Board of Directors

Keven Chin

Keven's practice focuses on corporate matters, including private equity and venture capital investments, M&A, employment, executive compensation, business formation, IP licensing, and general corporate counseling. Keven also advises RIA clients on their obligations under federal securities laws and review regulatory filings, policies and procedures for compliance with applicable law and best practices.

Summer Du

Summer is a senior compliance associate at Discover Financial Service. She performs on-site financial audits and process reviews on debt collection firms. Since the first year of law school, she has been a regular volunteer at Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic. Summer holds a Bachelor degree in Management from Beijing Sports University, Master in Science from Indiana University Bloomington, and Juris Doctor from DePaul College of Law.

Vince Kan

Vincent Kan is an Assistant Attorney General in the Revenue Litigation Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General. He practices primarily in state and local taxation as well as creditor's rights law. He has been lead trial counsel on several state income tax, sales/use tax, property tax, and state excise tax matters. Mr. Kan has also been a speaker at both the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and Chicago Bar Association Federal Tax subcommittees.

He earned his LLM in Taxation in 2010 and JD in 2008 from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his BS in Information Systems from University of Maryland, College Park in 2005. He is admitted to the bars of Illinois (2008), New Jersey (2008), and New York (2009).

Rachel Kao

Rachel Huan Kao is an attorney licensed to practice in Illinois, with a solo practice dedicated to immigration law. She serves AILA Chicago Chapter on various committees. She also serves Chinese American Bar Association - Chicago on the Board of Directors. She is a past board member and Treasurer of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, past Treasurer of Chinese American Bar Association – Chicago, and past board member of Asian American Bar Association – Chicago. Rachel is actively involved in the ISBA Minority Bar Association CLE program, enforcement of the Unauthorized Practice of Law, and has often spoken on immigration issues to the community.

Rachel is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (JD), the University of Illinois School of Public Health (MPH), and Washington University in St. Louis College of Arts and Sciences (AB).

Yasmine Kumar

Yasmine is currently the Assistant Vice President of Executive Liability at Thompson Flanagan where she provides insurance options to private equity clients. Prior to this role, Yasmine was an Associate in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and a Tax Associate in the Multistate Tax Services group at Deloitte Tax LLP. Throughout her personal and professional life, Yasmine has been involved in the Chinese and Asian-American community. She looks forward to making relationships in CABA and helping further the bonds between the Asian-American legal community throughout her service on the Board. Yasmine graduated from the Illinois College of Law and is licensed to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Ernest Ling

Ernest Yi Ling has been a member of the CABA since the early 1990’s.  During his time with CABA, he has served as an officer and a CABA board member, and has worked on projects ranging from community outreach, voter and legal education, to the establishment of scholarship programs at a number of Chicago-area law schools.  Ernest began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Lake County, Illinois, and is currently an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University, where he has taught trial advocacy and civil pretrial litigation.  Ernest is a graduate of Carleton College and the Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Tony Shu

Tony Shu is the principal attorney of the Law Offices of Tony T. Shu and he concentrates his practice in real estate, immigration and naturalization, corporate and business transactions. He has counseled thousands of clients from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan and other Asian countries in fulfilling their dreams of coming to America to begin a new chapter of their lives as immigrants.  Mr. Shu is licensed to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, Federal Court for the 7th Circuit, Federal Appellate Court, United States Supreme Court and United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, a licensed Patent attorney, Professional Engineer and Real Estate Broker.

Elaine Sit

Elaine Sit, in addition to being a long-time director of CABA, is a past officer, serving as secretary.  Before attending law school at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, she was a media consultant in Northern California.  She has lived and worked in San Francisco and Atlanta, where she was engaged in management as well as film and video production at local television news stations, Skywalker Ranch and CNN Headline News.  She is a Chicago native with deep roots in the Chinese American community where she was Development Director at Chinese American Service League and legal advisor to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the Chicago chapter of Chinese Freemasons.  Elaine is currently a solo practitioner and Guardian ad litem in the Cook County Probate Division.  She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Rhetoric and an M.A. in English Literature.

Hao Tan

Hao Tan is a partner at Arch & Lake LLP. He works closely with clients in Asia and U.S. to obtain IP protections all over the world. Hao has both a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. His technical experience and language skills are invaluable to his clients in a global marketplace. Hao has drafted freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, patentability, and invalidity opinions. In addition to his prosecution work, he provides advice to prospective and existing clients about patent strategies in the U.S. and China. He has handled patent appeals before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He works with a broad spectrum of technologies including: communication systems, data processing systems, analog and digital circuits, medical imaging systems, smartphones and wearable devices, microprocessor architectures, signal processing devices, semiconductor devices, financial instruments and trading as well as LCD and LED devices.

George Wu

George is well-versed in all areas of intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on biomedical-related subject matters. With a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, George counsels clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries regarding patent applications, and trademark and copyright registrations. In addition, he represents clients in Inter Partes reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission, and intellectual property litigations at the federal district courts. With respect to generic drug companies, George has exceptional experience with ANDA litigation. Moreover, he is fluent in Chinese and represents clients that conduct business primarily in Asia, as well as Asian clients looking to do business in the United States.

Virginia Yang

Virginia Yang practices environmental, natural resources and conservation law and currently serves as legal counsel at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Her work includes USEPA Superfund matters, FEMA grants & appeals, and administrative rule making. Most notably, she served as Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Natural Resources in the 2014 Lake Michigan Water Allocation issue and was appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General for IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals in 2009.  Virginia obtained her law degree from the DePaul University College of Law and her M.S. and B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Virginia is the first recipient of the 2016 Justice Laura Liu Lifetime Achievement Service Award from the Chinese American Bar Association for her work with CABA, including as President from 1995-2002.

Gary Zhao

Gary represents clients in high-stake and complex business litigation matters nationwide. A partner in SmithAmundsen LLC’s commercial litigation group, Gary has secured victories through both trial and arbitration for his client in cases involving breach of contract, intellectual property, false advertising, unfair competition, business fraud and other disputes. Gary has been recognized by NAPABA as one of Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2015. He is the immediate past President of the Chinese American Bar Association and is a recipient of the Presidential Leadership Award from the organization. Gary is a past board member of AABA Chicago and received its Member of the Year Award in 2010. He was recognized as one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Gary is currently a member of NAPABA’s Board of Governors.