Alan Chen is an associate at McGuireWoods LLP and focuses his practice on private equity and mergers & acquisitions. He has also worked at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Office of the General Counsel for the Governor of Illinois, and as a Senior Analyst in Global Finance for Burger King Corporation. Mr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Chicago, where he competed as a member of the Men’s Varsity Swim Team.
Frank Gao is a registered patent attorney and chemist. Mr. Gao has counseled corporate clients and individual inventors, since 2009, in a wide variety of patent matters, securing patents in chemical, mechanical, material science, medical technologies, and litigating patents and trademark matters all around the U.S. His specialty is patent drafting and litigating, prosecution and strategic development of high-value patent portfolios. Prior to joining the Beem Team, Mr. Gao worked for another prominent Chicago patent law firm and he was in-house patent counsel at Sandvik. Before Sandvik, he was a patent agent/attorney at a law firm in California. Before entering law school, Mr. Gao worked at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) editorial division, where he analyzed and built database entries for patents in fields of pharmaceuticals, polymer, and material science, as well as supervised associates on building databases projects, and reengineering entry input system. Mr. Gao also worked at Princeton Biomolecules where he synthesized customized peptides via solid-state synthesis.
Yankun Guo is Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Yankun Guo, where she advises financial services and technology (FinTech) clients on corporate, securities, and regulatory issues. She also advises businesses involved in distributed ledger technologies and blockchain. Previously, she was Regulatory Counsel at Opportunity Financial, LLC. Ms. Guo also worked at CME Group’s Transactions and Commercial Relations Group and Corporate Compliance team. Ms. Guo received a B.S. in Actuarial Science and a B.A in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. She is on the board of the Asian American Bar Association.
Vincent Kan is a Hearing Officer with the Illinois Department of Revenue's Board of Appeals. He hears petitions for relief from Department penalties and interest as well as offers-in-compromise on final state tax assessments. Previously, Mr. Kan served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Revenue Litigation Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General where he practiced 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 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. Ms, Kao 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. Ms. Kao 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 is currently an Assistant Vice President of Executive Liability at Thompson Flanagan where she provides insurance options to private equity clients. Prior to this role, Ms. Kumar 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, Ms. Kumar has been involved in the Chinese-American and wider Asian-American community. She looks forward to making relationships in CABA and helping further the bonds in the Chicago Asian-American legal community throughout her service on the Board. Ms. Kumar graduated from the Illinois College of Law and is licensed to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court.
Youyang "Mona" Li is an attorney with the National Immigrant Justice Center's Children's Protection Project. Ms. Li has worked on various immigration issues in both the public and private sectors. She has also provided guidance to homeowners facing mortgage foreclosure. Ms. Li received her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law and her BA in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Michigan.
Kai Lo concentrates his immigration law practice on employment-based immigration matters. He represents a well diverse base of clients across a variety of industries, including solo proprietorships, startups, small-medium size enterprises, multinational companies, publicly traded companies, public school districts, high educational institutions, think-tanks, and not-for-profit organizations. His practice encompasses nonimmigrant visas including B-1s, E-1s, E-2s, E-3s, H-1Bs, L-1As, L-1Bs, O-1s, and TNs, PERM labor certifications, immigrant visas, citizenship and I-9 compliance. He represents clients of high-volume nonimmigrant visa filing, complex L blanket, L-1A and L-1B petitions, and PERM filing and audits and BALCA appeals. He has counseled corporate clients on establishing corporate immigration policies and handbooks inclusive of immigration-related legal and LGBT issues. Mr. Lo has also represented clients of outstanding achievements in their EB-1A and EB-1B filing and has filed Immigrant Petition with a National Interests Waiver for certain foreign entrepreneurs. He also represents individual foreign investor clients in their EB-5 immigrant petitions through direct investment or regional center pilot projects. Mr. Lo serves as pro bono attorney with the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Resurrection Projects and the Immigration Clinic of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Mr. Lo speaks, reads, and writes English, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.
Huy Nguyen is an associate at Axiom Managed Solutions where he negotiates commercial contracts for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, focusing on information technology, data protection, and healthcare compliance. He was previously an associate at a consumer bankruptcy law firm providing financial guidance to debtors to navigate their Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings. M.r Nguyen is also an active volunteer at the monthly Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic, providing free legal consultation to clients on various matters, including landlord-tenant, employment, family, and personal injury disputes. He received his BBAs in Marketing and International Business from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Tony Shu concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, immigration and naturalization, corporate and business transactions serving immigrants from Asian countries since 1980. He volunteers in the Chinese community as a host on a radio program on legal issues and elected three terms as the Chairman of the Board and four terms as the President of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, an institution representing Chicago’s Chinese community to promote its economic, social, cultural and political interests. He currently serves as a Director of the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Mr. Shu was recognized by the Cook County State’s Attorney for his service to the Asian communities with the Asian Pacific American Community Service Award; the Chinese American Bar Association for his contribution to the legal profession as a distinguished Chinese American attorney with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Chicago Bar Association for promoting access to the legal community with the prestigious Vanguard Award. He served as an Illinois Delegate at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012 and Philadelphia in 2016. Mr. Shu is married to Yvonne for 39 years and they have three adult children, Adam, David and Sarah.
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 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. Mr. Tan 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 also handled many patent appeals, Inter Partes Review (IPR), and Post Grant Review (PGR). 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, artificial intelligence technology, and LCD and LED devices.
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.
Shaun Zhang is an associate at Goldman Ismail, a national trial firm headquartered in Chicago. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Zhang focuses on litigating cases which often involve a range of complex technologies such as electrical systems, telecommunications, medical devices, and computer software. Prior to joining Goldman Ismail, Mr. Zhang worked as in-house patent counsel for Hewlett Packard and practiced at intellectual property boutique McAndrews, Held & Malloy. Mr. Zhang graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech and earned his law degree at Georgetown Law, where he was student body president. He currently serves as co-chair of the Patent Subcommittee of NAPABA and serves on the boards of the Asian American Bar Foundation, Georgetown Law’s Recent Alumni Advisory Council, the Chicago Council for the American Writers Museum, the Associate Board of Chicago Scholars, and the Junior Board of the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter.
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 immediate 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. Gary is currently a member of NAPABA’s Board of Governors.
Jing Zhao is an associate at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, where she assists public and private corporate clients with matters related to mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture financing, and general corporate governance. Ms. Zhao has also worked as a mergers and acquisitions tax associate at a big four accounting firm, where she provided tax advisory services to multinational corporations, partnerships and private equity firms in the areas of tax planning for acquisitions and divestitures, distressed company restructurings, and federal tax due diligence. She received her LLM in Taxation from Northwestern University and JD from University of Arkansas, both with honors.
Yan Zong is an associate at Merz & Associates P.C. , a boutique trademark and copyright litigation firm. Prior to joining this firm, she worked at The Evans International Law Firms LLC, representing clients in cases involving breach of contract, intellectual property, defamation, foreclosure and business transaction. Ms. Zong obtained her law degree from the DePaul University College of Law. She is licensed to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and regularly volunteers at the Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic.