Board of Directors 2021 - 2022
APABA-DC is governed by a Board of Directors composed of 10 officers elected by the active membership and 23 attorneys appointed into non-voting positions by the President and confirmed by the elected officers.
President and Elected Officers
President: Ethel Hong Badawi is Co-Founder & Principal of Pollack Badawi Group, LLC a legal recruiting firm based in DC. Ethel has dedicated her professional life to helping individuals find careers that inspire joy and growth. She works with attorneys in strategic decision making to advance their professional careers and find their professional home at law firms, businesses, and the government. In addition to her involvement with APABA-DC, she has served as a Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, Diversity Committee, and Career Development Committee of the Women’s Bar Association in DC. She is a faculty member at the College of Professional Studies at The George Washington University and is a frequent presenter on career and professional development for legal professionals. She has held leadership roles at the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA), and the American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE). Ethel has a B.A. in Spanish and Economics from Wellesley College and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
President-Elect: Yifang Zhao is a corporate counsel in the U.S. Retail legal team at Amazon, where she supports core category teams including Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies and a number of key regulatory compliance initiatives for Amazon’s online store. Prior to joining Amazon, she was a litigator at Haynes & Boone focusing on intellectual property and insurance coverage litigation. Her pre-law school life includes working as a research scientist at Monsanto, living in Japan, and volunteering in Tibet. Yifang earned her J.D. and B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Immediate Past President: Erica Lai manages a full-range of litigation matters as Corporate Counsel, Litigation for Northrop Grumman Corporation, including government and commercial contract claims, employment, environmental, False Claims Act, and insurance disputes. Erica has over a decade of private sector experience, previously working as Counsel at Cohen & Gresser LLP, where she specialized in antitrust, class actions, and white collar defense, and as a litigation and government affairs associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Throughout her career, she has maintained an active pro bono practice, focusing on civil rights issues. She has served on APABA-DC’s Nominations, Education, and Public Policy and Advocacy Committees, and currently serves on the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center’s (APALRC) Board of Directors, the Legal Advisory Board to the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and the Women.Connected Advisory Board to the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. (2d Cir.) and the Honorable Michael M. Baylson (E.D. Pa.). Erica earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College.
Vice President for Communications: Jiazhen (Ivon) Guo is an associate at Morgan Lewis in its Telecommunication, Media and Technology group. Ivon frequently advises US and international technology companies on a broad array of products encompassing diverse technologies, including computer software, electronics, integrated circuit, telecommunications, wireless communications, and semiconductor manufacturing. with regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, state public utility commissions, among many other government agencies. Ivon also counsels investors and companies in the technology sector regarding investment, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border transaction issues. Additionally, Ivon has experience in all phases of patent litigation including pre-trial diligence, drafting of pleadings, motion practice, discovery, claim construction, trial, and appeal.
Vice President for Community Affairs: Yuzhe PengLing is an international trade attorney at the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump. Her practice focuses on trade remedy proceedings, customs compliance, and litigation. Yuzhe regularly represents clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and federal courts. Yuzhe received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Peking University in Beijing, China, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an articles editor on the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law. While in law school, Yuzhe interned at the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Vice President for Education: Lloyd Liu is a partner with Bennett LoCicero & Liu LLP, a litigation boutique in DC. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation. Lloyd received his J.D. from Georgetown Law and his B.A. from Boston College. Aside from serving on the Education Committee, he also has served on APABA-DC’s Community Affairs Committee. In addition to APABA-DC, Lloyd serves on the Board of the William B. Bryant Inn of Court. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia School of Law where he teaches white collar crime.
Vice President for Membership: Sarah Kang is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a Co-Chair of the Women Lawyers Group in the D.C. office. Ms. Kang’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Ms. Kang earned her JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Prior to joining Latham, she was an associate in the private equity group of a large international law firm. Previously, Ms. Kang was a Teach for America corps member in New Orleans. Outside of Latham, she serves on the Young Professionals Committee of Special Olympics DC.
Vice President for Programs: Clinton Yu is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. His practice focuses on international trade matters, including customs and import regulations, export controls (ITAR/EAR) and economic sanctions (OFAC), national security (CFIUS), and trade remedies. Clinton earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Secretary: Sophia Chen is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office for the firm's Mid-Atlantic Transactions group. Sophia assists local and national clients with a broad range of real estate transactions. Her transactional experience includes real estate financing involving multistate transactions, subscription lines and other commercial finance matters, office and retail leasing in commercial and mixed-use properties, acquisitions and sales of commercial and mixed-use properties, commercial project development, and hotel operational matters. Sophia has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wellesley College and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Treasurer: Alexander Yi is an associate at Morgan Lewis in its Structured Transactions practice group. Alex focuses his practice in the areas of securitization and structured finance, representing issuers, underwriters, borrowers, and lenders in a range of transactions, including issuances of mortgage- and asset-backed securities, and acquisitions and financings of various types of assets. He received his B.A from Dartmouth College and J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law.
Appointed Board Members
Assistant Vice President for Communications: Elizabeth Guo is an Associate Chief Counsel at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She counsels the agency on matters involving FDA-regulated products, particularly drugs, and advises the agency on regulations, guidance documents, responses to citizen petitions, and draft legislation, among other matters. Prior to government service, she was an associate in the Food, Drug, and Device group at Covington & Burling. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Assistant Vice President for Community Affairs: Connie Chang
Assistant Vice President for Education: James Billings-Kang is an associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He handles all stages of complex civil litigation at both the state and federal levels throughout the country. His trial and appellate experience has spanned a broad spectrum of legal issues: products liability, real estate, contract disputes, franchise, trade secrets and noncompete, securities, consumer finance, statutory rights, torts, and digital ledger technology. James takes great pride in his pro bono practice assisting immigrants and additionally serves the community by mentoring youth. He earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Classics and Greek from Hampden-Sydney College and then his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he served on the editorial boards of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law and the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. At UVA, James was also a member of UVA Law’s Center for the Study of Race and Law.
Assistant Vice President for Membership: Melissa Nonaka is a DC-based immigration attorney with Lawler & Lawler, a firm located in San Francisco, CA. Melissa counsels US employers, including public and private companies, multinational corporations, start-ups and nonprofit organizations, on options relating to hiring and retaining foreign national employees. She also advises individuals and their family members on immigration matters including family-based permanent residence and naturalization. Melissa represents clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the US Department of Labor, and the US Department of State. Melissa received her JD and Certificate in Comparative and International Law from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law and her BA degree in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Boston College. Melissa was born and raised in San Diego, CA and is fluent in Japanese.
Assistant Vice President for Programs: Rocky Li previously practiced intellectual property law at a firm in Washington, D.C. Before attending law school, Rocky worked as a software engineer developing business analytics software. Rocky received his JD from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree in computer science from Cornell University.
Awards Committee Co-Chair: Vicki Nee is an associate of the Trademark, Copyright, Internet & Advertising Group in the Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices of Perkins Coie. Her practice focuses on trademark and copyright enforcement, domain name matters, prosecution, portfolio management, and licensing. She counsels clients in a variety of industries, including technology, consumer products, fashion, gaming, and entertainment. She received her JD from the UCLA School of Law and her BAs in Political Science and History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In law school, Vicki served on the boards of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association (APILSA), the Asian Pacific Islander Law Journal (APALJ), and the Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA). Vicki speaks Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese fluently.
Awards Committee Co-Chair: Benjamin Cheng is a professor at Georgetown Law, teaching US law in the LL.M. program. Outside of Georgetown, Ben is a co-founder of Perez & Cheng LLC, a diversity & inclusion consultancy, and runs DiversityHive, the legal industry’s only diversity & inclusion newsletter and home of the Big Law Racial Injustice Response Tracker. Ben holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an A.B. from Harvard University.
In-House Committee Co-Chair: Shaila Ohri is an Assistant General Counsel at Exelon Corporation in the Washington, DC office. Exelon is a Fortune 100 energy company that operates in every stage of the energy business: power generation, competitive energy sales, transmission and delivery. Ms. Ohri is responsible for commercial and corporate transactions and her practice consists of negotiating agreements and handling complex transactions for Exelon and its business, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, venture capital, technology and licensing, and other corporate work. Ms. Ohri’s experience also includes work in the Office of Corporate Secretary of Pepco Holdings, a utility subsidiary acquired by Exelon, in corporate governance and securities, and in the General Law group in procurement, electronic discovery / litigation and antitrust, and intellectual property. Prior to joining Exelon, she was an Associate General Counsel at CapitalSource Finance, an associate at Dyer, Ellis & Joseph (combined with Blank Rome), and a clerk to the Honorable Herbert B. Dixon at the D.C. Superior Court. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School where she was an editor for the Journal of International Law and Economics, and her B.A. from the American University.
In-House Committee Co-Chair: Purnima Boominathan
Government Attorneys Forum Co-Chair: Scott Lee specializes in securities, derivatives, and financial policy and regulation. Scott is currently Senior Counsel in the Division of Investment Management at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Before joining the SEC, Scott was Special Counsel in the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight at the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission. At the CFTC, he founded the Association of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the agency’s first affinity group. Prior to joining the CFTC, Scott was an associate in the Government & Internal Investigations Group at Alston & Bird. Before joining Alston & Bird, Scott was in the Regulatory Litigation Group of the General Counsel Department at Credit Suisse. He spent time on the Hill as Legislative Counsel to then Congresswoman Mazie Hirono. Prior to the Hill, Scott worked for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Scott received his LLM in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, his JD from The American University, and his BS in Public Administration from The University of Southern California.
Government Attorneys Forum Co-Chair: Jay Prabhu has been a federal prosecutor for more than 14 years. He currently is the Chief of the Cybercrime Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to government service, he was an associate in the D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Mr. Prabhu has been admitted to the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia bars. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Boston College.
Nominations Co-Chair: Yiyang Wu is a partner at Relman Colfax PLLC, a plaintiffs' side civil rights law firm based in Washington, D.C. Yiyang's practice areas include fair housing, police misconduct, and sexual harassment. Prior to joining the Firm, Yiyang was a law clerk for the Honorable Andre M. Davis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is an adjunct professor at the Howard University School of Law. From 2018 to 2020, she served on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund. Yiyang graduated from Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Nominations Co-Chair: Minsuk Han is an attorney at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C. Minsuk practices primarily in the areas of antitrust law, corporate internal investigations, intellectual property law, complex commercial litigation, and appellate litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Minsuk served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Minsuk is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Seoul National University Business School. Minsuk has served on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund as President (2018-2019) and Vice President (2017-2019).
Partners & Senior Counsel Committee Co-Chair: Daniel Chung is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Dan’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and compliance counseling, and commercial litigation. Dan previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of complex federal criminal cases. Dan grew up in suburban Los Angeles, and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He lives with his wife and two children in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Partners & Senior Counsel Committee Co-Chair: Tony Chan is the leader of the interdisciplinary corporate practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP where he advises clients in the life science, healthcare, investment management and technology sectors on public and private company mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, growth equity and complex international and cross-border transactions, as well as on corporate governance and corporate finance. Tony serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School where he has taught Takeovers, Mergers and Acquisitions since 2015. He is also involved in the community, serving on the board of the Arlington Arts Center and as vice-president of the Harvard Law School Association of DC. Tony earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his BA in English from Tulane University.
Practicing Attorneys Resource Committee Co-Chair: Jane Shin is an associate with Hausfeld LLP. Jane’s practice focuses on complex litigation in predominantly antitrust, commercial and financial disputes, and consumer protection matters. Her litigation and client counseling experience includes acting as trial counsel in civil disputes, managing complex electronic discovery, conducting internal investigations, serving as counsel in an arbitration, and negotiating successful settlements on behalf of her clients. Prior to joining Hausfeld, Jane worked at a litigation firm in Washington, D.C., where she and her team enforced and defended clients’ intellectual property rights in federal district courts and petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jane is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Northeastern University.
Practicing Attorneys Resource Committee Co-Chair: Jasmine Vyas is an attorney with over a decade of experience in privacy, internal investigations, regulatory law, and project management. She is skilled in harnessing big data to solve compliance issues. She has worked in the private and public sector, including law firms, and state and federal governments. Jasmine is an award-winning presenter and trainer who regularly briefs executives in person and remotely. She is certified in U.S. privacy law by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US). Jasmine is a leader in the privacy community as a founding board member of Women in Security and Privacy-DC. She is an exam writer for International Association of Privacy Professionals. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys playing soccer, bicycling around Northern Virginia, reading, and traveling with her family. Please reach out to Jasmine if you have ideas on how the Practicing Attorney Resource Committee can better serve APABA-DC members. Jasmine hopes you will reach out and say hello, even if it’s not about APABA-DC!
Small and Solo Firms Co-Chair: Farheena Siddiqui is a criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Samuel C. Moore in Alexandria, Virginia. While the firm specializes in both civil and criminal litigation, Farheena’s practice is focused on criminal defense. Farheena received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law. While at GW, Farheena practiced as a student attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic and interned with the Legal Aid Society of D.C. Farheena is a member of the Rotary Club of Alexandria and co-chair of the Young Lawyer’s Committee of the Alexandria Bar Association. Farheena is fluent in Hindi and Urdu.
Small and Solo Firms Co-Chair: Pacyinz Lyfoung is in the process of starting a solo practice after several professional explorations and skill-building in the periphery of social justice. Her practice focuses on small businesses, cooperatives and other models of sustainable and equitable economic development. She is a Spring 2021 SELC (Sustainable Economies Law Center) Fellow, and a worker owner at CrowdWork.coop, a new worker cooperative based in DC, seeking to provide business technical assistance and back office services to freelancers, small businesses and other cooperatives. Pacyinz received her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and her LLM from the joint program of the Georgetown University Law Center and the Geneva Graduate Institute.
Women's Forum Co-Chair: Angeline Chen
Women's Forum Co-Chair: Samantha Guo is the associate general counsel at China Telecom (Americas) Corporation. She advises her client on a wide variety of product, data privacy, commercial, and regulatory issues in north and south Americas. Before joining China Telecom, Samantha was the associate general counsel for a biotech company. She grew up in Beijing, China, and received her J.D. from University of Iowa College of Law and her B.A. from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. She was the VP of Programs for APABA-DC and is currently a co-chair for Association of Corporate Counsel Career Development Forum.
Working Parents Forum Co-Chair: Mark Villapando is a government contracts associate at King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations group. He represents a broad range of government contractors particularly those in the defense, consulting, and information technology space. Mark counsels contractors on a broad range of investigations and supports transactional matters, such as mergers and acquisitions involving government contractors. Prior to his current role, Mark was a government contracts attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Veterans Affairs where he counseled contracting officers with solicitation and pre-award reviews as well as assisted with bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and defended claims before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Mark earned his J.D. from William & Mary School of Law. He received his B.A. with a double major in Biology and Economics from University of Virginia.
Working Parents Forum Co-Chair: Vacant
AEF President (ex officio): Jamin Koo is a tax associate at Covington & Burling LLP. He advises clients across a broad range of tax issues, including domestic and international tax planning and acquisition and financing transactions. He maintains an active pro bono practice, including a federal habeas matter and immigration-related matters. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.