AABA Board of Directors 2018
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DAVID TSAI, PRESIDENT

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
4 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-979-6988
david.tsai@pillsburylaw.com

David Tsai is co-head of Pillsbury’s Taiwan practice and also resident in the San Francisco office. His 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
aaba [ at ] njfirm [ dot ] com

Charles H. Jung is a trial lawyer at Nassiri & Jung LLP. His litigation practice focuses on both defending wage & employment cases, and representing professionals, executives, and founders in high-level separations. 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, a former Executive Committee member for the SSF section of the California State Bar (now California Lawyers Association), a Regional Governor for IAKL, and an Elections Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco.


JOHN HAMASAKI, TREASURER

Hamasaki Law
1388 Sutter Street, Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109
415-525-4245
john@hamasakilaw.com

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
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.


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

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.

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

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.


NATHALIE LE NGOC
Salesforce.org
50 Fremont Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94117
nlengoc@salesforce.com

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
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.


MARIE MA

Gap, Inc.
2 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
marie_ma@gap.com

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
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.

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.


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.


JASON YEE

The Law Office of Jason K. Yee
813 Washington St., 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 968-8877
jason@jyeelaw.com

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.

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