPA matters, including two of the Department of Justice’s largest criminal corporate bribery and corruption resolutions.

Ed also served as a Chief of the General Crimes Unit, where he trained and supervised dozens of the Southern District’s newest prosecutors.

Ed also was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, where he handled significant securities matters, including the prosecutions of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company for accounting fraud and market manipulation; an international bank executive for insider trading through the use of foreign investment products; a bank executive and a finance analyst at a pharmaceutical company for participating in an insider trading conspiracy; and investment advisors for market manipulation, securities fraud, and investment advisor fraud. Ed also prosecuted a variety of other crimes, including money laundering, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, and national security offenses.

Ed was a two-time recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Justice Department’s second-highest honor. He also received the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award and was named a prosecutor of the year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ed practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP. 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.

Ed received his J.D., cum laude, at Harvard Law School.  He is admitted in New York, the U.S. District Court, SDNYl, U.S. District Court, EDNY, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Chris Kwok

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 and arbitrator with JAMS, specializing in Labor & Employment law. 

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.

Naf received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011, and her B.A. in Philosophy, with distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003.  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. Prior to law school, she founded a tutoring and education consulting business.

Naf has been an active member of AABANY since 2011.  She has co-chaired the Vetting Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee (2016-2018), the Newsletter Committee (2012-2018), and the Women’s Committee (2013-2015).  She has also served as VP of Programs and Operations (2016-2018); Treasurer (2015-2016); Recording Secretary (2014-2015); and Editor-in-Chief of AABANY's quarterly newsletter, The Advocate (2014-2018).  In addition, Naf serves as Secretary of the Asian American Law Fund of New York.

Edward Lee
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Edward J. Lee is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Ed’s practice focuses on both friendly and hostile mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and complex capital markets transactions. He also frequently advises companies and their boards of directors on takeover defense and shareholder activism situations.  He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across many industries, including aerospace, technology and digital, pharmaceutical, automotive, telecom, industrial, media and advertising, energy, private equity, and financial institutions.


Ed received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


In each of 2015-2018, Ed has been named a “Rising Star” by Expert Guides in the Corporate / M&A category.  IFLR1000 has recognized Ed as a leading lawyer and as “highly regarded” within the M&A practice. Recently, Ed was one of only six mergers and acquisitions lawyers recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars under 40.  Ed is a frequent speaker on M&A and shareholder activism, including co-chairing PLI’s Shareholder Activism conference in 2018.

Ed is actively involved in city and national civic and professional organizations.  He is a David Rockefeller Fellow, Class of 2017-2018, and a member of the Legal Advisory Group for the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council.  Ed is also currently a member of the Council of Korean Americans, and a member of the Leadership Advisory Council of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.  Ed serves on the Board of Directors of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology Alumni Association.


Ed lives in Manhattan with his wife, son and daughter.


Marianne Chow-Newman
Hearst Corporation

Marianne Chow Newman joined The Hearst Corporation in 2014, where she is a Counsel in the international corporate team in the Office of General Counsel.   She is based in New York and is one of the lead advisors to Hearst’s magazine licensing and brand development businesses in over 25 countries and helps oversee all contractual, intellectual property and other corporate legal matters relating to Hearst’s joint venture businesses in Germany, Spain, Russia and South Africa.  Marianne has also worked on international and domestic M&A transactions, and is the lead counsel and acting secretary for Hearst’s aviation data business. Prior to joining Hearst, Marianne was a senior 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 and earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University in 2003 where she majored in International Relations and minored in Japanese.  Outside of work, Marianne currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), one of the co-founders of AABANY Leadership Development Program, the Chief Administrative and Regulatory Officer of the non-profit organization Don H. Liu Scholars Program, Inc., and a member of the NAPABA Steering Committee for the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy.



Won Shin
United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

Won S. Shin is an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he serves as Chief of Appeals of the Criminal Division. In that role, Mr. Shin oversees briefing and argument in criminal appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and advises other prosecutors on legal issues arising in their investigations and prosecutions. He was previously a member of the office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit and is a recipient of the FinCEN Director’s Law Enforcement Award for Cyber Threats.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Shin was an Assistant Solicitor General at the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he briefed and argued appeals on behalf of the state in the Second Circuit and New York state appellate courts. Before entering public service, he was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Mr. Shin received his A.B., magna cum laude, in biochemical sciences from Harvard College, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, he worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Shin has taught legal writing at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and has been active in its Judiciary Committee and Prosecutors Committee. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Council’s Inn of Court and the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.


Kazuko Wachter

Prism Financial Products

Kazuko Wachter is Chief Legal and Strategy Officer of Prism Financial Products, a hybrid securities brokerage and fintech firm based in London and New York.   Kazuko manages global legal matters, as well as fintech strategy and growth initiatives for the firm.  Prior to joining Prism, Kazuko was the Legal Division Head of the Content Solutions Division at Moody’s Analytics, the fintech arm of Moody's Corporation.  At Moody’s Analytics, Kazuko led execution of strategic IP licensing deals and partnerships with 3rd parties, as well as joint product development deals (data, software, SaaS, API), managed growth initiatives for the firm, such as M&A and joint ventures, and was the chief lawyer responsible for product and client-related matters for the division.  She also won the Blake Award at Moody’s Analytics in 2014, which is given to the top deal negotiating attorney, as voted by the global sales management.  Prior to Moody’s Analytics, she was a lawyer for the law firm Arnold & Porter LLP, where she specialized in corporate/securities and transactional intellectual property law, and represented both public and private companies.  

Kazuko served as the Co-Chair of the Moody's Asian Leadership Initiative (ALI) from 2017-2019.  As Co-Chair, Kazuko led numerous professional development programs for the advancement and retention of Asian and Pacific American talent, including the launch of the first ever mentoring program for Asian employees at Moody's.  Kazuko was also actively involved in Women and Asian employee resource groups during her time at Arnold & Porter.  Her advocacy for Asian and Pacific American advancement go back to her days as an undergraduate student at University of Pennsylvania, where she was nominated by the school to be the first class of students selected for the launch of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative, a leadership training program for Asian and Pacific American students. 

She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Temple University, where she was also a member of the Political and Civil Rights Law Review. 

Andy Yoo
Savvas Learning Company

Andy Yoo is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Savvas Learning Company, a leading provider of educational materials and services into schools. 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 Diversity and Inclusion.  In order to increase diversity in the legal profession, he serves on the Board of the Pipeline to Practice Foundation and  Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and is active with Diversity Lab.

Prior to Savvas, he was associated with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and  in-house at Viacom and Pearson PLC.  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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