President

Michelle Park Chiu


TREASURER

Lin Chan


SECRETARY

John B. Lough, Jr.

Roland Chang


Stephen Chong


Claire Choo


Angel Garrett


Shining J. Hsu


Kelly M. Matayoshi


Kriti Rajput


Sean Tamura-Sato


Patty Tsai


Kevin Yeh

OFFICERS




MICHELLE PARK CHIU, PRESIDENT

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
One Market, Spear Street Tower
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-442-1184
michelle.chiu@morganlewis.com

Michelle Park Chiu represents corporate clients in matters such as civil and criminal antitrust litigation, California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) claims, and internal investigations. Michelle represents clients such as international technology, financial services, and healthcare companies in multidistrict litigation, class actions, arbitration proceedings, and US state and federal courts. She also represents clients facing investigations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), US Department of Justice (DOJ), and state attorneys general. Michelle has an active pro bono practice representing individuals in immigration matters. She successfully defended a detained refugee in removal proceedings, resulting in the complete dismissal of all charges against him, as well as successfully obtaining a U-Visa for a victim of criminal activity. Michelle also has represented clients with filing an affirmative application for asylum. Michelle served as vice chair of the San Francisco office's Pro Bono Committee from 2012-2013.





LISA MAK, VICE PRESIDENT

Minami Tamaki LLP
360 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-788-9000
LMak@MinamiTamaki.com

Lisa P. Mak is an Associate in Minami Tamaki LLP’s Consumer and Employee Rights Group. Ms. Mak’s practice includes cases involving employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, labor violations, and severance negotiations. Prior to joining Minami Tamaki, Ms. Mak worked at prominent plaintiffs’ employment law and civil rights firms in San Francisco, where she served on trial teams for high-profile discrimination and retaliation cases. Since 2015, Ms. Mak has been selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star. She graduated from UC San Diego summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received her law degree from UC Hastings. During law school, she externed for an Administrative Law Judge in the U.S. Department of Labor and served as a Clinic Counselor for low-income workers at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center. Ms. Mak served for three years as Co-Chair of AABA’s Community Services Committee, organizing pro bono legal clinics and other volunteer opportunities for attorneys and law students. Ms. Mak currently serves on the Board of Directors of Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. She is the Co-Chair of the Diversity Outreach Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association. She is also an active volunteer at the Workers’ Rights Clinic of the Asian Law Caucus. She is a state-certified domestic violence counselor and fluent in Cantonese.





LIN Y. CHAN, TREASURER

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
275 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
lchan@lchb.com

Lin Chan is a Partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP where she practices plaintiff-side class action litigation in employment and antitrust.  Lin also serves on the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute and serves as Treasurer for the Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws.  She previously served on the Board of Directors for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus and as Chair of the Antitrust and Business Regulation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  Lin graduated from Stanford Law School and clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court.




JOHN B. LOUGH, Jr., SECRETARY

Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP
140 Geary Street, Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
lough.law@gmail.com

John B. Lough, Jr., is an associate at Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP, where his practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling. Before being elected to the Board, John co-chaired the AABA Community Services Committee. Outside the office, John is an active alumnus of Santa Clara University School of Law. He has written on the conceptual development of the law. The Daily Journal, Hawaii Bar Journal, and LA Lawyer have published his articles on the U.S. Supreme Court’s employment discrimination cases. John received his B.A. (Mathematics) from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. He is also a member of the California and Hawaii State Bars.

DIRECTORS AT LARGE




ROLAND CHANG

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
405 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Roland Chang is a senior associate in Orrick's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group. He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, parallel civil and administrative litigation and proceedings, complex business litigation, and FCPA compliance monitorships. He is also frequently engaged by companies and institutions to conduct sensitive and high-profile internal investigations.

Prior to joining the AABA Board, Roland served as Co-Chair of the AABA Education Committee and on the AABA Mentorship Committee. Roland has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2016. Roland earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego.


STEPHEN CHONG

Law Office of Stephen Chong
1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 400
Alameda, CA 94501

Stephen has been a happy and active AABA member for 6 years.  Stephen started his own law practice in 2014 that focuses on wills and trusts, guardianships, probate, and trust administration.  He has prior experience as a court-appointed attorney in the juvenile dependency court, which handles all foster care-related court cases. 

CLAIRE CHOO

Danko Meredith
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 145

Claire is a plaintiff-side trial attorney at the firm Danko Meredith where she represents clients in individual, class and collective actions in state and federal courts for insurance bad faith, consumer fraud, catastrophic personal injuries and in aviation-related actions. Prior to joining the Board, Claire Choo co-chaired AABA’s Community Services Committee for four years.

Claire earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. During law school, Claire clerked for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the Family Violence Law Center, where she was an advocate for domestic violence survivors. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Joyce L. Kennard (Ret.) of the California Supreme Court. Claire has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2013.


ANGEL GARRETT

Trucker Huss LLP
One Embarcadero Center, 12th Floor
San Francisco, California 94111-3617

Angel represents plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and service providers in ERISA class action and single plaintiff lawsuits nationwide.  She has a broad range of experience in employee benefits law and fiduciary breach matters. Angel has counseled and defended clients in matters involving employer stock option plans, employee stock valuation, inclusion of employer stock in retirement plans, investment of plan assets, management and recordkeeping fees, executive compensation arrangements, disability claims, and church and governmental plans.  She has managed employee benefits and ERISA cases in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts, and before arbitration panels and administrative agencies.

Angel has been recognized as a 2015 and 2016 Rising Star by the Northern California Super Lawyers publication. She is admitted to practice in California and Michigan. Angel is also fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.


SHINING J. HSU

shining.j.hsu@gmail.com

Shining is a career public servant with experience representing the government in federal and state courts. Her practice areas are financial fraud prosecution, bankruptcy law, charitable trusts law, and creditor’s rights. 

Shining holds degrees from Georgetown University and UC Hastings College of the Law.  Prior to becoming an attorney, she had a career in corporate and nonprofit finance. 

KELLY M. MATAYOSHI

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-954-4400
KMatayoshi@fbm.com

Kelly Matayoshi is an associate in Farella Braun + Martel’s Employment and Business Litigation Groups. In her employment practice, Ms. Matayoshi has successfully represented employers in state and federal court, including wrongful termination and class action wage and hour disputes. She has represented employers in the transportation and sales industries with issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and California Labor Code. Ms. Matayoshi’s business litigation practice focuses on complex civil litigation matters, representing clients in contract and products liability suits. Ms. Matayoshi serves on the San Francisco Leadership Team for the ABA Section of Litigation’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program and is part of the Section of Litigation’s Young Lawyer Leadership Program for 2015-2016. She is a on the U.C. Hastings College of the Law Board of Governors' Executive Board and regularly serves as a coach for Hastings’ successful moot court teams. Ms. Matayoshi is listed among the Northern California Rising Stars by SuperLawyers for employment law. During law school, she served as an extern for Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and as an intern for Judge Leslie Kobayashi of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.


KRITI RAJPUT

Kriti is Senior Corporate Counsel at AppDynamics (part of Cisco) where she primarily supports the transactions team. She has built her legal career as an in-house counsel generalist and gained extensive experience in product, commercial, and privacy practice areas at a variety of tech companies including Brand Metrics, LendingClub, MLSListings, CipherCloud, Oracle, and Zuora. Kriti graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law with her JD/MBA. She completed her undergraduate education from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences and a B.A. in Political Science. 

At AppDynamics, Kriti is part of the Community Action Challenge as the Legal representative to the Stand Against Racism and Discrimination campaign. She is an active volunteer for the Law in Technology Diversity Collaborative, which manages a 1L internship program with 20+ tech companies where the interns work 5 weeks in-house and 5 weeks in a law firm. Prior to joining the AABA Board, she was an AABA In-House Committee Co-Chair for 2 years and helped launch and conduct the Bay Area In-House Counsel Compensation Survey both in 2018 and 2020. She lives in Mountain View and enjoys spending time with her loved ones and sassy cats. 



SEAN TAMURA-SATO

Minami Tamaki LLP
360 Post St., 8th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94108
seant@minamitamaki.com

Sean Tamura-Sato is a Partner in the Consumer & Employee Rights group at Minami Tamaki LLP. Sean litigates a wide variety of employment and business matters on an individual and class action basis. He regularly represents low-wage and immigrant workers in actions combating wage theft and worker exploitation. Sean also advises entrepreneurs and executives in matters involving employment contracts, shareholder & partnership disputes, media & technology, and trade secrets. Sean received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his J.D. from U.C. Hastings. Sean was previously a Co-Chair of the AABA Civil Rights and Solo & Small Firm Committees.


PATTY TSAI

Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP
1111 Broadway, Suite 2300
Oakland, CA 94607
ptsai@wavsip.com

Patty Tsai is a patent attorney at Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP (WAVS). Patty’s practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, including both US and foreign patent applications, and counseling clients on patent portfolio strategy. Her technical expertise includes chemistry and materials, semiconductor technologies, and electrochemical engineering. As a law student, Patty worked as a judicial intern for Judge Mariane Spearman in the King County Superior Court, externed at a film studio Vuguru, and interned as a SCCLA Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the AABA Board, Patty served as a member of the Pathways Task Force and created the AABA Leadership Portal, and served as a Co-Chair of the AABA Education Committee. In addition to serving on the AABA Board, Patty also serves as a Board Member of Taiwan Culture & Education Foundation, Social Media Chair of the ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Alumni Committee, and career coach of UCLA Law Women LEAD. Patty received her B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in Biochemistry with minor in Mathematics from the University of Washington Seattle with College Honors, authoring an Honors thesis titled “First-principles Studies of Palladium-Catalyzed Organic Synthesis” based on her research with the Li Research Group of the Department of Chemistry, and also received the American Institute of Chemists Top Chemistry Graduating Senior Award. Patty received her J.D. from UCLA School of  Law with a specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law.



KEVIN YEH

SF CIty Attorney Office
1390 Market Street, Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102 

 kevin.yeh@sfcityatty.org

Kevin Yeh is a Deputy City Attorney in the Complex and Affirmative Litigation Unit of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.  The unit handles complex affirmative and defensive trials and appeals in both state and federal court, in matters involving novel legal issues, constitutional concerns, or statewide or nationwide public policy reforms, such as litigation against the Trump Administration’s regulatory initiatives targeting immigrants and minorities, and investigating companies for fraudulent and deceptive practices.  He was previously a Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he reviewed proposed mergers, and investigated and prosecuted anticompetitive practices in the healthcare and consumer product industries.  He was also a senior associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, focusing on antitrust, white-collar defense, and general litigation, and was seconded to Uber, where he handled global antitrust matters.  He clerked for Judge William H. Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  A San Francisco native, Kevin graduated from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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