Mike F. Huang is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. His main practice areas include commercial lending, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, financial derivatives and private investment funds. Mr. Huang has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, having represented clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions and restructurings in Latin America, Asia and Europe. He is currently the co-chair of the Membership Committee and the Corporate Law Committee.
Clara J. Ohr is an Assistant General Counsel – Trading at Hess Corporation in New York, NY where she supports the supply and trading of energy commodities (physical crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas, and electric power) including related financial and equity derivatives, foreign exchange, and interest rate swaps. Clara also has extensive experience in renewable and traditional energy project finance, emerging-market export and trade finance, foreign restructurings, general corporate law, asset-backed securitizations, and municipal finance. Prior to joining Hess Corporation, Clara served as Counsel at Axiom in New York, NY supporting the Energy Commodities Group at Deutsche Bank AG, an Associate in the Project Finance Group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York, NY, Transactional Counsel at the Export-Import Bank of the United States in Washington, DC, and an Associate in the Finance Group of Kutak Rock LLP in Omaha, NE.
Clara has also served AABANY as Treasurer, Director, Co-Chair of the In-House Counsel Corporate Counsel Committee, and Annual Dinner Committee. Outside of the office, Clara is a soprano in The Choral Society of Grace Church, a pianist, road cyclist, and an avid fan of Nebraska Cornhuskers football.
Clara received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, which included an exchange program in comparative international law at Uppsala University in Sweden. She also holds a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelors of Arts in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.
Immediate Past President
Jean Lee is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Before that she was an associate at Milberg LLP. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. degree in Politics and Psychology and a M.S.W. in Social Work. Ms. Lee received her J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law. At Milberg Ms. Lee practiced in the areas of securities class action and false claims litigation. Prior to joining Milberg, Ms. Lee worked as an associate at a New York law firm concentrating in the area of securities fraud and antitrust litigation. Prior to private practice, Ms. Lee was the law clerk to the Honorable John J. Hughes, United States Magistrate Judge (retired), in the District of New Jersey. During law school, Ms. Lee was a Senior Editor of the Rutgers Law Record.
Ms. Lee has been a member of AABANY since 2008. She served as Co-Chair of the Women's Committee in 2009 and joined the Board in 2010. Ms. Lee provides pro bono legal services to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, MFY Legal Services and the New York City Corporation Counsel. She is also a member of the New York City Bar's Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award Selection Committee.
Vice President, Programs and Operations
James is a partner in the litigation department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has regularly handled and tried a diverse range of matters, including complex contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation and business tort cases, products liability and toxic tort defense, and several actions defending servicers of commercial mortgage loans involving multi-level debt structures. He has also defended several class action lawsuits, including wage and hour class and collective actions, and is experienced in handling multi-district litigations. James has particular expertise on trade secret protection, computer fraud and non-compete agreements. He has both obtained and fought restraining orders and injunctions against former employees and competitors for alleged theft of confidential information and/or breach of restrictive covenants on behalf of clients involved in a broad spectrum of industries, including product sales and services, medical devices, fashion and retail, software development, and the staffing industry. James has served as an AABANY director between 2010 through 2012 and is a former co-chair of AABANY’s Litigation Committee. He is also actively involved in pro bono work for the Asian-Pacific American community in New York, as well as clients referred by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Lawyers Alliance for New York. From 2000 to 2001, James also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ariel A. Rodriguez of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
Vice President, Finance and Development
William Wang is a partner at Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP. He is a commercial litigator who handles a diverse range of matters including complex contract disputes, business torts, and collections issues for a variety of clients that include financial institutions, commercial retail chains, small businesses, and individual clients. In 2005-2006, he clerked for Chief Judge Edward R. Korman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. William is formerly associated with the law firms of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and Bryan Cave LLP. At Patterson Belknap, William represented large institutions in securities, antitrust and intellectual property litigation. William obtained his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, magna cum laude, in 2003. At Brooklyn, he was an editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Society. In 2000, he obtained his B.A. from Binghamton University (SUNY) with honors.
William is an executive officer of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), serving as Vice President, Finance and Development. William also co-chairs the Communications Committee and is the former co-chair of the Litigation Committee. He serves as an Executive Editor of the AABANY Advocate, the bar association's quarterly newsletter. William is also actively involved in community and volunteer activities. He is currently the Chairman of the Dynasty Project, a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes athletics in underprivileged and Asian American communities. William is the former President of Project by Project (NY, 2009), a national non-profit organization. William volunteers for Apex for Youth, coaching basketball for 4th to 6th grade students at PS1 in the Lower East Side.
Jane is a partner at Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP. She advises small and medium-sized businesses on copyright, trademark and media law issues, and commercial disputes. Previously, Jane was a founding partner of Yim & Chuang LLP, and was formerly associated with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Anne E. Thompson in the District of New Jersey from 2005 to 2006. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Columbia College, Columbia University (2001). She received her J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law (2005), where she served as a Notes and Articles Editor of the Fordham Law Review. Jane is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.
Karen Kim is an associate at Menaker & Herrmann LLP. She receive her B.A. with Honors in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and real estate. During law school she worked as an intern with Magistrate Judge Michael H. Dolinger of the United States District Court (S.D.N.Y.), the Division of Enforcement at the New York Stock Exchange, the ASPCA, Lee Anav Chung LLP and JCDecaux North America. Before law school, Karen worked in consulting and in the publishing industry. She also studied at Seoul National University and worked at Bae, Kim & Lee during her two years in South Korea. She is fluent in Korean. Karen is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars.
Karen is Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee and the Communications Committee. She is also Treasurer of the Korean American Lawyer's Association of Greater New York and a member of the International Association of Korean Lawyers.
Judy H. Kim is an associate counsel in the Bureau & Estates Litigation Section of the Legal Division at the New York Liquidation Bureau. The Bureau is a unique 100 year old quasi-state agency that assists the Superintendent of Financial Services of the State of New York in his capacity as receiver of insolvent insurance companies. She has been with the Bureau since 2008. During that time, she has been involved in all aspects of litigation involving the Superintendent and the estates in his receivership. From December 2010 through June 2011, Ms. Kim was interim Section Chief of the Bureau & Estates Litigation Section. Prior to joining the Bureau, Ms. Kim worked at Snitow Kanfer Holtzer & Millus, LLP as an attorney focusing on commercial litigation, employment discrimination litigation, and matrimonial litigation matters. Ms. Kim began her legal career at Kennedy Lillis Schmidt & English, a boutique maritime law firm. Ms. Kim received her J.D. from Tulane Law School, and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Judy has been a member of AABANY since 2000 and has served in numerous capacities on the Board, including immediate past Membership Secretary from 2012 to 2013 and Treasurer from 2002 through 2005. Judy also served as Co-Chair of AABANY's Student Outreach Committee from 2006 through 2008.
She is a Regional Governor and Board Member of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Secretary of the Korean American Lawyer’s Association of Greater New York, and a Steering Committee Member of the Korean American League for Civic Action. Ms. Kim is also a member of the Diversity Committee at The Spence School and a member of the Leadership Committee at the Young Survival Coalition.
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.
Francis H. Chin is a senior administrator at Brooklyn Law School, focusing on information technology. As a chair of the Professional Development Committee, Mr. Chin coordinates AABANY's continuing legal education program; he has previously served as membership secretary as well as recording secretary for AABANY. He has been involved with the Hon. Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition in various capacities since 1996, including hosting, judging and problem writing. Mr. Chin has joined in the writing, performing, and stage managing of Asian Pacific American historical trial reenactments held yearly since 2006 led by federal appellate judge Hon. Denny Chin. In 2010, Mr. Chin received AABANY's MVP Award for outstanding member contribution. Among other activities, Mr. Chin also serves on the board of directors for the NYU Alumni Association.
While attending Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Chin co-authored the McGraw-Hill computer manual HTML Publishing on the Internet. After graduation, he was of counsel to Llorens and Meneses in New Jersey, where he practiced residential real estate, business formation, and immigration, and then was technology counsel at Netmatrix (now Epiq), an e-discovery and knowledge management firm in New York. Mr. Chin holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from New York University, a law degree 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 in New York and New Jersey.
James P. Chou is a senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, focusing on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation for private equity funds, hedge funds, major financial institutions, multinational corporations. Mr. Chou regularly advises and represents leading investment fund clients and their portfolio companies in managing and assessing their litigation risks with regard to their investments and related transactions, and in proceedings before various courts and tribunals.
Mr. Chou’s recent representations include defending the claims agent for a former chapter 11 debtor and leading semiconductor company against a breach of contract action brought by its former overseas subsidiary, seeking $ 1 billion in rejection damages. After extensive discovery, including depositions of the subsidiary’s president and CEO, the case settled at a small fraction of the claim.
In addition to commercial litigation work, Mr. Chou also represented the New York County Democratic Committee in Lopez Torres v. New York State Board of Elections, a First Amendment associational rights case involving the constitutionality of New York’s convention system for nominating judicial candidates for the state’s Supreme Court. In connection with the case—profiled in the New York Law Journal as one of the Top Ten Cases of 2004—Mr. Chou tried a 12-day evidentiary hearing before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and participated in appeals to the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, which rendered a unanimous decision in his client’s favor in January 2008.
Mr. Chou served on the board of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) as its Northeast Regional Governor (2007-2009) and was a recipient of the 2008 NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 Award. He is also a past president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and currently co-chairs AABANY's Judicial Affairs Committee, which identifies, screens and supports judicial candidates for local, state and federal courts. He currently sits on the New York City Bar’s Council on Judicial Administration and its Federal Courts Committee.
Mr. Chou received his B.A. magna cum laude from New York University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Chou is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd circuits and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern districts of New York.
Robert W. Leung is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. His main practice areas include corporate finance, commercial lending, joint ventures, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and structured and project finance. Mr. Leung has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, particularly in Latin America, having advised clients on significant cross-border strategic and financing transactions.
Recent transactions for which Mr. Leung has been primarily responsible include: representing borrowers and lenders in secured and unsecured financings; representing companies in joint venture negotiations; representing purchasers and sellers in M&A transactions; representing project companies with multiple sponsors in multi-source emerging market project financings in the oil and gas and mining industries; representing project companies in greenfield power projects; representing private investment funds in a broad range of transactions; and advising major corporations on general corporate matters, including in particular corporate governance matters and contract interpretation issues.
Mr. Leung has served on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) from 2006 to present. Mr. Leung served as President of AABANY in 2010.
Karen Lim is an associate at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C., an intellectual property law firm that specializes in trademark, copyright, and design patent matters. Her practice focuses on U.S. and international trademark counseling, searching, filing and maintenance; trademark policing and enforcement; and the preparation of agreements and licenses pertaining to intellectual property.
Before joining Fross, Karen was an associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and at White & Case LLP, clerked for the Hon. Harold Baer in the Southern District of New York, and designed costumes for theatre and opera. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Notes and Articles editor of the Fordham Law Review.
Karen is Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and Chair of the Subcommittee for Women of Color, Women in the Profession Committee, New York City Bar.
Mr. Lin graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. While attending Hofstra University’s School of Law, he was a member of the Moot Court Board, the Labor Law Journal, and The Environmental Law Digest. He also founded Hofstra University’s chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Since 1989 Mr. Lin has been an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s office and has prosecuted homicides since 1999. During his career there he has been twice appointed a Criminal Court Supervisor of first and second year prosecutors and has been designated a Domestic Violence Coordinator. He was a member of that office’s Asian Gang Unit. In 2008 he helped form AABANY’s Prosecutors’ Committee and Co-Chaired it for four years. In 2011 he was elected to AABANY’s Board of Directors and re-elected in 2013. Mr. Lin has been a member of the New York State Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure since March 2010. The committee recommends legislative proposals concerning criminal law and procedure to the Chief Administrative Judge of New York State. To date, Mr. Lin’s toughest “assignment” may very well be his leadership of his son’s Cub Scout Den.
Linda S. Lin is Senior Counsel at Liberty International Underwriters (“LIU”), a division of Liberty Mutual Group. Linda supports LIU and its businesses with respect to securities and employment matters. Prior to joining LIU, she was a litigation associate at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she specialized in securities litigation, white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation. She also served as law clerk to the Hon. Dora L. Irizarry, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Linda received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law with honors from Binghamton University and her Juris Doctorate cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
She has been an active member and leader in AABANY since 2005, serving as President in 2011, Director from 2007-2009, and Executive Recording Secretary from 2006-2007. Linda has also chaired and co-chaired a number of AABANY’s committees including the Young Lawyers, Litigation, Nominations, Communications, Academic and Annual Dinner committees. Linda is the founder and director of the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program and also founded the AABANY Advocate. She is currently the co editor-in-chief of the AABANY Law Review.
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 $7.5 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.
William H. Ng is an Associate at Littler Mendelson, the largest U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in employment and labor law matters. Mr. Ng represents and advises private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has appeared before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in single plaintiff and collective action cases to defend claims involving discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour violations. Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, William spent more than five and a half years as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Labor & Employment Law and Tort Divisions of the New York City Law Department.
Mr. Ng has been an active member of AABANY since 2008. He currently serves as a member of AABANY’s Board of Directors and co-chairs the Communications Committee. He previously served as AABANY’s Recording Secretary and co-chair of the Student Outreach, Government & Public Sector and Young Lawyers’ Committees. Mr. Ng is currently a Director of the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP), which places law students in judicial internships with judges in both state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Ng is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton (B.A., cum laude, 2004) and St. John’s University School of Law (J.D., 2007). He is admitted into practice in the State of New York, State of New Jersey, and the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal
Teena Sankoorikal is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Ms. Sankoorikal has a broad litigation practice, with particular experience in copyright, patent, and trade secret and antitrust matters, as well as experience with securities, Alien Tort Statute issues and internal investigations. Ms. Sankoorikal co-authored Intellectual Property Law Answer Book 2011-12, published by the Practising Law Institute. In 2013, Ms. Sankoorikal was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). In 2012, she received the “Best Lawyers Under 40” award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for her outstanding professional achievements and dedication to the Asian Pacific American community. Since 2007, Ms. Sankoorikal has been a partner liaison to the firm's Asian/Pacific Islander Associate Affinity Group. She has also participated on various panels, including those focused on issues relating to women and Asian Americans. Ms. Sankoorikal received a B.S. in Chemistry cum laude from Yale University in 1996 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, where she was the Research Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She joined Cravath in 1999 and became a partner in 2007.
Dev Sen is a partner in O'Melveny & Myers LLP, based in its New York office. He works primarily in the areas of US and international project finance transactions, investment fund and private equity matters, and US and international capital markets matters. Mr. Sen has represented project lenders as well as project sponsors and project companies in all aspects of project financing transactions. Mr. Sen has been the lead lawyer on numerous onshore and offshore securities offerings by US and international issuers. He has acted on behalf of issuers, underwriters, initial purchasers and private placement investors with respect to various types of securities and has advised them on numerous securities law issues. Mr. Sen has substantial experience in private equity, investment fund and investment management matters. Mr. Sen has also had principal roles in various banking matters, including secured and unsecured loan transactions. He has advised on international joint ventures, mezzanine financing transactions and general corporate matters. Mr. Sen was ranked as one of the 10 "Most Highly Rated Project Finance Lawyers" by Project Finance magazine in its 2005/2006 Legal Advisers Review. He was also selected "The Best of 2004", "The Best of 2006", "The Best of 2008" and "The Best of 2009" of the world’s leading project finance lawyers (Euromoney Experts Guide ). Mr. Sen was recognized as a "leading lawyer" in Project Finance in the 2008 edition of IFLR 1000.
Vinoo P. Varghese
Vinoo Varghese is the principal attorney at Varghese & Associates, P.C., a criminal and asset forfeiture defense firm he founded in 2006. Vinoo has tried almost 30 criminal cases to verdict and written over a dozen appeals. In February 2013, he was featured in Exploring the White Collar Crime Landscape, a New York Law Journal video webinar. In February 2012, Vinoo wrote one of three amicus briefs urging a reversal in United States v. Raj Rajaratnam, the largest insider trading case in American history. In November 2012, he was named one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Vinoo has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the New York Law Journal.
In 2000, Vinoo began his career as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. In 2005, D.A. Charles Hynes named him a Senior Assistant District Attorney and appointed him to run a specialized unit that prosecuted attempted murders of NYPD officers. Vinoo graduated from Brooklyn Law School, New York University, and Chaminade High School.