2020 - 2021 Executive Officers & Governing Board Members 

PRESIDENT

Arnold Lee is a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pasadena.  He received his J.D. from Southwestern Law School and his B.A. in history and political science from UCLA. During law school, Arnold served as the president of the Asian Pacific American Law School Association, a judicial extern to Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen of the United States District Court, Central District of California, and a legal extern for the United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Division. Prior to practicing law, Arnold served as staff, intern, and volunteer on many statewide, legislative, and local candidate and issue campaigns.  Additionally, he has served in leadership positions in statewide and local political organizations and advocated for voter education and voter outreach by providing training and resources to activists. Arnold is the immediate past-president of the Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA and is a former board member of OCA - Greater Los Angeles.  Arnold has been active with APABA since his first year in law school.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Derek Ishikawa is an attorney at Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, representing and counseling employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, as well as trade secret, wage-and-hour, breach of contract and employment-related tort claims. Derek also conducts workplace and student misconduct investigations, and regularly speaks and provides training on proper investigation techniques.  Derek has represented employers from a wide variety of industries, including hospitality, food and beverage, banking and finance, retail, higher education and information technology, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. He also regularly counsel colleges and universities on employment matters, as well as student affairs, privacy, risk-management, and other compliance issues, including Title IX. Derek graduated from Pomona College, and obtained his JD/MPP from the University of California, Los Angeles, and served as Co-Chief Managing Editor for the Asian Pacific American Law Journal. In addition, Derek externed for U.S. District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson.  Previously, he was a litigation association at Loeb & Loeb LLP. Derek serves as MCLE co-chair, is currently is a member of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s Social Impact Incubator, and is part of the 2019 NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program.  

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Erica Yen is Senior Legal Counsel at KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. Prior to KARL STORZ, Erica was an associate at Reed Smith LLP where her practice focused on defending companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare industries against complex litigation. Erica received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from UC Hastings, where she was an extern for the Honorable Edward M. Chen of the Northern District of California, an Executive Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and notes editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. She is a former Co-Chair of the Mass Torts & Class Actions Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and a former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic.

TREASURER

Seaton Tsai is an Attorney III in the Corporate Legal Department for California's State Compensation Insurance Fund.  His practice entails advice and counsel to internal partners and litigating State Fund's insurance disputes in state and federal court, including insurance bad faith, civil RICO, writs and appeals, and declaratory relief actions regarding coverage.  Previously, he worked at Aguilera Law Group representing a Fortune 100 insurance carrier in Cumis counsel disputes, Buss and Crawford recovery cases, insurance bad faith, and other additional insured issues.  He has also extensively litigated consumer-side TCPA/FDCPA, fraud, personal injury, and warranty (i.e. Song-Beverly and Magnuson-Moss) actions.  He regularly volunteers at the Monterey Park Legal Clinic and co-chairs the Community Service and Outreach Committee. 

SECRETARY

Jennifer Tsao is an in-house attorney at ByteDance/TikTok. Previously, Jennifer managed the employment law function at Forever 21, and was a senior associate with the employment and labor law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. Jennifer has been actively involved with APABA since she was a law student at USC Gould School of Law. During law school, Jennifer served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, a legal services intern with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Ronald S. W. Lew, U.S. District Judge. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Celene Chan Andrews is a partner at LippSmith LLP. With over $170 million in settlements, Celene is admitted to practice in California and Hawaii. She litigates class actions, mass torts, construction defect, and personal injury cases. Celene graduated cum laude from UCLA and received her J.D. from UC Hastings. She externed for Hon. David A. Ezra (U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii) and clerked for Hon. Alan S. Gold (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida). Celene values giving back to her community with the same passion she brings to representing her clients. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year, Legal Eagles Pro Bono Clinic (2013-14). She serves as President-Elect of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), Co-Chair of the Brown Bag Lunch Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s (LACBA) Litigation Section Executive Committee, Chair of the Mass Torts & Class Actions Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and is a member of the Racial Justice and Equality Advisory Council of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA). Celene is a Top 10 Under 40 attorney in California (National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys), Top 40 Under 40 Attorney (National Trial Lawyers), Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Up-and-Coming 50 (Women Southern California Rising Stars), and Up-and-Coming 100 (Southern California Rising Stars).

Toan Chung is Co-Chair of the Business Restructuring & Reorganization group at Roquemore, Pringle & Moore. A certified bankruptcy law specialist by the California State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization, Toan represents Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, municipalities, creditors’ committees and shareholders in all phases of bankruptcy litigation. He has litigated numerous adversary proceedings, contested matters and appeals in Bankruptcy Courts, District Courts, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The son of Vietnamese war refugees, Toan values giving back to the community and serves as pro bono counsel on bankruptcy matters for Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Los Angeles, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal Services, Public Counsel, ACLU of Southern California and Bet Tzedek.  He is a regular volunteer at APABA’s legal clinic in Monterey Park and at SCCLA’s legal clinic in San Gabriel. Toan is the founder of the Lulu’s Water Buffalo Farm Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to high school seniors.

Rebekah Hoeschler is a 3L at Loyola Law School and a student representative for APABA. She is a board member of Loyola Law School’s APALSA, Business Law Society, and Wine & Spirits Law Society. She currently serves as treasurer for NAPALSA. Previously, Rebekah worked as a Law Clerk for Goodkin Law Group and for Yeezy as an in-house Legal Intern.

Roger Hsieh is an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Major Frauds Section at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.  As an AUSA, Roger investigates and prosecutes cases involving white-collar crime such as health care fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, and extortion through trial and appeal.  At the United States Attorney’s Office, Roger serves as an Asian Pacific Special Emphasis Project Manager.  Before becoming an AUSA, Roger was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles where he represented healthcare, technology, and entertainment clients in litigation and white collar investigations.  At O’Melveny, Roger served as Co-Chair of the Asian American lawyers’ group and also counseled clients on the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), state privacy laws, anti-kickback laws, corporate practice of medicine laws, and data privacy and security.  Prior to joining O’Melveny, Roger was a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge John Z. Lee for the Northern District of Illinois.  Roger obtained his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from UCLA Law School where he served as Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students’ Association and was a member of the UCLA Law Review and the Asian Pacific American Law Journal. 

Colin M. Kawaguchi is a corporate transactional attorney at Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC in Westlake Village. Colin helps clients buy and sell businesses. Colin also advises businesses in a variety of commercial transactions, and has experience drafting a broad range of transaction documents, including purchase agreements, licensing agreements, and incentive plans. Colin is a graduate of Asahi Gakuen (Santa Monica campus), and has written and oral fluency in Japanese. Colin earned an undergraduate degree in economics and sociology at UCLA and a J.D. at Loyola Law School. Colin is the Treasurer of the Japanese American Bar Association and a board member of the Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation.

Travis Kaya is an associate attorney at Venable LLP, where he assists individual and corporate clients in connection with real estate transactions and land use matters across a wide-range of asset types throughout the United States. He received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, Economics from Pomona College, a Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney, and his J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. At Loyola, he served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Senior Developments Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, and student representative to APABA. Travis also served as judicial extern to the Honorable Suzanne H. Segal, U.S. Magistrate Judge (Ret.), and the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin, U.S. District Judge, both of the District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to law school, Travis worked as a newspaper reporter, served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Sydney, Australia, representing his home state of Hawaii, and taught English and culture in Tottori, Japan through the Japan Education and Teaching (JET) Program. He is an active member of the AAPI and legal community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation, and is a member of the Japanese American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Group and the CAUSE Leadership Network. He also currently serves as co-chair of APABA's Professional Development Committee and is a founding member of the Loyola Law School Asian Pacific Alumni Chapter.

Kathy Khommarath is a Staff Attorney and Program Manager for Southwestern Law School’s Pro Bono Removal Defense Program, in partnership with the Loyola Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic though the Removal Defense Corps. She is also an Adjunct Professor for Southwestern’s Removal Defense Clinic. Kathy practices immigration law and immigrants’ rights. She has represented clients before US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Before working at Southwestern, Kathy was a Staff Attorney at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). Kathy is currently on the boards of the APA Women Lawyer’s Alliance (APAWLA) and Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG-LA). Kathy obtained her J.D. at Southwestern Law School, where she served as President of the Public Interest Law Committee, raising nearly $15,000 towards grants for students to use their legal skills to serve indigent and low-income communities. As a student, Kathy was also active in Southwestern’s APALSA and NLG chapter. During law school, Kathy was a law clerk in the Impact Litigation Unit of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. She served as a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero. Prior to Law School, Kathy was the community organizer for API Equality-LA and earned her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Asian and Pacific Studies from Loyola Marymount University. 

Stacy Kwon currently serves as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She recently obtained her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she was a senior editor for the UCLA Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Honors Executive Board, a staff editor for the Entertainment Law Review, and a mentor for the Law Fellows Program. Stacy was also one of ten students selected for membership in The Order of Barristers. During law school, she was a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, a judicial extern to the Honorable Michael W. Fitzgerald, a Business & Legal Affairs intern at Marvel Studios, and an APABA law student representative. Prior to law school, Stacy obtained her B.A. in Philosophy and French from UC Berkeley, studied abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, and worked as a practice assistant at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and as a legal assistant for boutique law firms.

Anthony Lai is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer, the largest family law firm in the San Gabriel Valley. Anthony has extensive experience in divorce, paternity, child custody and visitation, spousal and child support matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and domestic violence restraining orders. He has worked exclusively in the area of family law for over five years, with significant courtroom exposure and has gained tools for efficient and amicable resolution of contentious family law proceedings. Anthony is active in his community in providing free pro bono legal services for immigrant and low-income communities at Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Southern California Chinese Lawyers' Association Legal Aid Clinics. He also Volunteers at St. Francis Center with the Loyola Law School Board of Governors in feeding homeless in Downtown Los Angeles.  

Dinh Luu practices estate planning and elder law at Goldfarb & Luu P.C., where she is a founding partner. She received her J.D. from Southwestern School of Law and her B.A. from Colorado College in History and Political Science. In law school, she clerked at the Children’s Law Center and Hon. Dean D. Pregerson of the United States District Court, Central District. Following law school, she clerked at the Superior Court ofNew Jersey, Burlington County. After returning to the Los Angeles area, she was an associate at several Los Angeles firms before going on to serve as the Supervising Attorney of the Compton Court Legal Self Help Center.

Victoria Nakaganeku is a 3L at Loyola Law School and a student representative for APABA. She also serves on the board of Loyola Law School’s APALSA and DSBA and as an editor for the Loyola Law School Law Review. Previously, Victoria worked as a Law Clerk for Gooding & Company and for the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, Labor Relations Division.  

Grace Pak is an associate attorney at BRIANA KIM, PC. Her practice focuses on Wage and Hour Class Action practice and wrongful termination. She is a recent graduate of Southwestern Law School, where she served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, President of Teen Court, and Treasurer of Delta Theta Phi.  She has also been on APABA’s Board of Governors in the Social Chair Committee since 2016. Grace was recently a certified law clerk for the Riverside County Public Defender and externed for the Honorable Fred J. Fujioka at the Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse and the Honorable Tim Saito at the Edelman Children’s Court working with the Adoption processes and family unification.  She has also clerked at the civil litigation law firm Salisian|Lee LLP. She has received the Judge Ronald S.W. Lew Scholarship, the M. Dick Osumi Civil Rights and Public Interest Scholarship, the Lim Ruger Scholarship, and multiple Wildman/Schumacher Merit Based Scholarships.  After receiving her B.A in English Literature at UCLA, she worked as an educator before commencing law school.

Patricia Park is a staff attorney of the Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, where her practice primarily focuses on serving domestic violence survivors obtain family law relief, including domestic violence restraining orders and custody orders.  Patricia has volunteered at APABA's Elder Law Day events since 2015.  Patricia obtained her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, and her bachelor's degree from KyungHee University.

Adrian Gidaya Roxas is a Partner at Roxas Law, APC, a boutique law firm in Torrance, CA focusing on Family Law and Criminal Defense. From 2007-2020, Adrian was a Prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, Adrian conducted jury trials to verdict and was member of the Sex Crimes Division and the Victim Impact Program, where he prosecuted exclusively sexual assault, child molestation, child abuse, domestic violence, murders, and special circumstance murder. He was a lecturer for the training divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Adrian also provided training foe the California District Attorneys Association and the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center.  Adrian was born and raised in Carson, California. He earned his B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude, from Cal Poly Pomona and his J.D., with Honors, from Southwestern Law School. 

Na Hyun Seo is an associate attorney at Berman Berman Berman Schneider & Lowary, LLP. Her area of practice includes premises liability, automotive negligence, and personal injury. She obtained her law degree at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she received the Bernice and Arthur Ullman Endowed Award. During law school, she worked as a clinical student for the Youth Justice Education Clinic and was a research assistant for Professor Karl M. Manheim. She also worked as a summer law clerk at the Law Offices of Robert J. Nachshin, P.C, a family law firm. In law school, Na served as the APABA law student representative from 2018-2019, APALSA board member from 2017-2019, and Treasurer for the International Student Association. Na holds a Bachler of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she received the Chancellor’s Service Award for her services at Project WILD (Working for Immigrant Literacy Development), UCLA Student Legal Services and JusticeCorps. After college, she taught English in Arnedo, Spain, through the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program. She is presently a member of JABA’s Young Lawyers Group. 

Jennifer Song is the Director of Policy for the Democratic Attorneys General Association.  Previously, she served as Special Counsel for Consumer Protection in the Executive Office of former Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and as the Senior Staff Attorney at the California Monitor Program, a program created by former Attorney General Harris to monitor the National Mortgage Settlement for Californians. Jennifer has always been committed to public interest issues and started her legal career as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA (formerly known as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center).  As a law student at UC Hastings School of Law, Jennifer served as the Vice President of APALSA and was a judicial extern for the Honorable Stephan Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and for the Honorable Kathleen Thompson Lax of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.

Alexander Su is an associate at LimNexus LLP, where he focuses on cross-border commercial litigation and government enforcement matters. He assists a wide range of clients with their disputes, handling all phases from pre-litigation to trial to appeals. As he builds his transnational practice, Alex uses an interdisciplinary and international perspective to strategically assess clients’ challenges, zoom in on the most pressing concerns, and deliver tailored solutions.  His previous work experiences include the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Major Crimes Division, San Francisco trial firm Minami Tamaki LLP, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School.  Alex is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, where he has served as an NGO Observer to the Military Commissions proceedings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against the defendants accused of planning the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Prior to law school, Alex served as a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea. He is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Michigan Law School.  In law school, Alex advised startups as an Advanced Student-Attorney with a newly formed Entrepreneurship Clinic and helped run a provisional journal that attained permanent status.

Cathy Ta is a Distressed Debt Legal Analyst at Reorg, a distressed debt research and intelligence firm. She has extensively advised corporate and individual debtors, creditors, trustees, and public agencies in all aspects of chapter 9, 7, 11, and 12 proceedings, in and outside of court, for best “fresh start” and recovery strategies.  Prior to joining Reorg, Cathy practiced law with bankruptcy boutique SulmeyerKupetz, APC in Los Angeles, California, and the bankruptcy group at Best Best & Krieger LLP in Riverside and Los Angeles, California. She also clerked for the Honorable Marvin Isgur, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas.  Throughout Loyola Law School, Cathy was a Dean’s Scholar. She was also a research assistant to property and tax law Professor Theodore Seto. Cathy is an alumnus of Swarthmore College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree for a double major in political science and economics.  An active member of the legal community, Cathy holds leadership positions in the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, the Insolvency Law Committee of the California Lawyers Association, the Southern California Network of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, the California Bankruptcy Forum, the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. She has regularly written numerous published articles and produced and presented on bankruptcy topics and more.  Cathy lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and their two young boys, where they enjoy being outdoors. 

Diana Taing is a Senior Deputy County Counsel in the Labor & Employment division of the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office.  She obtained her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from U.C. Hastings, College of the Law, where she served as a clinic counselor at the Employment Law Center and an extern in San Francisco Superior Court. In Spring 2003, she served as an intern at the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Jen Won is a bilingual trial lawyer at Larson LLP in Los Angeles. Her practice focuses on high-stakes civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. She manages a portfolio of litigation matters for Fintech and energy clients and leads high-profile, sensitive investigations for corporate clients facing regulatory challenges. Jen regularly defends individual clients in federal and state criminal investigations, and she has successfully negotiated favorable outcomes with the government on her clients’ behalf.   Jen lived in Seoul for eighteen years and is fluent in Korean. She is the chair of Larson LLP’s Korea practice, through which she serves as a trusted advisor to Korean conglomerates and individuals who need legal advice in the U.S. or abroad. Jen has served on the board of governors for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) since 2019 and is the current president-elect of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA). She co-founded the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) Social Impact Incubator and was selected to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2019 Class of Fellows. After starting her legal career at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Jen clerked for the Hon. Larry A. Burns of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She earned her J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rong (Summer) Xia is an attorney in the Law and Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang, where she practices family and immigration law. Prior to joining this firm, she practiced immigration law at the Law Offices of Vivian Szawarc. Summer was born in China, where she earned a Bachelor of Law degree from the Southwest University of Political Sciences and Law and a Master of Law degree from Wuhan University. After that, she worked for more than a decade as a government officer in the Customs agency of China. In 2016 she graduated with a Master of Laws degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. During law school, she served as a judicial extern to Judge Mary Thornton House of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, Pasadena Courthouse.  Summer has been active with APABA since her law school. She regularly serves as a volunteer attorney at the APABA and SCCLA monthly pro bono legal clinics since her law school. In 2020, Summer was named Volunteer of the Year by APABA. She is also an active volunteer in other non-profit organizations, such as Asian Pacific Advance Justice, the Public Counsel Law Center, and the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law.

Andrew Yen is an associate at Lewis Brisbois LLP where his practice includes representing Insurance Carriers and Employers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board as well as representing Employers on matters involving discrimination under Labor Code, Section 132 (a) and Serious and Willful Misconduct.  Andrew received his J.D. from Southwestern Law School and his B.A in Criminology, Law & Society from UC Irvine.  During law school, Andrew served as the president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and pacific south regional director of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

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