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


Jason L. Liang

Partner at Liang Ly LLP

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D., 2007, cum laude

University of California, Irvine, B.A., 2003

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.


President-Elect


Elizabeth Yang

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.


Vice President


Celene Chan Andrews

Partner at Kasdan LippSmith Weber Turner 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 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 J.D. 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. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year, Legal Eagles Pro Bono Clinic (2013-14). She serves as Co-Chair of the Communications/Website Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s (LACBA) Litigation Section Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Mass Torts and Class Actions Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). 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).


Treasurer


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.


Secretary


Nadine Shu Rong Tan

Associate at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian, A.P.C.

University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D., 2015

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

Firm Bio | LinkedIn

Nadine Shu Rong Tan is an associate at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian, A.P.C. She practices general and employment litigation and employment counseling. Prior to joining Parker Milliken, Nadine clerked for the Hon. S. James Otero (Ret.) of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She received her J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law, where she served as APALSA’s Co-Chair of Alumni Relations, and her B.S. from USC, magna cum laude.


Board Members


David H. Chao

Assistant United States Attorney

Yale Law School, J.D., 2010

Harvard College

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.



Vicki Chou

Of Counsel at Hueston Hennigan LLP

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2006, cum laude

Harvard College, A.B., 2002, magna cum laude

Firm Bio | LinkedIn

Vicki Chou is Of Counsel 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.



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 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.



Alicia Hou

Special Counsel at Akerman LLP

New York Law School, J.D. 

University of California, Irvine, B.A.

Alicia is Special Counsel at Akerman LLP. Alicia received her B.A. from the University of California, 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

Law Offices of Ray Hsu & Associates, P.C.

Ray Hsu is a solo practitioner of the Law Offices of Ray Hsu & Associates, P.C. in Alhambra with boutique practice in labor and employment law. Ray 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. Ray 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

Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C.

George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2010

University of Michigan, B.A., 2005, with honors

Firm Bio | LinkedIn

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

Associate 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

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).



Caleb Liang

Senior Counsel at LTL Attorneys LLP

University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.

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

Associate at Yang & Chen LLP

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 Yang & Chen LLP as a family law associate 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.



Kellye Ng-McCullough

Judicial Law Clerk at United States District Court

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

California State University, Fullerton, B.A., cum laude 

Kellye Ng-McCullough is serving as a judicial law clerk at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Before her clerkship, Kellye was an associate at an international law firm representing clients in a wide array of matters, including consumer class actions, antitrust litigation, contract disputes, business torts, federal investigations, and asylum proceedings. Kellye received her bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton, cum laude, and her law degree 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, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the Faculty Appointments Committee, and the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Board.



William K. Pao

Partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP

University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2006, Order of the Coif

University of Southern California, B.A., 2001, summa cum laude

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 the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 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.



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.



David Yang

Partner at Hawkinson Yang LLP

University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2006, Order of the Coif

University of California, Berkeley, B.S., EECS, 1999

Firm Bio | LinkedIn

David Yang co-founded Hawkinson Yang LLP in 2018. He began his legal career at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and WilmerHale.

David litigates and advises clients in the areas of intellectual property and commercial transactions. David’s clients include leading technology companies such as Dropbox, Foxconn, HP, and Hulu and beloved consumer brands such as Ariat, Ruggable, and Sender One. 

David is grateful to the people of California for subsidizing his education. He attended law school at Berkeley, graduating Order of the Coif in 2006. In law school, David received Jurisprudence Awards in four classes and served as co-chair of APALSA. David also attended Berkeley for college, obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in 1999. As an undergrad, David edited a student paper and moonlighted as a late-night DJ on KALX 90.7 FM, playing mostly obscure punk and metal bands. David worked as a technology consultant and software developer before attending law school.

David is a 2019 fellow of the Cal-APABA Leadership Education for Attorney Development (LEAD) program and a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. He previously served as a pro bono panel attorney for California Lawyers for the Arts.

David is a first-generation professional and finds fulfillment in mentoring those who are now coming up. Please do not be shy about reaching out. 



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.

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