Southern California 
Chinese Lawyers Association

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of SCCLA consists of twenty-one members, five of whom also serve as executive officers. The Board ensures that SCCLA continues to fulfill its mission while operating in a responsible and sustainable fashion.

SCCLA selects its board members from qualified attorneys based in the Greater Los Angeles Area. SCCLA aims to maintain a diverse board with members who practice across a broad range of substantive legal areas and settings.

Please see below for brief biographies of our board members.

Officers

President


Celene Chan Andrews

Partner at LippSmith LLP

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., '08

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., cum laude, '05

Firm Bio | LinkedIn

Celene Chan Andrews is a partner at LippSmith LLP. With over $200 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 J.D. from UC Hastings. She clerked for Hon. Alan S. Gold (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida) and externed for Hon. David A. Ezra (U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii). Celene values giving back to her community with the same passion she brings to representing her clients. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year, Legal Eagles Pro Bono Clinic (2013-14). She serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Litigation Section Executive Committee, Chair of the Mass Torts and Class Actions Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and on the Racial Justice and Equality Advisory Council for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA). She also serves on the board of the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA). In 2021, she served on the board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA) and as liaison to the Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter. 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 Lawyer, Rising Star, Up-and-Coming 50 (Women Southern California Rising Stars), and Up-and-Coming 100 (Southern California Rising Stars).


President-Elect


Nina L. Hong

Partner at Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Columbia University, B.A., summa cum laude

Nina Hong 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. Nina currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association and is also President of the Century City Bar Association.  For the past five years, Thomas Reuters has recognized Nina as a “Super Lawyer” in Southern California. She received her B.A. from Columbia University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


Vice President


Nadine Shu Rong Tan

Associate Counsel at Green Dot Public Schools

University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D., '15

University of Southern California, B.S., 2012, magna cum laude, '12

Bio | LinkedIn

Nadine Tan is Associate Counsel at Green Dot Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school management organization whose mission is to help transform public education. She is an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law, where she teaches legal ethics to LL.M. students.

She received her J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law, where she served as APALSA’s Co-Chair of Alumni Relations and a Peer Mentor to incoming law students, and her B.S. from USC, magna cum laude. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. S. James Otero (Ret.) of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and practiced general and employment litigation and counseling at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian, A.P.C.


Treasurer


Vicki Chou

Partner at Hueston Hennigan LLP

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, '06

Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, '02

Firm Bio | LinkedIn

Vicki Chou is a Partner at Hueston Hennigan LLP where she represents individuals and companies in high stakes business disputes and criminal matters, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property matters, SEC enforcement actions, and white collar criminal defense. Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California where she represented the United States in hundreds of criminal cases, including computer and internet fraud, intellectual property, money laundering, bank fraud, tax fraud, immigration fraud, drug trafficking, and racketeering offenses. Many of her matters involved high level, international coordination. As lead counsel, she prevailed at trial in numerous cases. She also argued many appeals before the Ninth Circuit, securing affirmances in every case she argued. During her time at the Office, served as a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section, where she supervised and trained the Office’s newest prosecutors. Vicki is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Payne, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. She was selected as one of NAPABA's 2020 Best Under 40.


Secretary


Sharlene D. Lee

Shareholder at Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., '10

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., History and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, '06

Firm Bio | LinkedIn

Sharlene Lee is an attorney practicing in the areas of business litigation and employment. She prosecutes and defends matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, privacy, defamation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, shareholder derivative claims, and real estate disputes. She has successfully brought and defended anti-SLAPP motions, protecting her clients’ First Amendment rights. In her counsel to employers, she advises on and defends a range of claims involving wrongful termination, whistleblowers, trade secrets, employment discrimination, harassment, unfair competition, employee discipline matters, and hiring and firing and other employment policies and procedures.

Sharlene is a 2018 NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program Fellow. She is also a past president and board member of Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA (APA UCLA).


Board Members


David H. Chao

Assistant United States Attorney

Yale Law School, J.D., '10

Harvard College, B.A., Government, '05

David H. Chao is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, David was an associate at Bird Marella. David is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Hon. Richard Paez and Hon. Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Hon. Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.



Stephanie Chau

Litigation Associate at Carlton Fields, LLP

University of San Diego

USC, B.S., Business Administration


Stephanie Chau is a litigation attorney at Carlton Fields LLP, where she represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial matters and other contractual and business disputes. She is also a recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award for exemplary pro bono representation in the area of civil rights. Previously, Stephanie served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.



Christine G. Chen

Citizen Project Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

DePaul University College of Law, J.D., '11

UCSD, B.A., Political Science & Sociology, '05

Christine G. Chen is a Senior Staff Attorney for Asian Americans 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 University College of Law where she specialized in Public Interest Law. Christine is Taiwanese and speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese.



Enoch Cheung

Associate at Wallace, Richardson, Sontag & Le, LLP

Pepperdine, '20

UCLA, B.A., Philosophy '14

Enoch Cheung is an associate at Wallace, Richardson, Sontag & Le, LLP where he represents property owners, management companies, developers, financial institutions, and investors in all manner of real estate transactions and litigation. Enoch received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from UCLA and his law degree from Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, where he served as APALSA president.



Kenny Chung

Executive Director of Commercial Real Estate at Hong Kong Realty Management

UCLA, '19

UC Berkeley, B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology and Public Health, '10

Kenny Chung is the Executive Vice-President for Commercial Real Estate at Hong Kong Realty Management, Inc. He has experience investing in and managing multiple types of real property such as retail, industrial, multi-family, and office.

Kenny earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA Law, he studied abroad at Peking University Law School in Beijing, China. He is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.



Alisa S. Edelson

Attorney at Resch Polster & Berger LLP

Loyola Law School, J.D., '01

University of California, Irvine, B.A., Political Science, '94

Alisa S. Edelson is an attorney at Resch Polster & Berger LLP  with significant experience in the areas of business, entertainment, and intellectual property law.

Alisa 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. Alisa is also experienced in drafting website agreements, such as terms of use, privacy policies, and video and personal appearance releases.

Alisa earned her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Irvine and obtained her J.D. 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.



Winston P. Hsiao

Litigation Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif, J.D., '10

Yale University, B.A., History, '07

Winston Hsiao is a Litigation Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Winston practices complex civil litigation, representing clients in a wide range of suits, including securities and shareholder litigation, tax shelter and accounting malpractice, contract disputes and fraud claims. Prior to joining Skadden Arps, Winston clerked with Presiding Justice Norman Epstein of the California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District. He received his B.A. in history from Yale University and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif. Winston lives in Hancock Park with his fiancé.



Yifei (Phoebe) Hu

Associate Attorney at Becker Law Group

UCLA, LL.M., '17

East China University of Political Science and Law, B.A., Law, '16

Yifei (Phoebe) Hu is an associate attorney at the Becker Law Group, practicing in civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury and business litigation. Born and growing up in China, Phoebe brings her skills and experience with the mission to protect and fight for the justice of the Chinese community, especially new Chinese immigrants in the U.S. She has successfully represented individuals and families from China and from the Chinese community in the U.S. in hundreds of cases, including premises liability, automobile liability, government liability, medical malpractice, business matters and other issues.

Phoebe graduated from UCLA School of Law specialized in business law. She has extensive and diversified law study not only in the U.S. but also in China and Europe, with bar admission in both California and China. Before coming to the U.S., Phoebe obtained her bachelor’s degree in law from East China University of Political Science and Law and graduated with the honor of “Distinguished Graduate of Shanghai.”



Jeffrey S. Kwong

Partner at Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P. 

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., '12

University of California, San Diego, B.A., Political Science, '08

Firm Bio | LinkedIn

Jeffrey S. Kwong (鄺世傑) is a business restructuring and bankruptcy attorney at Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P., and represents Chapter 11 debtors, unsecured creditor committees, secured and unsecured creditors, and parties in bankruptcy litigation and appeals from a variety of industries, including hotels and hospitality, lending and banking, commercial real estate, restaurants, retail, and healthcare. Mr. Kwong’s prior Chapter 11 debtor engagements include Cornerstone Apparel, Inc., Anna’s Linens, Tala Jewelers, Inc., and Green Fleet Systems, LLC. Further, he has represented commercial landlords in some of the largest retail bankruptcy cases filed across the country in recent years.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kwong served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable Deborah J. Saltzman, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California.



Lisa Zhao Liu

Law Offices of Lisa Z. Liu, PC

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 10

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science, '07

Lisa Zhao Liu, owner of Law Offices of Lisa Z. Liu, PC, is a certified criminal law specialist by the California State Bar. A former Deputy District Attorney, Lisa now represents clients accused of all misdemeanor and felonies such as DUI, drug offenses, and assault/domestic violence throughout Southern California in both state and federal court. She received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Lisa is also currently the Vice President of the Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Association and sits on the Board of Governors for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Lisa is a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney (National Trial Lawyers), a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and a Up-and-Coming Top 50 (Women Southern California Rising Stars). In her free time, Lisa regularly volunteers for the SCCLA Pro Bono Legal Clinic. She is conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese.



Kellye Ng-Banuelos

Assistant United States Attorney

University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D., '16

Cal State Fullerton, B.A. Criminal Justice, American Studies, Political Science, '12

Kellye Ng-McCullough serves as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kellye clerked for the Honorable Lawrence J. O’Neill, Chief Judge Emeritus, and the Honorable Dale A. Drozd, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California. Before her clerkship, Kellye was an associate at Jones Day.

Kellye received her law degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she graduated with pro bono honors. During law school, Kellye was named Student of the Year by the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Kellye graduated from California State University, Fullerton, where she earned the Criminal Justice Department Award for Excelling in Academics and Services.



Ralph Tsong

Principal at Tsong Law Group, A.P.C. and Adoption California

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1999

College of William & Mary, B.S., 1996

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. Ralph is a Fellow at the Academy of California Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law Attorneys.




Ryan Urban

Corporate Associate at Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, LLP

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., '20

Loyola Marymount University, B.A., Political Science & Asian Pacific Studies, Cum Laude, B.A., '17

Ryan Urban is an associate in Palmieri Tyler’s Corporate and Securities group. Ryan's Corporate and Securities practice focuses on general corporate transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology, licensing, securities transactions, and federal and state securities law compliance. He regularly advises clients on business transactions including commercial contracts and agreements, formation of business entities, purchase and sale of businesses, and corporate restructurings. He also has experience in real estate matters related to the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of commercial real estate. While in law school, Mr. Urban externed at the Federal Trade Commission and specialized in detecting deceptive business practices at the national level. He also received First Honors Awards for obtaining the highest grade in Business Association and Business Planning. Ryan was a semi-finalist on the Transactional Negotiations Team and received the Dean Service Award for his work in the community.



Fanxi Wang

Associate at Bird Marella P.C.

University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 12

University of Oxford, History & Economics, '09

Fanxi Wang is an attorney at Bird Marella P.C. She has represented many individuals and companies in civil litigation, including matters involving healthcare, advertising, employment, and entertainment profit participation. She has participated in many arbitrations and trials, and has been recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers for 2018-2020. A native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Fanxi grew up in China, Germany and the UK before moving the U.S. for law school. She received her B.A. in History and Economics with First Class Honors from the University of Oxford. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she served as a Publishing Editor of the California Law Review. During law school, she externed for the Honorable John T. Noonan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.




Benita Yu

Associate at Willkie Farr

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 19

University of Sothern California, B.S., Business Administration, '13

Benita Yu is a litigation associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher. Before joining Willkie, Benita served as a judicial law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Benita received her undergraduate degree in business administration from USC and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. During law school, Benita was a Student LEADer for UCLA Law Women LEAD and a Discourse Editor on the UCLA Law Review."



Doris Yuen

Associate at Ballard Spahr LLP

The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, '17

UC Davis, B.A., Political Science, '12

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Doris is an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP. She assists clients with privacy, cybersecurity, and financial services regulatory compliance matters. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Doris clerked for the Honorable John M. Campbell at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and worked at Buckley LLP. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis and graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where she served as an APALSA board member and the Administrative & Online Editor for The George Washington International Law Review. Doris is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

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