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.
Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang
University of La Verne, J.D./M.B.A., 2007
University of California, Berkeley, B.S., EECS, 2002
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, and traffic citations. She earned her Electrical Engineering and 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
Partner at LippSmith LLP
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., cum laude
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 boards of the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA) and 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).
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 Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee of the State Bar of 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.
Nadine Shu Rong Tan
University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D., 2015
University of Southern California, B.S., 2012, magna cum laude
Nadine Tan is an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law, where she teaches legal ethics in the LL.M. program. 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. She practiced general and employment litigation and counseling at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian, A.P.C.
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.
David H. Chao
Assistant United States Attorney
Yale Law School, J.D., 2010
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.
Christine G. Chen
Senior Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
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.
Alisa S. Edelson
Attorney at Resch Polster & Berger LLP
Loyola Law School, J.D.
University of California, Irvine, B.A., Political Science
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 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.
Yale University, B.A.
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.
Jeffrey S. Kwong
Partner at Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P.
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D.
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.
Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C.
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2010
Derrick Lam is a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C., where he specializes in labor and employment law. Derrick represents a diverse set of clients, including startups 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
Shareholder at Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2010
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., History and Political Science, 2006, Phi Beta Kappa
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).
Staff Attorney at Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
California Western School of Law, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
Debby Lin graduated from UCLA with a major in Economics/International Area Studies, minors in Asian American 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 for Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law as a family law staff attorney.
Lisa Zhao Liu
Law Offices of Lisa Z. Liu, PC
University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
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. She received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Lisa also sits on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Association and 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.
Assistant United States Attorney
University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D.
California State University, Fullerton, B.A., cum laude
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.
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.
Associate at Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, LLP
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D.
Loyola Marymount University, Cum Laude, B.A.
Ryan Urban is an associate at Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, LLP. His practice consists of corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions. Ryan received his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, cum laude and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he served as APALSA President and received the Dean's service award for his active involvement in the community.
Attorney at Bird Marella P.C.
University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D.
University of Oxford, B.A.
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.
Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.
University of Southern California, B.S., cum laude
Benita Yu is 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.
Associate at Ballard Spahr LLP
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2017, with honors
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).
Yuan (Grace) Zhong
Associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP
University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D., 2017
Grace Zhong is a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers. Grace represents a broad range of clients in complex litigation matters in court and arbitration including contract disputes, fraud, real estate litigation, and shareholder suits. She also counsels national companies in DOJ and internal investigations. Grace maintains an active pro bono practice, including serving as a special Deputy City Prosecutor for the City of Redondo Beach and conducting free legal workshops for small business owners. She is also a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Loa Angeles.
Grace is a 2017 graduate of USC Gould Law School. She speaks fluent Mandarin and has experience advising and representing Chinese companies. Before attending law school, Grace advised Chinese issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings in China.