SCCLA Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association


SCCLA Officers


  Diana Kwok
President


Diana Kwok is an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. As a prosecutor in the Environmental & Community Safety Crimes Section, Ms. Kwok prosecutes a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases against both individuals and corporations.  Ms. Kwok is on the Diversity Committee of the United States Attorney's Office, and serves as one of the Office's representatives in the Conviction and Sentence Alternatives ("CASA") Program for the Central District of California.  Before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Kwok was an associate in the Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense practice group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. She also previously served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Percy Anderson and the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew of the United States District Court, Central District of California. 


Shirley Wei
President-Elect

Shirley Wei is an immigration attorney at The Law Office of Shirley Wei, based in Playa Vista, CA. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and French, Shirley represents a wide array of immigrants and employers in all of their immigration and naturalization needs. She has experience litigating immigration-related matters before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the Superior Court of California, and U.S. District Court, Central District. After graduating from UCLA, Shirley Wei obtained two law degrees from the world’s two main legal traditions – the English Common Law and the French Civil Law – from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her education and work experience spans across Asia, North America, and Europe, and she is admitted to practice in the State of California (retired in New York). Shirley is the President of the McGill Alumni Association in Los Angeles.


Stephanie W. Tang
Executive Vice President

Stephanie serves as a legal adviser at the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review concerning the application of pertinent laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and legal precedents which result in legally sufficient decisions on claims requesting eligibility to social security benefits filed under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act. Prior to joining SSA, Stephanie was a real estate and title litigation attorney representing real property owners, lien holders, mortgage lenders and title insurers in all aspects of litigation and appeals on real property related issues such as title encumbrances and defects, fraudulent conveyance, easements, and mechanic’s liens. Stephanie was the research attorney for the Honorable Kenji Machida and Deanne S. Myers of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Ms. Tang graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with dual B.A. degrees in Criminology and Psychology. She received her law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Stephanie is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese. 


Jason L. Liang
Vice President

Jason Liang is a partner at the law firm of Liang Ly LLP.  He represents corporate and individual clients in various complex civil and criminal matters.  In 2007, Jason began his career at Jones Day, where he worked on high profile, complex trial and appellate matters.  He was a member of the trial team that defended the former sheriff of Orange County in a 10-week jury trial in federal court.  In 2013, Jason joined the boutique litigation firm of Murphy Rosen LLP where he continued to represent corporate entities and individuals in complex civil disputes.  His experience includes litigating issues involving trade secret and intellectual property theft, defamation, breach of contract, fraud, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO Act”), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Economic Espionage Act, conspiracy, anti-trust and unfair competition laws, and cross-border disputes involving Chinese law.  He graduated with honors from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.    



Elizabeth Yang
Treasurer 

Elizabeth Yang, founder of the Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang, has 10 years of experience and is recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star. Her law firm specializes in Intellectual Property law (patents, copyrights, trademarks), business law, family law & traffic citations. She earned her Electrical Engineering & Computer Science degree from the University of California Berkeley and her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of La Verne. Prior to practicing law, Elizabeth worked at Raytheon Company as a radar designer and at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab on the Mars Exploration Rover. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and lives in Monterey Park with her husband, son and daughter.





Celene Chan Andrews
Secretary

Celene Chan Andrews is an attorney at Kasdan LippSmith Weber Turner LLP. With over $160 million in settlements, Celene is admitted to practice in California and Hawaii. She litigates class actions, mass torts, construction defect, and personal injury cases. Celene graduated cum laude from UCLA and received her JD from UC Hastings. She externed for Hon. David A. Ezra (U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii) and clerked for Hon. Alan S. Gold (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida). Celene values giving back to her community with the same passion she brings to representing her clients. Celene was awarded Volunteer of the Year, Legal Eagles Pro Bono Clinic (2013-14). Celene is a Top 10 Under 40 attorney in California (National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys), Top 40 Under 40 Attorney (National Trial Lawyers), Super Lawyers Rising Star, Up-and-Coming 50 (Women Southern California Rising Stars), and Up-and-Coming 100 (Southern California Rising Stars).


  Felix Woo
Immediate Past President

Felix is a partner in the international firm of Dentons. Felix has extensive experience representing companies and individuals across a broad spectrum of industries in civil, administrative and arbitration actions. Such matters include disputes involving commercial contracts, health insurance, real estate transactions, business torts, employment discrimination, trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, unfair competition, whistleblower claims and class actions.  In his career, Felix has also devoted significant time to pro bono matters and since 2008, he has served as the Los Angeles office’s pro bono coordinator. Mr. Woo is married with two sons. 


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