Allison Cheung is an Attorney at SV Employment Law Firm, where she focuses on employment and business litigation in federal and state courts.
Prior to joining SV Employment Law Firm, she was an Associate at Jones Day and Cooley LLP representing companies and executives in complex commercial, securities, and employment litigation. She also assisted companies in responding to SEC and DOJ investigations and in conducting internal corporate investigations and related counseling. Allison served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.
Allison is a member of the Advisory Board of OneJustice, an organization that seeks to expand legal services to help Californians in need and remove financial and geographical barriers to justice. She is an active member of the Federal Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley.
Ashok Ramani is a Partner with the San Francisco law firm Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP. Leading technology companies like Netflix, Google, HTC, and TSMC rely on Mr. Ramani to resolve their most complex intellectual property disputes. Having tried 15 jury and bench trials nationwide and before the US International Trade Commission, Mr. Ramani is adept at translating sophisticated technology and legal concepts into plain English for judges and juries alike. Mr. Ramani specializes in asserting and defending patent and trade secret matters, particularly those which involve groundbreaking technology or lack legal precedent, as well as counseling clients on ways to avoid such litigation.
Mr. Ramani has always been involved in the community. Before serving on the board of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, he served on the State Bar of California’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, as co-chair of the North American South Asian Bar Association’s IP and litigation sections, and as Vice Chair of the board of managers of Urban Services YMCA.
Mr. Ramani graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley before earning his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. He lives in Oakland with his daughter, wife, and dog.
Belinda S Lee is a partner in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department. Her practice focuses on cartel matters and complex business litigation.
Belinda regularly represents US and Asian companies in abuse of dominance investigations and price-fixing investigations and private damages actions before regulators and courts in the US, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia. She also has significant experience representing clients in civil class actions, mass tort actions, and on issues of personal privacy.
Belinda serves on the editorial board of the ABA’s Antitrust magazine and is a frequent author and speaker on legal issues relating to expert witnesses, antitrust compliance and law firm diversity issues. She serves by appointment as the Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Belinda also believes it is important to give back to the community, and has served on the Boards of several community and non-profit organizations, including the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice & Diversity Center, the NALP Foundation, the Western Center on Law & Poverty, the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the California Heritage Museum. She was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful & Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council in 2015.
Belinda received a JD (cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1998 and a BSFS (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1995.
Catha Worthman is a shareholder at Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow, where she represents employees and retirees in class actions and multi-plaintiff suits, as well as in individual benefits litigation.
Catha is a 2003 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, with a joint M.A. in International and Area Studies. She was a law clerk at the Asian Law Caucus in the summer of 2000, as a Peggy Browning Fellow in Employment and Labor Law. Following law school, Catha served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
For over 10 years both before and after law school, Catha worked as a researcher and organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), in the Justice for Janitors and hospital organizing campaigns. She currently volunteers with the San Francisco Legal Aid Society Workers’ Rights Clinic, and has co-authored amicus briefs for the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Christine P. Sun is the Associate Director for the ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC), where her primary responsibility is leading the ACLU-NC’s legal and policy department.
Her previous position was Senior Staff Attorney at the national ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP). Prior to that, Christine was Deputy Legal Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama, where she directed SPLC’s economic justice work and work on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. She also previously served as Senior Counsel for the national ACLU’s LGBT and AIDS Project, where she led the ACLU’s work on behalf of LGBT people in the Deep South.
Christine graduated with honors in 1998 from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the NYU Law Review. After graduation, Christine served as a law clerk for Judge Robert L. Carter on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then worked in private practice for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco. She is a 21st Century Fellow of the Pipeline Project, and has served as a Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence for the Thelton Henderson Center at Berkeley Law School. She was recognized in 2010 by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.” In 2012, Christine received a Distinguished Alumna award from NYU Law School’s alumni association for minority lawyers, and in 2014, she was named “Alumna of the Year” by the Law School’s LGBT alumni association.
Darren Teshima is a Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he practices commercial litigation and insurance recovery. He specializes in representing policyholders in the financial services, technology, retail, and hospitality industries in disputes with insurance companies.
Darren also has an active pro bono practice. He has handled administrative trials and hearings on behalf of asylum seekers, low-income tenants, and has provided litigation advice to nonprofit organizations. In recognition of his commitment to pro bono clients, he is a two-time recipient of Legal Services for Children’s Pro Bono Advocate Award.
Darren currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and the Advisory Board of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies. He is the author of “A ‘Hardy Handshake Sort of Guy’: The Model Minority and Implicit Bias About Asian Americans in Chin v. Runnels,” published in the Asian Pacific American Law Journal.
Darren earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College, and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating from law school, Darren clerked for U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter in the Central District of California.
David Tsai is a Partner in Vinson & Elkins LLP’s San Francisco office and Co-Managing Partner of V&E’s Taipei Office. David’s practice focuses on patent, trade secret, complex breach of contract, and product defect litigation for companies innovating biotechnology, medical devices, software, and hardware. David is fluent in spoken Taiwanese and Chinese Mandarin and has successfully represented numerous Taiwan, Korea, and China-based companies. David is President-Elect of the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of the Greater Bay Area, a past President of the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA), and past Co-Chair of the Minority Bar Coalition and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF). He currently serves as a board member for the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the University of California, Riverside. David is committed to serving pro bono clients. He has worked on immigration pro bono matters with the Asian Law Caucus, APILO, NCLR, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, including successfully representing a transgender Cambodian man. In 2016, David was recognized by the California State Legislature for his work in civil rights. David is a graduate of Harvard, Stanford, and Santa Clara University.
James Kan is a partner at Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho, based in Oakland, California. Beginning as a Civil Rights Fellow, he has focused his legal career on protecting the civil rights of workers and those marginalized by society. James specializes in representing employees and plaintiffs in complex employment and consumer class/collective/representative actions in California and nationwide. He also represents employees in executive and professional severance negotiations.
James previously served on the Advisory Board for the East Bay Community Law Center and volunteers with the Legal Aid at Work Workers’ Rights Clinic and the Caucus’ Workers’ Rights Clinic.
James received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Prior to law school, James taught Sixth Grade in Paterson, New Jersey with Teach for America.
Laila Mehta is a consultant for nonprofits and philanthropies that take on social and racial justice, immigrant rights and civic engagement. She focuses on building community, leadership and resilience by growing resources for change agents in the US and globally. Her professional experience includes program and organizational assessments, management, and strategy.
In the US, Laila has worked with groups that are led by Asian Pacific Islanders, women of color, and diverse communities at the local and national levels. In Cambodia, India, Timor Leste, and Nepal her focus was on social and ethnic inclusion, gender justice, peace-building and bottom-up policy advocacy. She has a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs from Columbia University, and a BA in Psychology and Spanish from George Mason University.
Larry Huynh is a founding partner of Trilogy Interactive. With over a decade of experience in digital communications, Larry advises corporate, non-profit, and political clients on online advocacy and engagement, online fundraising, online advertising, and social media strategy. A nationally recognized digital strategist, Larry’s work has earned dozens of awards across multiple online disciplines and is a frequent presenter and trainer at conferences.
Previously, Larry worked in high-tech and marketing startups. As a consultant with Oliver Wyman, Larry developed corporate strategy plans driven by complex financial models for Fortune 500 firms in the financial, energy, and life sciences sector.
Larry sits on the board of the American Association of Political Consultants. Larry graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Biochemical Sciences.
Lin Chan is a Partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP.
Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Lin spent the past four years litigating nationwide employment discrimination and wage and hour class action lawsuits throughout the country. She also worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2008.
Prior to attending law school, Lin worked as a labor organizer for the Service Employees International Union. Lin received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2007. While studying at Stanford, Lin was the Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and served as the Fundraising Chair of the Shaking the Foundations Progressive Lawyering Conference. During her time at Stanford, Lin participated in the Stanford Immigrants Rights Clinic, where she successfully represented a Guatemalan refugee in her application for asylum and wrote an amicus brief to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Human Rights Watch.
Monica Ramani is a seasoned business development executive and has helped Fortune 500 companies scale their businesses by forging enterprise relationships, developing and executing strategic plans, and fostering innovation cross-functionally. Since graduating from Haas’ undergraduate business program, she has held both analytical and strategic roles at bulge bracket investment banks, technology companies and consulting firms including CSFB, Autoweb.com, UBS and GLG. Originally from NYC, she has always led a bicoastal life, moving to NYC in 2003 for her MBA from Columbia and returning to the Bay Area in 2011. Currently she is helping both startups and large publicly traded technology companies with their growth and innovation strategies to address the disruption they are facing in the marketplace. As a first generation Asian American, she has always had a passion for social impact and helping the underserved in her community. She began volunteering with organizations including Asha and South Asian Youth Action and she is honored to be on the board of the ALC. In her spare time she enjoys running (completed the NYC marathon in 2005), playing tennis, wine tasting and play dates with her two nieces.
Sue Wong was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of On Lok, a family of nonprofit corporations serving the elderly in the San Francisco Bay Area. She joined On Lok in 1978 as part of the team that created On Lok’s comprehensive health care model for frail seniors, now known nationally as the PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model of care and locally as On Lok Lifeways. During her tenure, she has managed administrative and financial functions at On Lok and served as the Chief Financial Officer until 2014.
Ms. Wong was also the CFO of CalPACE, the association of California PACE programs from its inception in 2007 until 2014. She served on the Board of Directors of Family Caregiver Alliance as Treasurer from 2000 to 2010.
Ms. Wong holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from San Francisco State University.
Ms. Santos is the Director at Trucker Huss APC. She counsels employers and multiemployer trusts on all aspects of their employee benefit plans, including health and welfare plans, Section 125 cafeteria plans, and qualified retirement plans. She assists clients with compliance matters; administrative and plan design issues; plan, SPD and amendment drafting; IRS submissions; IRS and DOL investigations; and the review and negotiation of service provider agreements, including investment manager agreements. Tiffany frequently makes presentations on health plan matters, including health care reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010), HIPAA, COBRA, and cafeteria plans, and on investment–‐related matters, including ERISA’s impact on alternative investments.
Justice isn’t won overnight. For over a year, our Housing Rights team has been representing tenants in an Oakland Chinatown SRO residential building who are being forced out of their homes. Their courage in standing up for their rights has been a true inspiration.
Read more about the case and the work our other programs have been working on in our 2016-2017 Annual Report! ... See Less