AABA Board of Directors 2018
DAVID TSAI, PRESIDENT
Vinson & Elkins LLP
David Tsai is a Partner in Vinson & Elkins LLP’s San Francisco office and Co-Managing Partner of V&E’s Taiwan Office. David's practice focuses on patent, trade secret, complex breach of contract, and product defect litigation for companies innovating biotechnology (pharmaceuticals and genetic engineering), medical devices, software (Internet and mobile apps), and hardware (semiconductors, set-top boxes, smartphones, solar wafers and light-emitting diodes/LED/OLED). David is fluent in spoken Taiwanese and Chinese Mandarin and has successfully represented numerous Taiwan, Korea, and China-based companies. David is a past President of the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA) and past Co-Chair of the Minority Bar Coalition and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF). He currently serves as a board member for the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the Asian Law Alliance. David is committed to serving pro bono clients. He has worked on immigration pro bono matters with the Asian Law Caucus, APILO, NCLR, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, including successfully representing a transgender Cambodian man. In 2016, David was recognized by the California State Legislature for his work in civil rights. David is a graduate of Harvard, Stanford, and Santa Clara University.
CHARLES H. JUNG, VICE PRESIDENT
Nassiri & Jung LLP
Charles H. Jung is a trial lawyer at Nassiri & Jung LLP. His litigation practice focuses on defense of wage & employment cases and counseling on behalf of lawyers, executives, and other professionals. Charles is a frequent commentator in the legal press on the topics of employment law, class actions, and arbitrations. He graduated with Distinction from Stanford Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review. He earned his B.A. from Duke University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He earned his Master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Kennedy Fellow. His honors and awards include: being named a Top 100 Attorney in every year since 2013, and inclusion on the list of Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine in every year since 2009. Charles is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent® (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell® in Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Class Actions. Charles serves as Vice President for Programs & Operations for NAPABA, President of California APABA, a Director for the Bar Association of San Francisco, an Executive Committee member for the SSF section of the California Lawyers Association, a Regional Governor for IAKL, and an Elections Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco.
JOHN HAMASAKI, TREASURER
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, SECRETARY
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.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
275 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
For the past five years, Lin has co-chaired AABA’s Women’s and Civil Rights Committees. She is a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein where she practices plaintiff-side class action litigation in employment and antitrust. Lin has served on the Board of AAAJ-ALC for the past four years, and currently vice-chairs the ABA’s Fair and Impartial Courts Committee. Lin received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2007 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2008.
NATHALIE LE NGOC
Nathalie Le Ngoc is Senior Director, Legal & Associate General Counsel at Salesforce.org, a public benefit enterprise that provides best-in-class technology to social impact organizations. She leads multiple legal functions at Salesforce.org including employment, ethical compliance, litigation, marketing and IP.
Previously, Nathalie built the employment law function at Varian Medical Systems as its first dedicated in-house attorney. 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 AABA Board, Nathalie served as Co-Chair of AABA’s In-House Committee. She also currently serves 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.
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.
Marie Ma is Senior Counsel at Gap Inc., where she provides legal advice on a wide range of corporate, securities, finance, governance, compliance and nonprofit issues, and oversees the Global Equity Administration function. She previously served as co-chair of AABA’s In-House Committee, and currently serves on the AABA Law Foundation Board. Marie also serves on the University of San Francisco School of Law’s Board of Governors and the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Justice and Diversity Center Board of Directors. She leads Gap Inc.’s Law Firm Diversity Committee, and is Chair of BASF’s Mock Trial Committee. Ms. Ma received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
LISA P. MAK
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.
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.
Uy Law Group
Robert Uy is a Partner at the Uy Law Group where he practices immigration and family law. Robert has significant experience in employment-based immigration, family based immigration, consular processing, and deportation defense. In addition, he represents clients through all stages of family law. He is a recipient of a 2015 Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award. He is the Northern California Regional Governor for the National Filipino American Lawyers' Association, former President of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California; a member of AILA; former President of the Alliance for Community Empowerment; former Vice President of the Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center and a former director of the Young Filipino Professionals Association. Robert currently serves on the National Filipino American Lawyer’s Association (NFALA) Admin and Immigration Committees and is a delegate to NAPABA’s Pro Bono and Community Services Committee. Robert was previously a co-chair for AABA’s Community Services Committee, where he established the Legally Asian Conference. Robert previously served on the Executive Committee for the San Francisco Immigration and Legal Education Network. Robert was previously published in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice for his piece on human trafficking, “Blinded by Red Lights.” Robert has also written columns for ethnic press. Robert has been invited to speak at UC Berkeley School of Law, UC Hastings, USF Law, Santa Clara Law, Golden Gate University, and Stanford, on a wide variety of professional issues. Robert was recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He started his career as the Staff Attorney – Immigration Project lead, at API Legal Outreach. Robert is a graduate of UCLA and is a graduate of SCU 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.