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.
Summer Du is an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department, Collections, Ownership, and Administrative Litigation Division. Her practice focuses on debt collection and creditors’ rights. Prior to City of Chicago, Ms. Du worked at a Fortune 500 company as a senior compliance associate. She has also been a regular volunteer at Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic, consulting clients in domestic relation matters. Ms. Du was a clerk of Judge Mark J. Lopez in Cook County, and APALSA president of DePaul University College of Law in 2014-2015. Before law school, She worked as a sports event organizer in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and Coppa Italia 2011.
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 Ladas & Parry LLP, 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.
Helen Ji is an intellectual property attorney at Schiff Hardin LLP. She is experienced in all stages of patent litigation, with a primary focus in life sciences patent litigation. Helen’s past academic and laboratory experiences, including at the National Institutes of Health, allow her to effectively handle a broad range of technologies including biomedical devices, mechanical devices, e-commerce platforms, software, electronic devices, and pharmaceuticals. She additionally has experience in trademark counseling, prosecution, and litigation and has counseled a diverse range of clients, from small startups to established businesses, regarding transactional intellectual property issues. Ms. Ji received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. She is also a member of the Associate Board of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, a member and former executive chair of the Young Professionals Board of Cures Within Reach, and a committee chair of Chicago Women in IP.
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 a 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 associate at Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno, & Lenz-Calvo LTD and focuses her practice on employment-based immigration matters. She has previously worked at Baker McKenzie, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Immigration Project. 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.
Elaine Liu is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. Her practice has encompassed all stages of litigation in federal and state courts as well as arbitration proceedings. She also provides counseling to clients seeking to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws. She has significant experience in a broad range of substantive areas, including primarily the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), labor and employment, consumer class actions, False Claims Act, financial services, and telecommunications. Ms. Liu is also active in the firm’s pro bono program. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Ms. Liu worked as a judicial intern to the Honorable Laura Taylor Swain, Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and as a legal extern for the Bronx Defenders. Ms. Liu received her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and served as Editor-in-Chief and a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Business Law Review, as well as Co-President of the Education Law & Policy Society. Before attending law school, she worked as a management consultant advising corporations on business strategy. Ms. Liu received her AB cum laude with High Honors in Economics from Harvard University.
Jean Liu is an attorney at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP. There, she regularly represents domestic and London-based insurance carriers with respect to financial institution bonds, and commercial crime, employment practices liability, mortgage banker/broker professional liability, and directors and officers liability policies. She also has extensive litigation experience with a wide range of matters including those arising from commercial disputes, medical and legal malpractice, other professional liability, and employment law. Jean regularly handles class action matters rooted in privacy law, including the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and counsels clients with respect to an array of regulatory matters. Jean attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received degrees in cognitive science and anthropology, and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where she received her law degree and served on the executive boards of the Annals of Health Law, Loyola Consumer Law Review, and APALSA. Jean is the immediate Past President of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and also serves as the Second Vice President of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area.
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 four 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 41 years and they have three adult children, Adam, David and Sarah.
Xiang Siow is currently an associate at Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP in the Real Estate and Banking & Corporate Finance Groups. His practice focuses on real estate acquisitions and dispositions, mortgage lending, and leasing, as well as representing lenders and borrowers in structuring, closing and securitizing loans. Mr. Siow has also been an active participant in pro bono matters, both in Chicago and at his prior law firm in New York City. Ms. Siow received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Commissioner of the law school’s intramural basketball league. Prior to law school, he graduated from the University of Chicago and worked in Queens, New York at a non-profit organization focused on assisting immigrant- and minority-owned small businesses.
Elaine Sit, a long-time director of CABA, is also a past officer. She is a Chicago native with deep roots in the Chinese American community where she was Development Director at CASL and legal advisor for the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) and the Chinese Freemasons Chicago chapter. She received CABA’s Justice Laura Liu Lifetime Achievement award in 2020 and was honored by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) in 2018 and 2019 for her participation in the CVLS Pro Bono Clinic at Chinese American Service League (CASL). She also serves on the CVLS Board of Directors.
Before attending law school at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Ms. Sit was a media consultant in Northern California. In San Francisco and Atlanta, she was engaged in news management at KTVU-TV, and WSB-TV, plus film and video production at Skywalker Ranch and CNN Headline News. She is also an accomplished writer and contributor to the ASIAN LAW JOURNAL (University of California at Boalt), 20th CENTURY CHICAGO: 100 YEARS, 100 VOICES (Chicago SUN-TIMES) and FEDERAL LAWYER MAGAZINE (Federal Bar Association), among others.
Elaine is 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.
Dr. George Wu is an experienced Intellectual Property attorney who focuses his practice on biomedical-related matters and cutting-edge technologies. He is experienced in counseling clients on patent applications as well as trademark and copyright registrations, specifically in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, and medical device industries. Dr. Wu also represents clients in Inter Partes Reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission. Alongside 14 years of legal experience, his strong technical background in molecular and cell biology provides him with an additional perspective when advising clients.
Eric Zhi is an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.