This year, the Pathways to Law conference hosted by the Asian American Bar Association will be taking place as an online, live panel series. The purpose of this conference is to encourage college and high school students, especially those from diverse backgrounds, to pursue a law degree. We will discuss career options available with a law degree from the perspective of persons from Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds. The conference features distinguished panelists who have used their law degrees in a variety of ways. This event is FREE for everyone.
Registration is required to attend the conference. As long as you are registered for at least one session, you will get access to all four panels. The link to the event will be provided to you via email.
Our panelists for the Private Law Panel are:
Moderator - Charles Jung, Principal, Nassiri & Jung LLP
Panelist - Angel Garrett, Director at Trucker Huss, APC
Panelist - Elizabeth T. Castillo, Partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP
Panelist - Laurie Lubiano, IP & Product Counsel at The Climate Corporation
Charles Jung is a trial lawyer at Nassiri & Jung LLP, where he defends wage and hour/employment cases and also represents executives and founders in their workplace disputes. Charles is a frequent commentator in the legal press on the topics of class actions, arbitration, and employment law. 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 in 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 the Executive Director for the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association, as an officer for the International Association of Korean Lawyers, and as an Elections Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco. He proudly served as AABA’s 2019 president.
Angel is an attorney specializing in employee benefits and ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act). She counsels and defends clients in matters involving employee benefit plans (e.g. 401(k) plans and employer stock option plans), executive compensation, and health and welfare plans.
Elizabeth T. Castillo
Elizabeth Tran Castillo is a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP and received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 2011. Her practice focuses on complex litigation; specifically, antitrust class actions against international cartels. Ms. Castillo’s successes include representing plaintiffs in the following antitrust class actions in which she serves as lead or co-lead counsel and has secured outstanding results:
In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2311, Master File No. 2:12-md-02311-MOB (E.D. Mich.) ($1.2 billion+ in settlements to date)
In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, No. 3:14-cv-03264-JD (N.D. Cal.) ($80.85 million in settlements to date)
In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2656, No. 1:15-mc-01404-CKK (D.D.C.) ($60 million in settlements to date)
In re Resistors Antitrust Litigation, No. 5:15-cv-03820-JD (N.D. Cal.) ($33.4 million in settlements)
In re Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1913, Case No. 3:07-cv-05634-CRB (N.D. Cal.) ($148.152 million in settlements).
Ms. Castillo received the American Antitrust Institute’s Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice Award in 2019 and Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer Award in 2016 and has appeared on the 2015-2019 Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Stars List.
With a focus in intellectual property (IP) and as a registered patent attorney, Laurie has counseled high-tech clients including independent inventors, start-ups and public companies, and has supported all levels of management. As IP & Product Counsel, Laurie develops and manages The Climate Corporation’s worldwide patent portfolio and serves as lead counsel to Climate’s product and engineering teams. In addition to IP, her work covers licensing, contract negotiation, privacy, employment law, and international expansion. Laurie was recently recognized with a “Best Under 40” award and “In-House Counsel Diversity Leadership Award” from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the “Unity Award” from the Minority Bar Coalition.
Outside of work, Laurie is committed to serving the community. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Laurie to serve on the Medical Board of California, which protects consumers through the licensing and regulation of physicians and other health professionals. Laurie also holds various leadership roles with the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Hispanic National Bar Association, and the National Filipino American Lawyers Association.