SCCLA Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association


SCCLA Board Members


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.


Christine G. Chen

Christine G. Chen is a Senior Staff Attorney for Advancing Justice - LA’s Citizenship Project. Christine provides legal assistance and direct representation to immigrants wishing to undergo the process of naturalization. Christine engages in direct legal services, grant management, technical legal assistance, and capacity building.

During law school, Christine was an Asian American Bar Association Law Fellow and an extern for the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). After law school, Christine worked on trafficking cases at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) and assisted employment based immigration cases at The Walt Disney Company.

Christine received her J.D. from Depaul College of Law where she specialized in Public Interest Law. Christine is Taiwanese and speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese.



Vicki Chou

Vicki Chou is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California. She is a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section. She has also served in the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Sections. She has tried a wide variety of cases to conviction, including access device fraud, child pornography, immigration fraud, and drug trafficking offenses. She has also briefed and argued multiple appeals before the Ninth Circuit. Before she became an Assistant United States Attorney, Vicki was in private practice at Irell & Manella and Quinn Emanuel. She also clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert E. Payne in the Eastern District of Virginia. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.


Alisa S. Edelson

Alisa S. Edelson is Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Klinedinst PC with significant experience in the areas of business, entertainment, and intellectual property law.

Ms. Edelson has represented individuals and businesses in a wide variety of disputes involving, among other things, unfair competition, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, idea submission, and wrongful termination in state and federal courts. In addition, she has counseled clients concerning branding and intellectual property protection and enforcement including with respect to due diligence, clearance, prosecution, and management. Ms. Edelson is also experienced in drafting website agreements, such as terms of use, privacy policies, and video and personal appearance releases.

Ms. Edelson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School. During law school, she held leadership positions as the Executive Editor and Chief Production Editor of the Entertainment Law Review. Ms. Edelson served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Stephen M. Hillman (Ret.) of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Edelson is admitted to practice law before all California state courts, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


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.


  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.



Derrick Lam

Derrick Lam is an Associate at Littler Mendelson P.C., where he specializes in labor and employment law. Derrick represents a diverse set of clients, including start-ups and global corporations, in wage and hour class and representative actions as well as single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. Derrick also counsels clients to ensure compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, with an emphasis on wage and hour requirements, including company-wide audits of independent contractor and exempt classifications and other pay practices; accommodations for employees with disabilities; hiring, discipline, and termination decisions; and workplace investigations. Derrick received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, with honors, in 2005, and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School in 2010.

Derrick is a Pathfinder for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and a member of the National Employment Law Council.



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.



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.



Debby Lin

Debby Lin graduated from UCLA with a major in Economics/International Area Studies, minors in Asian Americans Studies and French, and from California Western School of Law. She is an admittee to both the State Bar of California and Bar of Central District of California. She received training in Family Law Trial Advocacy at the National Institute For Trial Advocacy (“NITA”), a program co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. Debby previously worked as a judicial law clerk to Federal Magistrate Judge Lewis. She was hired for her clerkship because she made a lasting impression on the Judge during her judicial externship. Currently, she is working as a solo practitioner at Aevitas Legal with emphases on family law, landlord tenant law, and civil litigation.



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.  



Kellye Ng-McCullough

Kellye Ng-McCullough is an Associate at Jones Day. She represents individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of matters involving consumer class actions, multidistrict antitrust litigation, contract disputes, business torts, and federal investigations. Kellye received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton, cum laude, and her J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she graduated with pro bono honors. During law school, she served on the Moot Court Board, the UC Irvine Law Review, and the Dean’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She is dedicated to helping her community by representing children in immigration and family court proceedings, and volunteering with Wilson High School’s Law Magnet program. She was also named as the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Student of the Year.



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.


Nadine Shu Rong Tan

Nadine is an associate at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian, A.P.C. Her experience includes litigating breach of contract, employment, and professional negligence disputes and providing counseling on employment and trademark issues. Prior to joining Parker Milliken, Nadine clerked for the Hon. S. James Otero of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she served as APALSA’s Co-Chair of Alumni Relations, and received her B.S. from the University of Southern California, magna cum laude. She currently co-chairs SCCLA’s Communications Committee.



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.



David Yang

David Yang is a co-founder and partner of Hawkinson Yang LLP. David's practice spans both litigation and transactions, focusing on the areas of intellectual property, privacy and data security, and commercial contracts. He represents clients in federal court and California state court in IP and commercial cases, and has helped his clients negotiate hundreds of deals.

David's clients run the gamut from some of the world’s biggest companies to exciting startups out to change the world. His clients include leading smartphone and computer companies, networking equipment manufacturers, and digital video and entertainment companies.

David is a native Mandarin speaker and serves as counsel to a number of companies based in Taiwan and China.

David attended law school at Berkeley, graduating Order of the Coif in 2006. He obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), also from Berkeley, in 1999.

David was born in Taiwan and grew up in Southern California.


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