Board of Directors 2017-2018

APABA-DC is governed by a Board of Directors composed of
10 officers elected by the active membership and 26 attorneys appointed into
non-voting positions by the President and confirmed by the elected officers.


President and Elected Officers

benjamin huh

President: Benjamin H. Huh is an attorney in the intellectual property litigation group at Sidley Austin LLP. Ben’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation matters. Ben has worked with technologies in multiple areas, including medical devices, consumer electronics, biologics, and alternative energy. Prior to Sidley, Ben served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and worked as an intellectual property litigation attorney at two other international law firms.  Ben has also served as the VP for Membership and Treasurer of APABA-DC, a Director of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, and Co-Chair of the Volunteers Committee for the 2012 NAPABA Convention.  Ben earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was an editor for the Maryland Law Review.  He received his B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. [email protected]


President-Elect: Mark T. Uyeda is an attorney with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.  He is currently on detail to the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a policy advisor.  Prior to Treasury, he was senior advisor to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar.  He previously served as chair of the SEC's Asian Pacific American Committee.  Before joining the SEC, Mark was appointed as chief advisor to the California Corporations Commissioner by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Mark was in private practice with O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP in Washington, D.C.  Mark earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from Duke University.  Mark previously served as vice president and board member for the Japanese American Bar Association.

Joanne Chan

Immediate Past President:  Joanne Chan is an Assistant General Counsel at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).  Prior to joining PhRMA, she was Corporate Counsel for Regulatory & Compliance at United Therapeutics Corporation and an associate at King & Spalding LLP.  She has served as APABA-DC's Vice President for Education, President of the APABA-DC Educational Fund (AEF), and a board member of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC).  Joanne received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service.n (UT), a biotechnology company based in Silver Spring, MD.  Before joining UT, Joanne was an associate at King & Spalding LLP.

Lian Huang 

Vice President for Communications: Lian Huang is an associate at Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC, where she practices patent law.  Her focus is in patent prosecution in the telecommunications, electrical, and mechanical arts.  She is a former Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Lian received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and her B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.



Vice President for Community Affairs:  Helen Lee is a counsel in the Financial Institutions Advisory (FIA) Practice Group of White & Case LLP based in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. She advises U.S. and non-U.S. banking organizations as well as nonbank financial services providers on regulatory and transactional matters arising under the U.S. financial services laws.  Helen is also an Adjunct Professor at her alma mater, The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. She teaches a class on banking law that covers the topic of bank regulation and aims to provide students with substantive knowledge of banking law as well as practical know-how regarding the day-to-day activities and responsibilities of, as well as challenges faced by, legal advisors to banking institutions.

 Jayna Marie Rust

Vice President for Education:  Jayna Marie Rust is an associate attorney at Thompson Coburn LLP who advises companies, individuals, and transportation authorities throughout the various stages of the contracting process and litigation.  In particular, she works with her fellow attorneys and clients in recovering money owed under Federal contracts, protesting problematic contract awards, and complying with Federal laws and regulations.  She also co-counsels clients on contract administration matters, including analyzing and negotiating subcontractor agreements; protecting proprietary and confidential information from competitors seeking information through Freedom of Information Act requests; and complying with domestic preference policies, such as the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act, the Military Cargo Preference Act, and the Civilian Cargo Preference Act.  A teacher prior to attending GW Law School, Jayna enjoys helping others learn new skills and knowledge.

 Pierce Han

Vice President for Membership:  Pierce Haesung Han is an associate in the Corporate, M&A and Securities Transactions group at Nixon Peabody LLP in Washington, DC.  Pierce’s practice involves a variety of complex business transactions including mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, international commercial transactions and federal securities laws and other financial regulatory matters.  He is Co-Chair of his firm’s Associates Council and also serves on his firm’s Asian-American Affinity Group, the Recruiting Committee and as a Summer Associate Workflow Coordinator.  He previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Membership for APABA-DC, as well as the Secretary and Board Member of the APABA-DC Educational Fund (AEF).  During law school, Pierce interned at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance.  Pierce received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.  Prior to law school, Pierce worked as a Government Affairs Director at the Financial Services Roundtable.

Scott Lee

Vice President for Programs:  Scott Lee specializes in securities, derivatives, and financial policy and regulation.  Scott is currently Special Counsel in the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight at the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  He founded the Association of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the CFTC’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.


Secretary:  Connie Ng is an associate at a boutique law firm in McLean, VA, where she practices Labor & Employment Law and general civil litigation. She regularly represents management-side clients in all aspects of employment litigation as well as provide strategic counseling regarding employee hiring and termination, avoidance and resolution of employment disputes and litigation, and employee handbooks and agreements. Connie received her J.D. from University of Maryland, School of Law and her undergraduate at University of Maryland, College Park.


Treasurer:  Lisa Man Lisa Man is a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. She previously served as an Assistant State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland, where she prosecuted organized crime-related offenses and repeat violent offenders. Prior to joining the State's Attorney's Office, she clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Nalley in Charles County, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor at Pace University School of Law.  She is a native of Montreal, Canada. 


Board of Directors Members



Assistant Vice President for Communications: Jason Pan is a supervision analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity, where he facilitates examinations of financial institutions to verify compliance with CFPB laws and regulations.  Jason is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Darden School of Business, and School of Engineering, where he earned a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering and Economics.


Assistant Vice President for Community Affairs: Anjum Unwala is a law clerk at Hogan Lovells. Anjum’s practice is focused on white-collar defense, government defense, complex civil litigation, and pro bono matters. She regularly counsels clients who are under investigation by various federal and state regulatory agencies for fraud, bribery, and regulatory violations. Anjum is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and earned her B.S. in Finance and International Business from New York University. She is admitted to practice in New York.


Assistant Vice President for Education:  Lloyd Liu is an attorney at Coburn & Greenbaum, PLLC.  Lloyd’s practice is focused on white-collar defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation. He regularly counsels clients under investigation for fraud, bribery, or regulatory violations. He has represented clients in federal court charged with tax offenses, antitrust violations, and other federal crimes. He also has advised clients involved in congressional investigations and inquiries. His civil practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in contract, business, and other disputes before both state and federal courts and before various government agencies. Lloyd received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. in Economics and English from Boston College.


Assistant Vice President for Membership:  Jessica Lee is an associate in the Real Estate group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  She advises clients in complex commercial transactions, from public-private partnerships to multi-million dollar construction financings, and she also regularly assists clients on the acquisition, development and leasing for a wide variety of projects.  Prior to joining law school, Jessica taught middle school as a Teach for America NY Corps. Member.  She received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.



Assistant Vice President for Programs:  Emma T. Chen is an associate at McDermott Will & Emery. She has specific experience in employment litigation, including defending companies against claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other related federal and state statutes. Emma also has experience in all areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution including contract disputes, international arbitration, and international contract actions. She began her practice at firm in Detroit, MI. Emma has served as President of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MAPABA) and President of American Citizens for Justice (ACJ), an Asian American civil rights organization. Emma received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Awards Committee Co-Chair: Joy Yunji Lee is an Associate Counsel at Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit organization focused on issues relating to economic freedom. Previously, she was an attorney with the 2016 Republican National Convention, providing in-house counsel to Convention officers and staff on regulatory compliance, contract negotiation and interpretation, employee relations, public communications, and intellectual property management. She is a graduate of University of Maryland and Washington and Lee University School of Law. Joy also serves as Vice President on the Washington and Lee University DC Alumni Board.


Awards Committee Co-Chair: Dong Hong serves as Vice President, Senior Counsel for the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA). He represents the interests of the banking industry before Congress and the federal financial regulatory agencies - including the Fed, OCC, FDIC and CFPB - in the areas of housing finance, credit access, default management, fair lending, deposits, payments, digital banking, and Fintech. Prior to CBA, Dong served as Counsel at a financial regulatory consulting firm in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he provided his clients in the housing, banking and insurance industries with in-depth legislative and regulatory analysis of U.S. financial reform measures (e.g., the Dodd-Frank Act) adopted in response to the financial crisis. In addition, he advised clients on the impact of rules and guidance (e.g., capital and liquidity standards) emerging from international regulatory bodies such as the FSB, IOSCO, BIS/Basel Committee, IMF and World Bank. Dong Hong received both his law degree and masters in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown Law. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley.