AABA Board of Directors 2017 - 2018
MIRIAM KIM, PRESIDENT
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Miriam Kim is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation, intellectual property matters, and government and internal investigations for high technology companies in Silicon Valley. Recently selected as one of NAPABA’s Best Lawyers Under 40, she has substantial experience in trade secret, unfair competition, and false advertising cases. Miriam’s pro bono practice is focused on the needs of victims of sexual abuse. Before joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Levin H. Campbell, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Miriam is dedicated to increasing the diversity of the legal profession. She co-chairs her firm’s Development and Retention Committee and is a member of the Board of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Justice & Diversity Center. Prior to joining AABA’s Board, she co-chaired the Employment Committee. Miriam graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and from UC Berkeley School of Law, where she served as President of the Boalt Hall Student Association and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Miriam lives in Alameda with her husband and two sons (ages 5 and 8). When she’s not practicing law, she enjoys teaching preschool at her church and volunteering in the community with her family.
DAVID TSAI, VICE 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, TREASURER
Nassiri & Jung LLP
Charles H. Jung is a trial lawyer at Nassiri & Jung LLP. His litigation practice includes trade secrets, class actions, and employment/wage & hour. Charles is a frequent commentator in the legal press on these topics. 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 an At-Large Board Member for NAPABA, a Co-Chair or Executive Committee member for the SSF sections of both BASF and the California State Bar, a Regional Governor for IAKL, and an Elections Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco.
JOHN HAMASAKI, SECRETARY
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.
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.
Allen Glaessner & Werth, LLP
Kimberly Chin is a litigation associate in the Public Entity Group at Allen, Glaessner, Hazelwood & Werth, a trial boutique firm located in San Francisco. Kimberly represents and defends public entities, including municipalities, transit districts, special districts, and recreation districts, against a variety of claims, specializing in premises liability and personal injury cases. She also provides risk management advice and training through seminars and presentations. Kimberly earned her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Boston College Law School, where she served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Managing Editor of the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice. Kimberly has been an dedicated member of the Bay Area Asian American legal community since 2010. Prior to being elected to the Board of AABA, she was an active member of the AABA Civil Rights, Community Service, and Women’s Committee. She served as co-chair of the Women’s Committee from 2013-2015. Since 2010, she has also volunteered with and fundraised for Asian American Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus as a member of the Annual Dinner Committee.
MICHELLE PARK CHIU
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.
KRISTY YOUNG COLEMAN
Goodwin Procter LLP
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.
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.