Board of Directors 2017-2018

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

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President: Ben H. Huh is an attorney in the intellectual property litigation group at Sidley Austin LLP. Ben’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation matters. Ben has worked with technologies in multiple areas, including medical devices, consumer electronics, biologics, and alternative energy. Prior to Sidley, 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 has also served as the VP for Membership and Treasurer of APABA-DC, a Director of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, and Co-Chair of the Volunteers Committee for the 2012 NAPABA Convention.  Ben earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was an editor for the Maryland Law Review.  He received his B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. president@apaba-dc.org


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President-Elect: Mark T. Uyeda is an attorney with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.  He is currently on detail to the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a policy advisor.  Prior to Treasury, he was senior advisor to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar.  He previously served as chair of the SEC's Asian Pacific American Committee.  Before joining the SEC, Mark was appointed as chief advisor to the California Corporations Commissioner by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Mark was in private practice with O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP in Washington, D.C.  Mark earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from Duke University.  Mark previously served as vice president and board member for the Japanese American Bar Association. president-elect@apaba-dc.org

Joanne Chan

Immediate Past 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. past-president@apaba-dc.org

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. communications@apaba-dc.org

 

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Vice President for Community Affairs:  Helen Lee is a counsel in the Financial Institutions Advisory (FIA) Practice Group of White & Case LLP based in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. She advises U.S. and non-U.S. banking organizations as well as nonbank financial services providers on regulatory and transactional matters arising under the U.S. financial services laws.  Helen is also an Adjunct Professor at her alma mater, The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. She teaches a class on banking law that covers the topic of bank regulation and aims to provide students with substantive knowledge of banking law as well as practical know-how regarding the day-to-day activities and responsibilities of, as well as challenges faced by, legal advisors to banking institutions. community@apaba-dc.org

 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. education@apaba-dc.org

 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. membership@apaba-dc.org


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. programs@apaba-dc.org

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Secretary:  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. secretary@apaba-dc.org

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Treasurer:  Lisa Man is an Assistant State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland, where she is a member of the Strategic Investigations Unit. Prior to joining the State's Attorney's Office, she clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Nalley in Charles County, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor at Pace University School of Law. She is a native of Montreal, Canada. treasurer@apaba-dc.org 

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Nominations: Kakoli Caprihan is an Associate Solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). In her role, Kakoli defends decisions of the USPTO in cases before the district courts and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Kakoli also represents the USPTO in interagency deliberations on important intellectual property cases, including cases before the Supreme Court. Before joining the Solicitor’s Office, Kakoli worked in private practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP. Kakoli received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico and her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Kakoli previously served as Awards Committee Co-Chair and has served on APABA-DC’s Nominations Committee since 2015. nominations@apaba-dc.org

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Nominations: Arun Rao serves as Chief of the Southern Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. He earned a B.A. with high honors from the University of Virginia in 1998, majoring in Government and Foreign Affairs. Rao received his J.D. in 2001 from New York University School of Law, where he was on the moot court board. After law school, Rao worked for one year as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, New York. He then clerked in Memphis, Tennessee for Judge Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2002 to 2003. After completing his clerkship, Rao returned to New York and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney's Office for four years. He then joined the U.S. Department of Justice and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee (Memphis) for three years before he transferred to Maryland in 2010. Rao also served as a Deputy Associate Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel from 2012 to 2013. nominations@apaba-dc.org

 

Board of Directors Members

 

Assistant Vice President for Communications: Becky Hsu is a a contract attorney with a professional medical background. She previously worked at the Department of Health and Human Services, in the Departmental Appeals Board, and clerked with a Superior Court judge in New Jersey. Prior to her legal career, Becky went to medical school and passed Boards, as well as led two medical research investigations and co-authored two medical research papers. She graduated from Seton Hall Law School with an IP Concentration, and is barred in New York, New Jersey, and before the USPTO. Becky is an avid outdoor rock climber and has climbed some of the tallest peaks on the East Coast. communications@apaba-dc.org

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Assistant Vice President for Community Affairs: Anjum Unwala is a law clerk at Hogan Lovells. Anjum’s practice is focused on white-collar defense, government defense, complex civil litigation, and pro bono matters. She regularly counsels clients who are under investigation by various federal and state regulatory agencies for fraud, bribery, and regulatory violations. Anjum is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and earned her B.S. in Finance and International Business from New York University. She is admitted to practice in New York. community@apaba-dc.org


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Assistant Vice President for Education:  Lloyd Liu is an attorney at Coburn & Greenbaum, PLLC.  Lloyd’s practice is focused on white-collar defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation. He regularly counsels clients under investigation for fraud, bribery, or regulatory violations. He has represented clients in federal court charged with tax offenses, antitrust violations, and other federal crimes. He also has advised clients involved in congressional investigations and inquiries. His civil practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in contract, business, and other disputes before both state and federal courts and before various government agencies. Lloyd received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. in Economics and English from Boston College. education@apaba-dc.org

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Assistant Vice President for Membership:  Jessica Lee is an associate in the Real Estate group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  She advises clients in complex commercial transactions, from public-private partnerships to multi-million dollar construction financings, and she also regularly assists clients on the acquisition, development and leasing for a wide variety of projects.  Prior to joining law school, Jessica taught middle school as a Teach for America NY Corps. Member.  She received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. membership@apaba-dc.org


 

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Assistant Vice President for Programs:  Emma T. Chen is an associate at McDermott Will & Emery. She has specific experience in employment litigation, including defending companies against claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other related federal and state statutes. Emma also has experience in all areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution including contract disputes, international arbitration, and international contract actions. She began her practice at firm in Detroit, MI. Emma has served as President of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MAPABA) and President of American Citizens for Justice (ACJ), an Asian American civil rights organization. Emma received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  programs@apaba-dc.org