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.
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.
Chris Kao is based in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, where he focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Chris is also the co-leader of Pillsbury’s Taiwan practice. Chris is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer representing technology companies in patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation, and other high-stakes commercial disputes. He has represented companies in the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, telecommunications, biotechnology, and consumer products industries in federal and state courts throughout the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has extensive experience litigating Covered Business Method and inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Chris also regularly advises clients on privacy and cybersecurity issues and is designated a Certified International Privacy Professional/US by the IAPP.
Before joining Pillsbury, Chris served as a partner at Vinson & Elkins and Perkins Coir LLP, a Director at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabin, and an Associate at Cravath, Swainer & Moor LLP.
Chris was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.), Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2018-2019, Northern California Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016-2019, and Northern California Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), 2009-2015
Chris is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley. He also is a member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and the William A. Ingram Inn of Court (Santa Clara County).
Chris received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School and his B.A. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Darren Teshima is a Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he leads the firm’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. His litigation practice focuses on representing policyholders in the financial services and technology 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 Legal Services for Children and the Advisory Board of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies. He is a former board member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and is a recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Best Lawyers Under 40 award. Darren 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.
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.
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.
Perry Chen is a consultant andserves as theBoard President and Senior Advisor at the Partnership for Children and Youth, an advocacy and capacity-building organization that champions high-quality learning opportunities for underserved youth in California, with an emphasis on after school, summer learning, children and families in public housing, socialemotional learning, and community schools. For more than two decades,Perry has worked in the field of education and youth development, with a particular focus on equity and quality for children and families in California. Starting out as an undergraduate teacher and executive director for CityStep, a youth arts organization, he has since held leadership roles in nonprofits, school districts, and philanthropy – all driven by the vision of opportunity, access, and quality education for all. Over the years, Perry has been recognized as a leader for education, youth services, and public/private partnerships.
From 2015-2019, Perry was the Chief Strategy & Operating Officer for the Stuart Foundation and oversaw strategic planning, impact and learning, and operations. Prior to joining the foundation, Perry served as the Chief of Staff for several Superintendents of the Oakland Unified School District. From 2000-2005, Perry was the Executive Director of OASES, a community organization based in Oakland Chinatown serving Pre K-12 youth who have limited resources. During his tenure, Perry was awarded the Eureka Communities/LeaderSpring Fellowship for nonprofit executive leadership and later served on itsboard and chaired the alumni board (2005-2011).
Perry is a board member of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). He has a background in law and social justice, and has served as a litigation attorney (Morrison & Foerster LLP), a policy advocate (Children Now), a political action chair (Gay Asian Pacific Alliance), and a law professor (New College School of Law). For his leadership in the social sector, Perry received the Wells Fargo Community Leadership Award, the Waitt Family Foundation Fellowship, the Hearst Foundation Fellowship, and the 21st Century Future Leaders Award (Alameda County).
Perry graduated with honors from Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
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.
Yaman Salahi served as a staff attorney in ALC’s National Security and Civil Rights Program from 2013- 2016. At ALC, he coordinated legal and advocacy campaign about confiscation of U.S. passports from Yemeni-Americans and represented individuals in FBI interviews or when they were subjected to additional screening while traveling. Since then, Yaman has worked on employment and antitrust litigation at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, including litigating class action cases addressing gender discrimination in technology and accounting sectors, the misclassification of workers, and anti-competitive activities in the pharmaceutical industry.
Yaman clerked for Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California. He has received the Kathi Pugh Award for Exceptional Mentorship from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
Yaman served as the Arthur Liman Fellow, National Security & Law Enforcement at the ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles. There he conducted legal research and drafted briefs in FOIA and civil rights litigation regarding surveillance of Muslim communities in Southern California and the First Amendment right to take photographs.
He received his J.D from Yale School of Law and his B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.
There are more than 5.6 million Syrian refugees in the world. And since Trump’s Muslim Ban went into effect, they haven't been allowed into the United States. Asmaa and Ramez, a Syrian couple, speak with AJ+ host Yara Elmjouie about how they were directly impacted while cooking fatteh, a traditional dish.