SCCLA Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

SCCLA Board Members

Board Member - Eric D. Chan

Eric is a Partner at Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, where he practices health care law. Eric represents hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and other health providers in litigation and arbitration matters. Eric received his undergraduate degree in Cybernetics with a concentration in Bioinformatics from University of California, Los Angeles, in 2003, and his law degree from Stanford in 2007. After graduation, Eric served as a law clerk to The Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Board Member - Ting He

Ting is a Vice President in the legal department of Oaktree Capital Management. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2015, Ting was the managing counsel and lead treasury attorney at Toyota Financial Services. Prior thereto, she worked in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and the New York and London offices of Clifford Chance LLP, where she focused on corporate finance matters. Ting received her LLM with distinction from London School of Economics and LLB with First Class (Honors) from Cardiff University. She is a registered in-house counsel with the State of California and is admitted as an attorney in the State of New York and as a solicitor of England & Wales.

Board Member -Nina L. Hong

Nina is a partner at the national law firm of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP.  She often plays the role of “Outside General Counsel” to business entities and advises on matters such as formation and governance of business entities, debt and equity financings, corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. Hong currently serves on the Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee of the State Bar of California. She received her B.A. from Columbia College, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Board Member - Alicia Hou

Alicia is an associate in the National Consumer Finance Litigation and Compliance Practice Group of Akerman Senterfitt LLP. Alicia received her B.A. from the University of California at Irvine and her J.D. from New York Law School. From 2008 through 2011, Alicia served as pro bono legal counsel for Project by Project, a 501(c)(3) organization serving the Asian Pacific American community in Los Angeles.

  Board Member - Ray Hsu

Ray is a solo practitioner of the Law Offices of Ray Hsu & Associates, P.C. in Alhambra with boutique practice in Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Hsu primarily represents Chinese speaking clients in Southern California with a broad range of individual and corporate clients for wage and hour law, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment. Mr. Hsu handles individuals with wage claims, retaliation claims before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner), and unemployment insurance benefits claims before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

Board Member - Sharlene D. Lee

Sharlene is a litigation and employment associate at Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC. She prosecutes and defends matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, privacy, defamation, breach of contract, breach derivative claims, and real estate disputes. Sharlene also advises and defends employers against wrongful termination and whistleblower claims. In addition to being a board member of SCCLA, she is currently President of the Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA and a member of the UCLA Alumni Association Diversity Advisory Committee. Sharlene received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Board Member - Caleb Liang

Caleb is Senior Counsel at LTL Attorneys LLP, where he specializes in employment litigation, complex litigation, and class actions. Earlier in his career, he successfully represented plaintiffs and class members in consumer and employment class/representative actions in the restaurant, food, manufacturing, telecommunications, construction, retail, and auto industries. Currently, he primarily defends employers including several Fortune 500 companies in various employment disputes. He graduated from the University of California Davis School of Law and received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Board Member - Lisa Zhao Liu

Lisa Zhao Liu is a solo practitioner at the Law Offices of Lisa Z. Liu, P.C. and specializes in criminal defense. Lisa primarily represents Chinese speaking clients of misdemeanor and felony offenses such as DUI, battery/domestic violence and drug related offenses throughout Southern California. Prior to starting her own law practice, Lisa was a Deputy District Attorney in Tulare County and Kern County for several years. Lisa received her B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.  

Board Member - John Ly

John is a partner at the law firm of Liang Ly LLP. During his career, John has litigated various disputes for a wide range of clients, including William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and the County of Los Angeles.  John is dedicated to the practice of law and his community. The two passions often intersect through his support and work for such organizations as the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. John also serves as Commissioner for the Los Angeles City Department of Transportation. 

Board Member - William K. Pao

William K. Pao is a seasoned commercial litigator whose diverse practice focuses on three main areas: securities litigation, financial services litigation, and complex commercial litigation involving Chinese companies. Will’s clients include companies across a wide spectrum of industries, including banking, technology, automotive, agriculture, education, fashion, and apparel. As a secondee to one of the nation’s largest banks, Will managed a large portfolio of high-exposure, high-stakes consumer banking litigation. He also possesses domain expertise in securities litigation and regularly writes and speaks on securities issues. In addition, Will has substantial experience advising and representing Chinese companies and US companies that operate in China. He speaks Mandarin, and has spent considerable time in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Will served as a law clerk to the Hon. Fortunato Benavides of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Hon. David F. Levi, formerly of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California. He graduated Order of the Coif from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, and summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a triple major in Political Science, Economics, and East Asian Languages and Cultures. As a Fulbright Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai, Will conducted extensive research on Chinese economic reforms.

Board Member - Ralph Tsong

Ralph Tsong is principal attorney at Tsong Law Group, A.P.C. and Adoption California, where he practices family law, specializing in adoption and reproductive law. Prior to starting his own practice, Ralph practiced employment law, working as a senior attorney at the California Department of Industrial Relations and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Ralph also practiced housing law as staff counsel at LAFLA and the Asian Law Alliance in San Jose. Ralph graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999 and received a B.S. from the College of William & Mary in 1996.

Board Member - Amy Wan

Amy Wan, Esq., is Founder and CEO of Bootstrap Legal, a legaltech startup that uses artificial intelligence to automate the drafting of real estate private financing document. She is also Principal at The Law Office of Amy Wan, Esq., where she advises on startup and crowdfunding law. Formerly, she was General Counsel at Patch of Land, a real estate marketplace lending platform. While there, Amy pioneered novel financial products and advised the company on its $23.6M Series A funding round. In recognition of her accomplishments, Amy was nominated as a Finalist for the Corporate Counsel of the Year Award 2015 by LA Business Journal.

Amy is also passionate about the intersection of law and technology and rethinking the delivery of legal services. She is the founder and co-organizer of Legal Hackers LA, and was named one of the one of ten women to watch in legal technology by the American Bar Association Journal in 2014.

Amy also worked in enforcement and compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she represented the United States at the WTO TBT Committee and participated in free trade agreement negotiations on regulatory coherence and technical barriers to trade. Amy also spent time at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Transportation as a Presidential Management Fellow. She holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California.

Board Member - Wendy T. Wu

Wendy is a Vice President of Stroz Friedberg, where she directs engagements involving cybercrime and data breach response, information security, digital forensics, intellectual property protection, and electronic discovery.  Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Wendy was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section, National Security Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.  As an AUSA, Wendy investigated and prosecuted cyber and intellectual property offenses, including computer hacking, violations of criminal copyright and trademark laws, fraud, cyberstalking and extortion, identity theft, and child exploitation crimes.  Wendy also served in the USAO’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, where she focused on prosecuting large scale drug trafficking and gang related offenses.  Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Wendy was an associate in the White Collar Defense & Investigations Group of Proskauer Rose, where she focused on white collar and compliance matters, with an emphasis in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  She graduated with honors from American University, Washington College of Law, and received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Board Member - Jane Yang

Jane is an attorney with the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s office, where she is assigned to the Central Felony Trial Unit. She is in her sixth year of practice as a deputy public defender. As a Deputy Alternate Defender, she represents clients charged with crimes ranging from drug charges to homicide.

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