Ann Chen is Senior Counsel at Abbott Laboratories, working on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She previously served as Abbott’s first full-time attorney focusing on social media and digital matters. She also serves as Chair of the Abbott Legal Department's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team and was a 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. Ms. Chen graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science and obtained her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, followed by a federal clerkship with Judge Adalberto Jordan in the Southern District of Florida. She started her career at Kirkland & Ellis and was formerly global trademark counsel at Mars, Incorporated. The National Law Journal named Ann a "Top 40 Under 40 - Chicago's Rising Stars."
Michael Chu is a partner with McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago. Michael focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law. As an experienced litigator for over 28 years, Mr. Chu handles complex IP cases before the federal courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Chu also supervises the prosecution of patent and trademark applications and leads inter partes review teams before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Chu also has extensive experience working with domestic and international clients on cross-border transactions, IP portfolio growth, licensing, government regulation, outsourcing and import/export issues in Asia and Europe.
Attorney June Htun has been practicing Immigration and Nationality Law since 2009. She is tri-lingual in English, Spanish and Burmese. Ms. Htun graduated from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois with a Juris Doctor degree. She is a solo practitioner with an office in Chicago, Illinois. The majority of her practice is in U.S. Immigration and Nationality 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 federal litigation before various U.S. Circuit and District courts nationwide.
Sharon A. Hwang is a shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., where she focuses her practice on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling. She provides strategic counsel to clients regarding complex patent disputes involving a wide variety of technologies from medical devices to cellular telephony to consumer products. Ms. Hwang has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and an IP Star since 2015, and was recently named one of World Intellectual Property Review’s Influential Women in IP 2020 and one of Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in Law 2020. Ms. Hwang is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Chicago Legal Clinic, Vice-Chair of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, and President-Elect of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Board for the University of Illinois. She received the Justice Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award from CABA in 2018, and the Vanguard Award from CABA in 2016.
Nathan Leong is a technology attorney and leads the legal and government affairs team for Microsoft U.S. Health & Life Sciences on a variety of matters including complex cloud and AI transactions, regulatory policy and compliance, and overall legal strategy and execution. He speaks and writes regularly on technology innovation, cloud and AI, data protection, and digital health. In addition to CABA, Mr. Leong co-chairs NAPABA’s health law committee, serves on the board of the AABA-Chicago Law Foundation and recently completed a term as at-large member of the LCLD Fellows Executive Council.
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. Mr. Mondero is a first-generation immigrant, born in the Philippines, when his family moved to Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in 1971. Mr. Mondero received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana, his Juris Doctor from Indiana University at Bloomington, and his Master of Law Degree in Real Estate from John Marshall Law School. After some time practicing commercial real estate law, Mr. Mondero 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. Mr. Mondero is a past President of the Asian American Bar Association and the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago. Among his current activities, he sits on the Board of Directors for Illinois Partners for Human Services and on the national board for the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. Mr. Mondero also serves on Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Advisory Collective, and various other community advisory boards, including the University of Illinois at Chicago and Truman College.
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.
Andy Wang is a partner at Wang Austin LLC, a boutique law firm that practices exclusively in the employee benefits and executive compensation area. He advises public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions all over the country 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. Mr. Wang 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. Mr. Wang 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. Mr. Wang earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Kimberly Wong is Assistant General Counsel, Cat Digital Lead Counsel, at Caterpillar Inc. In her role, she advises leadership and business teams responsible for bringing digital and technology capabilities to Caterpillar products and services. With almost one million connected assets worldwide, Caterpillar is focused on using data, technology, advanced analytics, and AI capabilities to help customers build a better world. Prior to joining Caterpillar, she was senior counsel at McDonald’s Corporation and an associate at Baker Hostetler LLP. She received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden.
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. Ms. Yang 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. Ms. Yang 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 represents clients in high-stake and complex business litigation matters nationwide. A partner in SmithAmundsen LLC’s commercial litigation group, Mr. Zhao 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. Mr. Zhao has been recognized by NAPABA as one of Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2015. He is the past President of the Chinese American Bar Association and is a recipient of the Presidential Leadership Award from the organization. Mr. Zhao 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. Mr. Zhao is currently a member of NAPABA’s Board of Governors.