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 25 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. 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 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 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.
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. Mr. Ling 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. Mr. Ling is a graduate of Carleton College and the Northern Illinois University College of Law.
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 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, Dennis 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 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 and on the national board for 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, including the University of Illinois at Chicago and Truman College.
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Eunkyung Kim Shin is an associate at Baker McKenzie. She regularly advises multinational companies on complex international trade, regulatory compliance, and customs and import law related matters. She also counsels on cross-border compliance and commercial issues. Ms. Shin has been serving on the board of CABA since 2013.
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.
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. Mr. Yen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1975.
Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan is a senior counsel at Loeb & Loeb LLP’s Chicago office. Since 2004, he has helped U.S. clients with US patent applications and their corresponding foreign patent applications relating to electronics, computer systems, software systems, and business methods. He authors patentability opinions and non-infringement/freedom-to-