Welcome to the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California. KABA-SoCal is a pro-bono organization of attorneys and law students promoting excellence in the practice of law and providing direct support for the underserved Los Angeles community-at-large.
KABA-Socal assists the Korean-American community by providing volunteers for monthly pro-bono legal clinics for the underserved, publicizing important political and social issues, promoting the advancement of exceptional attorneys, hosting MCLE events, and providing numerous networking opportunities with other organizations. KABA-SoCal also provides significant financial support to non-profits, hosts law-student career panels, and offers the mentor-mentee program.
The KABA Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides a tax-deductible vehicle for members to make donations to support the KABA Foundation’s pro-bono clinics, fellowships and scholarships.
Your annual membership dues are critical to support KABA-Socal’s pro-bono community efforts.
Benefits of Becoming a Member of KABA
Want to network with fellow, like-minded attorneys and law students? KABA-Socal is a great way to build friendships while helping the community. Many events are free for members.
Kaba-Socal provides scholarships and fellowships to law students and recent graduates. Become a member to hear about opportunities when they become available. Membership is free for law students.
The Mentorship program organizes attorneys and law student pods based on practice areas. The program is very popular among members and launches new pods every January. Join membership today to become a part of the next class.
Continuing Legal Education
KABA-Socal’s new MCLE platform provides excellent legal education while allowing our members to meet their MCLE requirements. Visit the “Members Only” section to view our videos. We launched the platform in 2015 and the video library will continue to grow over time as we host new MCLE events. KABA-Socal hosts many MCLE events every year.
Our Executive Committee
Vivian I. Kim is Vice President and Corporate Counsel at Hanmi Bank. Prior to going in-house, Vivian was with Dykema Gossett LLP, handling a wide range of complex business and intellectual property litigation matters, including patent, copyright, trade secret and right of privacy claims, class action defense, and real estate disputes. Vivian received her B.A. in History and Classical Civilizations from U.C. Berkeley in 2004, and her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2010. Vivian is President of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA) and a Regional Governor for the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL).
Brian Kang is a partner at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. Mr. Kang has experience in a broad range of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of commercial, retail, multifamily and industrial properties. In particular, he has unique experience in medical property transactions. Mr. Kang has also practiced extensively on office and retail leasing.
David Yang is a Senior Associate in the litigation group of LimNexus LLP, where his practice is focused on business and commercial litigation. Previously, David practice focused on professional liability litigation principally involving lawyers, white-collar litigation and professional licensing defense. In his eighth year of practice, his experience includes representing clients in matters involving shareholder disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, real property issues, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, professional liability, legal malpractice, professional licensing, and fee disputes. During law school, he worked as a law clerk in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. David obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School and attended undergrad at UCLA. David currently serves as the Secretary of KABA.
Kay Suh is an associate at Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey, where she represents clients in a wide range of matters, including business and corporate transactions, international arbitration, commercial and contract disputes, and employment law. Ms. Suh’s prior experience includes transactional matters in general and entertainment & sports related fields, e-discovery in patent infringement litigation, and tort liability. Ms. Suh speaks, reads, and writes Korean fluently and handles communication verbally and in writing with Korean-speaking clients.
Ms. Suh earned her B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, Irvine and received her J.D. from Golden Gate University, School of Law, where she received honors scholarship. During law school, Ms. Suh participated in the Summer Abroad Program at Sungkyunkwan University, School of Law in Seoul, Korea, and also interned at the Constitutional Court of Korea and Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). Ms. Suh is also an active member of the International Association of Korean Lawyers.
Joon Hur is a corporate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP with a practice that focuses on advising public and private companies, investment funds, fund sponsors and financial institutions in a variety of corporate finance and capital markets transactions, joint ventures and strategic investments, corporate governance and other corporate and business matters. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Mr. Hur practiced in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Mr. Hur graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as an executive officer of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and a senior editor of the Journal of International Economic Law. Prior to attending law school, he worked in information technology consulting and software engineering. Mr. Hur received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as the president of the Korean Students Association.
Board of Governors
Alex Cha has significant experience in transactional and litigation matters. He has represented clients in matters including employment law, real estate, business litigation and transactions, real estate litigation, landlord and tenant issues, personal injury, and consumer law.
Alex has been pro-actively serving the community. He is former President of Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council, former Vice President of Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, former Treasurer of Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, former Commissioner of the Rent Adjustment Commission for the City of Los Angeles, and former Commissioner of Industrial Development Authority for the City of Los Angeles.
Alex graduated from University of California, Irvine. He spent a hot summer in Saudi Arabia in 1991 as a US Army solider in Operation Desert Storm. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is a fellow of NetKAL (“Network of Korean American Leaders”).
Angie Chang is a Staff Attorney in the Asian & Pacific Islander Outreach Special Project. She assists the API Directing Attorney in overseeing the seven language lines used to provide API Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals and families access to LAFLA’s legal services or access to referrals for more appropriate legal or social services and is responsible for keeping the language lines staffed by law clerks and volunteers. As a part of community outreach, Angie staffs monthly legal clinics in Koreatown, Los Angeles and a domestic violence clinic in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Substantively, Angie works with survivors of domestic violence in their immigration and family law matters, keeping families together and safe.
Sandra Chung is a Staff Attorney in the Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA. She practices family law, predominately serving low-income, limited-English proficient, domestic violence survivors. Prior to her work with Advancing Justice, she worked as a Staff Attorney for the Eviction Defense Center of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), assisting low-income tenants facing eviction. She also worked as a law clerk for the Asian & Pacific Islander Community Outreach Unit of LAFLA, assisting survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking obtain family law and immigration relief. She obtained her B.A. from UC Irvine and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, where she was awarded as a Public Interest Scholar.
Sunna Choi is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP who specializes in corporate finance, including private equity-related corporate finance transactions, secured and unsecured syndicated financings, private placements of debt, restructuring transactions, and distressed debt investments. She frequently represents borrowers, private equity sponsors, agents, institutional lenders, and holders of senior and subordinated debt. Sunna graduated from Yonsei University in Korea, received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and also received an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Sunna is the program chair of the Commercial Law Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and a member of the Corporations Committee of the State Bar of California.
Sandy J. Chun is the sole shareholder of the Law Office of Sandy J. Chun, PC and specializes in trust and estate law. Ms. Chun assists clients in setting up trust and estate plans, with probate and with litigation. Some of her litigation successes include obtaining a $4.8 million judgment in a financial elder abuse case (also prevailed on appeal), $2.6 million judgment in a will contest case (also prevailed on appeal) and a judgment upholding a prenuptial agreement valued at $2.4 million (not appealed).
Sandy J. Chun was admitted to the California bar in 1999. Ms. Chun received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1996 and her Juris Doctor from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 1999. At U.C. Hastings, she served as the Notes Editor for the Hastings Women’s Law Journal. Ms. Chun was also awarded two American Jurisprudence Awards for Best Brief in Moot Court and Best Oral Argument in Moot Court.
Ms. Chun currently serves as the president-elect of the Berkeley Korean-American Alumni Association.
Janet Chung is litigation and white collar attorney with Holland & Knight LLP. She represents clients across a variety of sectors, including retail, automotive, manufacturing, real estate, healthcare, casino gaming, entertainment, aviation and emerging technologies.
Ms. Chung focuses her litigation practice on corporate and individual clients in a wide range of matters, including complex commercial disputes, consumer class actions, product liability litigation, and securities and antitrust litigation in state and federal courts. As part of her white collar practice, Ms. Chung represents corporations and private individuals in civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions before state and federal agencies, including the DOJ and SEC. Ms. Chung also represents companies in aviation accident investigations, acting as counsel to manufacturers and owners of commercial spacecraft and experimental aircraft on significant accident investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Rex Hwang is a registered Patent Attorney and partner at Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP. Mr. Hwang has extensive experience with nearly all aspects of intellectual property law, including intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, negotiating licensing disputes, handling AIA proceedings (such as IPRs, CBMs and PGRs) at the United States Patent And Trademark Office, and counseling relating to intellectual property procurement and development.
In particular, Mr. Hwang has handled patent litigation and prosecution matters covering a wide range of technologies and products including mobile communication devices, flash memory devices, LED lights, semiconductors, medical devices, consumer chemical products, and computer hardware and software. He has also handled numerous trademark and copyright litigation matters involving, among other things, trademarks relating to major consumer electronic products, trade dress relating to automobile parts, copyrights relating to fabric designs, and even defended against joke theft allegations on behalf of a major late night talk show host. The clients that Mr. Hwang has represented range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses.
Mr. Hwang is currently admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern district of California, and the Eastern District of Texas. Prior to joining Glaser Weil, Mr. Hwang worked at intellectual property law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mr. Hwang received both his J.D. and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Hwang is also an active member of both the legal and local community. In addition to his involvement in KABA, Mr. Hwang is the Director of Administration for NAAAP-LA, as well as the Big 12 LA Liaison for the KU Alumni Association. Mr. Hwang is also an active member of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Association and the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. Mr. Hwang also pens the “Federal Circuit Report” column in “New Matter,” which is the official publication of the Intellectual Property Section for the State Bar of California.
Karen E. Jung recently joined Gerard Fox Law, P.C. as a Partner at its Century City office focusing her practice on commercial litigation and transactional work. She has an extensive and broad background when it comes to meeting legal needs of her clients. Before being back in private practice, Ms. Jung was the head of the legal department for Samsung E&C America, Inc., the construction and engineering company of the Samsung Group for North America and South America (“Samsung”). There, she led the Samsung general contractor team in connection with negotiating and structuring the largest civil project deal in Canada’s history (with the total contract value of CAD $8.3 Billion). Prior to her Samsung tenure, Ms. Jung was a Partner at a regional firm servicing the following industries as a litigator and outside general counsel: construction, design companies, religious groups, trucking, warehousing, logistics, biotech, pharmaceutical, food, specialty apparel manufacturers/wholesalers/
Jessica is an attorney at Littler Mendelson and has led heavily litigated and complex cases from conception through resolution, whether it is an informal settlement, mediation or an arbitration trial. She represents employers in state, federal and administrative courts and before the California Labor Commissioner, and Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Department of Labor Enforcement Standards.
Jessica has also lectured on California Wage and Hour Laws. She provides harassment and retaliation training and provides clients with advice and counsel on human resource decisions in all aspects of employment law.
Christian T. Kim is a shareholder at Dumas & Kim, APC. Mr. Kim is certified as a bankruptcy law specialist by The State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization and has extensive experience in representing trustees, debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings. Since 2010, Mr. Kim has handled over 340 bankruptcy matters, including Chapter 7, 11, and 13 cases and over 90 adversary proceedings. Mr. Kim has considerable experience litigating fraudulent transfer, preference and nondischargeability litigation in the bankruptcy courts.
Mr. Kim also represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of commercial litigation matters. However, Mr. Kim’s commercial litigation practice focuses on debt collection litigation. Mr. Kim offers flexible fee arrangements and may handle commercial litigation cases on a contingency fee.
Mr. Kim graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in 1999 and received his J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2003. Mr. Kim is on the Board of Governors for the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California. In addition, Mr. Kim is a member of the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, and Orange County Bankruptcy Forum. Mr. Kim is fluent in Korean.
Lloyd Lee, Esq. is a corporate and general business lawyer providing advice and counsel to entrepreneurs, business startups and corporations on critical business issues. Lloyd serves as outside corporate counsel in a wide range of industries from tech startups to solar companies to the largest esports production company and egaming league in the world as covered on espn.com.
Lloyd Lee, Esq. received his Juris Doctorate from the Temple Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia,PA and is a graduate of Temple Law’s award-winning Integrated Transactional Program, previously voted the #1 transactional program by the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. During law school, Lloyd also served on the executive board of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.
Jin Lew whose law firm of Michels & Lew represents consumers and patients in the area of complex catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice law. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles. Over the last decade, Jin has been recognized by his peers as a California Super Lawyer in the area of Plaintiff’s medical malpractice law and named to the Best Lawyers list in the nation in Plaintiff’s personal injury law. Jin has been included on the list of National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 and was a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California Lawyer of the Year for 2014. Jin is a Fellow in Trial Advocacy with the Litigation Counsel of America. He has been invited to speak on the evolution of personal injury and medical malpractice law by the UCLA School of Law, Loyola Law School and Southwestern Law School. Jin is a Past President of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California for 2015 and has served on the Board of Governors of KABA for the last seven years. In his spare time, Jin is a black belt instructor in the martial art of judo.
Susan S. Park is an attorney at Freid and Goldsman, APLC, a firm specializing in family law, including, high asset complex litigation, international custody disputes, paternity, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She received KABA’s Pro Bono award in 2007, and has served on the KABA Board of Governors since 2009. She is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Park received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, and a B.A. in Social Ecology and a Minor in Spanish from U.C. Irvine.
Bryan Rhie is an associate at Weston & McElvain LLP practicing in the areas of insurance coverage litigation and general business litigation. Mr. Rhie joined Weston & McElvain LLP after graduating from Loyola Law School in 2012. While in law school, Mr. Rhie participated as a Certified Law Student in the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the school’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy.
In addition, Bryan Rhie externed for both the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow in the United States District Court of the Central District of California. During Mr. Rhie’s last year in law school, he was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society.
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