Advisory Board

Michael Chu

Michael Chu is a partner with McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago. Michael focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, including litigation, opinions and prosecution relating to a variety of technologies and brands.

In his litigation practice, Michael handles patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters, including trials in complex utility and design patent cases, appellate practice before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Michael also practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office handling patent and trademark applications, appeals, and post-grant proceedings, including inter-partes reviews (IPRs).Michael also has extensive experience working with clients on litigation, licensing, regulation, outsourcing and import/export issues in Asia and Europe.

Leveraging his litigation and enforcement experience, Michael advises his clients on the tactical and strategic creation and management of IP portfolios, including audits, competitive analyses, prosecution optimization, foreign filing planning and post grant proceedings to maximize the growth and value of his client’s IP assets.

Outside of the office, Michael has held various leadership positions in bar associations and other organizations focusing on diversity and the Asian Pacific American community.  He is a former president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), a former president of the NAPABA Law Foundation, and has been a board member of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, the Filipino American Bar Association, the AABA Law Foundation, the Korean American Bar Association, and the Chinese American Bar Association. Michael is also the current board chair of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. In the non-legal world, Michael serves as the current board chair of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago, a national affiliate organization that is dedicated to empowering the Asian American community.

Michael is also a professional photographer and filmmaker who has produced dozens of projects for various non-profit organizations, including High Jump, the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, the House of Ruth Maryland, the Latin School of Chicago and various corporations. He is also a photographer for Flashes of Hope, an organization dedicated to creating powerful and uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Courtney Fong

Courtney Fong is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Castle Creek Arbitrage LLC and Adjunct Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Courtney is the Second Vice President of AABA Chicago and Vice President-Elect for Finance and Development of NAPABA, where he co-chairs its Investment Committee. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the NAPABA Law Foundation, Courtney sits on the ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and is a Business Law Fellow for the ABA Section of Business Law. Courtney received a Juris Doctor from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, a Master of Business Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Communication from Northwestern University. He is a regular speaker on diversity and inclusion issues and was recently a TEDx speaker.

June Htun

Attorney June Htun has been practicing Immigration Law since 2009. She is tri-lingual in English, Spanish and Burmese. June graduated from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois with a Juris Doctor degree. June is a solo practitioner with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Aurora, Illinois. The majority of her practice is in U.S. Immigration Law, concentrating on: removal/deportation proceedings, humanitarian visas and family based immigration. She appears at U.S. immigration courts, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services field offices throughout the U.S. June also practices before the U.S. Circuit and U.S. District courts.    

Sharon Hwang

Sharon A. Hwang is a shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., where she focuses her practice on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling and launched the firm’s Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship.  She has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer, an IP Star, a Mandarin Leader, and was previously recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the country by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  Last year, Sharon served as counsel for Petitioners in a closely-watched Supreme Court case involving the standard for awarding enhanced damages under the Patent Act. After prevailing in the Supreme Court, Sharon served as lead counsel on the remand of that case, where judgment was recently entered in favor of her client for more than $254 million.  Sharon is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Legal Clinic and the Secretary of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. She serves on the Board of Directors of the AABA Law Foundation, the Chinese American Bar Association, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Board for the University of Illinois.  Sharon is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, a Past-President of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (“AABA”), and Immediate Past-President of the AABA Law Foundation. In 2016, Sharon was honored with the Vanguard Award by the Chinese American Bar Association, and in 2015, she received the Sandra R. Otaka Leadership Award from AABA and the Advocate for Diversity Award from the Diversity Scholarship Foundation.  

Dennis Mondero

Dennis Mondero has served as Executive Director of Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) since August 2013, after serving for approximately ten years on CMAA’s Board of Directors.

Dennis is a first-generation immigrant, born in the Philippines, when his family moved to Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in 1971.  Dennis received his bachelor’s (BA) degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana, his law degree (JD) from Indiana University at Bloomington, and his master of law degree (LLM) in Real Estate from John Marshall Law School.  

After some time practicing commercial real estate law, Dennis later joined the City of Chicago as Chief Counsel for the Department of Buildings, then subsequently held positions as Deputy Buildings Commissioner, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer for the CTA.

Dennis is a past President of the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) and the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago.  Among his current activities, Dennis sits on the Board of Directors for Illinois Partners for Human Services, a state-wide coalition of over 850 non-profit organizations, and on the national board for NAFFAA, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations.  Dennis also serves on Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Advisory Collective, and various other community advisory boards, such as for the University of Illinois at Chicago and Truman College.

 

Darryl Tom

Darryl Tom is of counsel to Shaw Legal Services, Ltd., and concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and public finance.  He received a B.A. in economics from Cornell University, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

He has represented clients in various litigation matters from inception to trial, including matters involving consumer fraud, products liability, construction disputes, and real estate litigation matters.  On the public finance side, he has worked on transactions for the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority, as well as various educational institutions and hospitals.

Mr. Tom is a past president of the Chinese American Bar Association of Chicago,  past president of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, board member of Erie Family Health Center, board member of the Lynn Sage Foundation, and former board member of the Chinese American Service League.  He was a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow in 1999-2000, and received the Business Leaders of Color Award from Chicago United in 2009.

Lei Shen

Lei Shen is a partner in the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy and Technology Transactions practices in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. Lei focuses her practice on data privacy and security, technology and business process outsourcing, and information technology transactions. Lei has passed the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) certification exam offered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She co-chairs the editorial team for the Mayer Brown Business & Technology Sourcing Review newsletter. Lei joined Mayer Brown in 2006.

 

 

Eunkyung Kim Shin

Eunkyung Kim Shin regularly advises multi-national companies on complex international trade, regulatory compliance, and customs and import law related matters. She also counsels on cross-border compliance and commercial issues.  Eunkyung has been serving on the board of CABA since 2013.

Andy Wang

Andy Wang is a partner at Wang Kobayashi Austin, LLC and has over 23 years of experience in the employee benefits and executive compensation area.  He advises public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions on the design, implementation, administration, and compliance issues that arise in connection with all types of employee benefits plans, including retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements, cash and equity-based incentive compensation plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and fringe benefit programs.  Andy also has represented clients on matters before the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor involving determination letter submissions, plan corrections, audits, and penalty assessments, and he has significant experience handling the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of various types of corporate transactions. Andy has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Listing in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  He is a board member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation, and is a past honorary board member of AABA Chicago. Andy earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

David Yen

David Yen recently retired from a 40 year career as a legal aid attorney, representing clients in civil cases, first as a generalist, and then for the last 20 years he specialized in the rights of consumer, especially in bankruptcy matters.  In May 2010 he received the Seventh Circuit Bar Association pro bono and public service award for work in the United States Bankruptcy Courts in the Seventh Circuit. In addition to his service for the Chicago American Bar Association, he is a Board Member of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center.  David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1975.

Arthur Yuan

Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan is the director of the Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center and the Patent Clinic, focusing on educational programs relating to U.S. and Chinese intellectual property rights. Arthur is also an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School and senior counsel at Loeb & Loeb LLC. He brings over 10 years of patent preparation and prosecution experience. In his practice, he prepares and prosecutes the firm's U.S. clients' patent applications and prosecuted the corresponding foreign (EP, CN, NZ, AU, IL, etc.) patent applications relating to electronics, computer systems, software systems, and business methods. He authors patentability opinions and non-infringement/freedom-to-operate opinions, advises U.S. clients on Chinese patent law issues, advised Chinese/Taiwanese clients on U.S. IP laws, litigates patent infringements before the U.S. District Court, ITC proceedings, re-examination proceeding before the USPTO, and practices appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Arthur is also an editor for the AIPLA Quarterly Journal between 2013-2015. His research focuses on a wide range of IP topics, including US patent law, patent preparation/prosecution and American and Chinese comparative IP laws.