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


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.


President-Elect


Nadine Shu Rong Tan

Associate Counsel at Green Dot Public Schools California

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 California, a nonprofit organization that operates 18 public charter schools across Los Angeles with the mission to help transform public education. She has taught legal ethics as an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law.

She received her J.D. from USC, 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.

She currently serves as SCCLA's Membership Chair.


Vice President


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.


Treasurer


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).

Secretary


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.

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.



Carol Alexis Chen

Partner at Winston & Strawn and Former Career Federal Prosecutor

Yale Law School, J.D., 2000

UCLA, B.A. Political Science, 1996

Carol Alexis Chen is a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP where she handles high-stakes complex civil and white collar criminal defense litigation, conducts internal investigations and responds to inquiries from governmental and regulatory agencies, and counsels her clients on the development, implementation, and enhancement of compliance and remediation programs. While she has particular expertise with respect to anti-money laundering and financial crimes laws and regulations, the False Claims Act and related qui tam provisions, and matters involving business torts, fraud, and RICO, her practice cuts across many different sectors including Financial Services and Banking; Technology, New Media, and Telecommunications; and Health Care and Life Sciences. Carol serves as Global Co-Chair of the Winston Asian Leadership Initiative (WALI) which works closely with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to hire, retain, and promote lawyers of Asian American Pacific Islander Descent.


Carol previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions for over 15 years and in various supervisory roles including in the training section for rookie prosecutors and most recently as the first (and still only) female Chief in office history of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section. In addition to handling hundreds of complex, large-scale federal criminal grand jury and wiretap investigations and defending the United States and its employees in significant torts, civil rights, employment discrimination, and immigration cases, Carol chaired various high-profile initiatives, task forces, and working groups and led community and law enforcement outreach efforts on behalf of the Department of Justice, and trained law enforcement and prosecutors including on courtroom and trial advocacy.

Carol has long been heavily involved in community service and currently sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations in addition to many professional/bar association committees. She clerked for the (Late) Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer on the Ninth Circuit and for the (Retired) Honorable Lourdes G. Baird, then a District Judge for the Central District of California.



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 Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz and Dolin PC

Pepperdine, '20

UCLA, B.A., Philosophy '14

Enoch Cheung is an associate at Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin PC where he provides labor and employment litigation services to clients in a wide range of industries. His practice focuses on the defense of claims involving workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations. 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.



David Chiang

Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Duke University School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude ‘10
Georgetown University, B.S.F.S. cum laude ‘07


David Chiang serves as a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. His career has included prosecuting charges from petty theft to murder, including fifty-nine jury and fourteen court trials. Over his ten years as a prosecutor, he has become an expert in pretrial and trial advocacy, motion practice, discovery, and criminal law and practice, with particular expertise in e-discovery and courtroom presentation of digital evidence. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, David worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he worked advising corporate clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and prosecutions. Of all his professional accomplishments, he is most proud of his work advocating for the victims of crime—particularly those for whom no one else will speak.

David is a proud graduate of the Duke University School of Law, where he served as Research Editor for the Duke Law Journal and on the Moot Court Board; of Georgetown University, of whose basketball team he remains a committed fan despite their persistent woes; and of Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California, where his teachers inspired his career in public service.



Kenny Chung

Executive Director of Commercial Real Estate at Hong Kong Realty Management

UCLA School of Law, J.D., '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 extensive experience investing in and managing multiple types of real property such as retail, industrial, multi-family, and office. Kenny is a licensed California Realtor and holds the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) and SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource) designations.

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 Foley & Mansfield, PLLP

UCLA, LL.M., '17

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

Yifei (Phoebe) Hu is an associate attorney at Foley & Mansfield, PLLP, a national defense firm, where she focuses her practice in the areas of products liability, toxic and mass torts, and employment litigation. Prior to joining Foley & Mansfield, Phoebe worked for a plaintiff-side litigation firm and successfully represented Chinese individuals and families in hundreds of personal injury cases.

Phoebe has bar admissions in both California and China. Phoebe graduated from UCLA School of Law, specializing in business law. Before coming to the U.S., She 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.”



Kellye Ng-Bañuelos

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-Bañuelos 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 is a proud San Gabriel Valley native.  She 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 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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

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

Ryan is a corporate associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Ryan focuses his practice on corporate and securities matters, including transactions, corporate governance, and securities compliance. He regularly counsels emerging companies from formation to exit, handling all aspects of entity formation and general corporate governance issues, financing events, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation. Prior to joining Mintz, Ryan was an associate at a California-based law firm handling a wide range of matters including corporate transactions, real estate financings, and securities compliance. During law school, he interned with the in-house legal department of a national level auto-finance lender and externed at the Federal Trade Commission. Ryan was a semi-finalist on Loyola’s Transactional Negotiations Team and earned the Dean’s Service award for his academic achievement and commitment to excellence in the community.



Fanxi Wang

Principal 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 & Gallagher LLP

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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