JOHN HAMASAKI, PRESIDENT
John Hamasaki is a trial lawyer and the founder of Hamasaki Law, where he defends individuals facing prosecution in State and Federal courts throughout Northern California. John has built the practice with a focus on defending constitutional protections in complex criminal cases implicating civil rights and civil liberties. Notable recent cases include the defense of a member of the PayPal 14, a federal computer crimes prosecution of the computer hacktivist group “Anonymous” and representation of rapper Laz Tha Boy in a case involving the use of rap lyrics as criminal evidence. He is a previous co-chair of AABA’s Solo and Small Firms Committee and just concluded his fourth year as coach of BASF’s College Track Mock Trial Team. John’s public service also includes extensive pro bono work through the National Lawyers Guild representing individuals prosecuted as a result of their participation in political protests and demonstrations.
MICHELLE PARK CHIU, VICE PRESIDENT
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
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, TREASURER
Minami Tamaki LLP
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, SECRETARY
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
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.
Roland Chang is a senior associate in Orrick's White Collar & Corporate Investigations group. He represents foreign and domestic clients in connection with government enforcement actions, FCPA compliance monitorships, internal investigations, and criminal and civil litigation. Roland has hands-on experience with all aspects of investigations, monitorships, and litigation, including jury trials, handling witness interviews, drafting reports, taking and defending depositions, and managing large teams.
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.
Law Office of Stephen Chong
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 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 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 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.
JOHN B. LOUGH, JR.
Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP
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.
KELLY M. MATAYOSHI
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
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.
NATHALIE LE NGOC
Nathalie Le Ngoc is Senior Counsel, Global Labor & Employment at Salesforce.com. She was previously VP, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate at Salesforce.org, a public benefit enterprise that provides best-in-class technology to social impact organizations. She began her practice at Littler Mendelson, where she advised corporate clients on a broad spectrum of labor and employment issues and represented clients from the administrative agency stage throughout all phases of litigation.
Prior to joining the AABA Board, Nathalie served as Co-Chair of AABA’s In-House Committee. She also served as Co-Chair of Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley’s (APABA-SV) Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Nathalie has worked on pro bono matters with Bay Area Legal Aid, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and APILO, and is also a regular volunteer with the SF-Marin Food Bank. She has been invited to speak on a variety of topics regarding labor and employment law, in-house legal practice, and diversity and inclusion. Nathalie received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from University of California, San Diego.
SEAN TAMURA_SATOMinami Tamaki LLP
360 Post St., 8th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94108
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.
Weaver Austin Villenuve & Sampson
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. and B.A. from the University of Washington 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.
The Law Office of Jason K. Yee
Jason Yee is the principal attorney at The Law Office of Jason K. Yee. His practice primarily focuses on business transactions and immigration law, working with individuals and businesses. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and also serves on the board of nonprofits and professional associations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining the Board, he served as a Membership Committee Co-Chair and a member of other AABA committees.