Advisory Board 2017-2019

 alt Chong Park (Partner, Ropes & Gray)
Chong is an antitrust and commercial litigation partner based in Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office. Chong has nearly 25 years of experience as a litigator and trial lawyer, including five years as a senior trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Anticompetitive Practices Division.  Chong’s practice focuses on high-stakes matters, including litigation, representation in government regulatory proceedings and investigations, and counseling. He has first-chaired bench and jury trials in federal and state courts and has substantial experience in class action litigation and government enforcement actions.    Chong received his BA from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  He clerked for the Hon. T.S. Ellis III, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Chong has previously served on the Boards of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Bay Area (San Francisco) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.  He maintains a black belt in tae kwon do and competes in triathlons.

Willard Tom (Partner, Morgan Lewis)
Will is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Antitrust Practice. Will has worked in the antitrust field for more than 30 years, both in private practice and in government. In private practice, he has counseled and represented clients in merger and nonmerger matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), state attorneys general, and federal courts. Will returned to Morgan Lewis in 2013 after serving for more than three years as General Counsel of the FTC, where he was the agency's chief legal officer and advisor. In this position, he and his deputies represented the FTC in court and provided legal counsel to the FTC, the operating bureaus, and other offices. Earlier in his career, Will served as a deputy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition, overseeing the agency’s nonmerger enforcement efforts, as well as patent antitrust and health care cases. He also previously served as counselor to the head of the DOJ's antitrust division, a role that included responsibility over matters concerning intellectual property, vertical restraints and telecommunications. Will has been an active supporter of APABA-DC and other APA organizations.


Linda Mar Weidman (Vice President & Senior Counsel, Marriott International)
Linda is currently Vice President & Senior Counsel - International Lodging Development, at Marriott International, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to her position at Marriott, she was Senior Counsel at Bechtel Power Corporation, where she worked primarily on international project financed power generation projects, and prior to that she was an attorney in private practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley & Austin. Linda also formerly served as APABA-DC President; Vice President-Finance of NAPABA; President of the NAPABA Law Foundation; AEF board member; and General Counsel of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. She is currently Chair of the National Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice/AAJC.


Francey Lim Youngberg (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement for HUD)
Francey is responsible for strategic engagement between the Secretary of HUD and key stakeholders. Her office also plays a coordinating role for the Secretary and the Department in activities conducted by the White House Office of Public Engagement. She also serves as the HUD representative to the White House Initiative on AAPIs. Prior to joining HUD, Francey Lim advised clients on cultural competency, research into AAPI issues, diversity management, minority recruitment, grant writing, grant management, and fundraising. She worked with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, the D.C. Government, the Metro Police Department and federal agencies. Prior to consulting, Ms. Youngberg was a tax attorney for Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia, and Hogan & Hartson in D.C. After leaving private practice, she worked as an attorney in the international division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C. and later became the founding Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)) under the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta. She is a former APABA-DC and AEF President, and a NAPABA Trailblazer Award recipient.

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