Board of Directors 2016-2017

APABA-DC is governed by a Board of Directors composed of
10 officers elected by the active membership and 26 attorneys appointed into
non-voting positions by the President and confirmed by the elected officers.


President and Elected Officers

Joanne Chan

President: Joanne Chan is Corporate Counsel for Regulatory & Compliance at United Therapeutics Corporation (UT), a biotechnology company based in Silver Spring, MD.  Before joining UT, Joanne was an associate at King & Spalding LLP. She has served as APABA-DC's Vice President for Education, as President of the APABA-DC Educational Fund (AEF), and as a board member of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC).  Joanne received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service.

benjamin huh 

President-Elect: Ben Huh is an attorney in the intellectual property litigation group at Sidley Austin LLP. Ben’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation matters before the International Trade Commission, U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Ben has worked with technologies in multiple areas, including medical devices, consumer electronics, media storage, and alternative energy. Prior to Sidley Austin LLP, Ben served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and worked as an intellectual property litigation attorney at two other international law firms.  Ben currently serves on the D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Section’s Steering Committee.  He has also served as the Vice President for Membership and Treasurer of APABA-DC, a Director of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF), and Co-Chair of the Volunteers Committee for the 2012 NAPABA Convention.  Ben received his B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.


Immediate Past President:  Jed Wulfekotte is a litigation partner at Stein Mitchell Muse Cipollone & Beato LLP.  He has a national practice specializing in a wide variety of complex government enforcement and litigation matters related to violations of the False Claims Act and allegations of pharmaceutical, healthcare, and government contractor fraud. Jed also has served as President of the APABA-DC Educational Fund (AEF), a nonprofit organization established by APABA-DC to grant public interest fellowships to law students and engage in educational activities related to the legal profession and the Asian Pacific American community. Jed graduated from the American University Washington College of Law, where he served as an articles editor for the Administrative Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, competed on the mock trial team, and was a Dean’s Fellow in whistleblower and administrative law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College.

Lian Huang 

Vice President for Communications: Lian Huang is an associate at Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC, where she practices patent law.  Her focus is in patent prosecution in the telecommunications, electrical, and mechanical arts.  She is a former Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Lian received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and her B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


Vice President for Community Affairs:  Marita Etcubanez is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC.  In this role, she manages varied projects including supporting naturalization efforts in the DC metropolitan area and working with Advancing Justice | AAJC’s Community Partners to produce demographic reports on Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. Prior to joining Advancing Justice | AAJC, Marita was director of legal services for the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center in Washington, DC. Her 10 years of experience providing legal assistance to low-income communities includes advocating on behalf of migrant and seasonal farm workers with Texas Rural Legal Aid, as well as working with labor pool workers as part of the Homeless Persons Representation Project in Baltimore. In 2012, Marita was recognized as one of NAPABA’s Best Lawyers Under 40. Marita holds a law degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

 Jayna Marie Rust

Vice President for Education:  Jayna Marie Rust is an associate attorney at Thompson Coburn LLP who advises companies, individuals, and transportation authorities throughout the various stages of the contracting process and litigation.  In particular, she works with her fellow attorneys and clients in recovering money owed under Federal contracts, protesting problematic contract awards, and complying with Federal laws and regulations.  She also co-counsels clients on contract administration matters, including analyzing and negotiating subcontractor agreements; protecting proprietary and confidential information from competitors seeking information through Freedom of Information Act requests; and complying with domestic preference policies, such as the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act, the Military Cargo Preference Act, and the Civilian Cargo Preference Act.  A teacher prior to attending GW Law School, Jayna enjoys helping others learn new skills and knowledge.

 Pierce Han

Vice President for Membership:  Pierce Haesung Han is an associate in the Corporate, M&A and Securities Transactions group at Nixon Peabody LLP in Washington, DC.  Pierce’s practice involves a variety of complex business transactions including mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, international commercial transactions and federal securities laws and other financial regulatory matters.  He is Co-Chair of his firm’s Associates Council and also serves on his firm’s Asian-American Affinity Group, the Recruiting Committee and as a Summer Associate Workflow Coordinator.  He previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Membership for APABA-DC, as well as the Secretary and Board Member of the APABA-DC Educational Fund (AEF).  During law school, Pierce interned at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance.  Pierce received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.  Prior to law school, Pierce worked as a Government Affairs Director at the Financial Services Roundtable.

Scott Lee

Vice President for Programs:  Scott Lee specializes in securities, derivatives, and financial policy and regulation.  Scott is currently Special Counsel in the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight at the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  He founded the Association of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the CFTC’s first affinity group.  Prior to joining the CFTC, Scott was an associate in the Government & Internal Investigations Group at Alston & Bird.  Before joining Alston & Bird, Scott was in the Regulatory Litigation Group of the General Counsel Department at Credit Suisse.  He spent time on the Hill as Legislative Counsel to then Congresswoman Mazie Hirono.  Prior to the Hill, Scott worked for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  Scott received his LLM in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, his JD from The American University, and his BS in Public Administration from The University of Southern California.

Neville Jiang

Secretary:  Neville Jiang is a tax attorney in Crowell & Moring's Washington DC offices. Neville practices in the areas of federal tax controversy and litigation, and corporate planning. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Neville worked at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Before attending law school, Neville was a senior auditor at a Big 4 accounting firm, providing audit services to an array of industries, ranging from financial services to non-profits.  Neville received his B.S. degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Additionally, while attending law school, Neville worked in China for several months, traveling to several provinces, researching and understanding the regulatory landscape in order to help Chinese small businesses find micro-credit financing opportunities. Neville is also proficient in Mandarin Chinese and is a native of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.


Treasurer:  Connie Ng is an associate at a boutique law firm in McLean, VA, where she practices Labor & Employment Law and general civil litigation. She regularly represents management-side clients in all aspects of employment litigation as well as provide strategic counseling regarding employee hiring and termination, avoidance and resolution of employment disputes and litigation, and employee handbooks and agreements. Connie received her J.D. from University of Maryland, School of Law and her undergraduate at University of Maryland, College Park. 


Board of Directors Members


Assistant Vice President for Communications: Kelly Lu is an associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, where she practices intellectual property law. She focuses on patent litigation and prosecution, especially in medical devices, light-emitting diodes, self-balancing scooters, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Prior to joining Finnegan, she was a patent consultant for over three years, providing freedom-to-operate analyses and patent landscape analyses.  She received a B.S. degree in Bioengineering from University of California, San Diego, and a J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School.


Assistant Vice President for Community Affairs:  Aaron Jones Wong is Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at GEICO. He advises clients on a variety of matters, including insurance, intellectual property, litigation, software licensing, and employment law. Prior to joining GEICO, Aaron worked in-house at an international chauffeured transportation company. He is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law, where he was a member of the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, and earned his B.A. from Syracuse University. Aaron is admitted to practice in, and is a native of, California.