Attorney

Kenna Clarke

Areas of Practice
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Maritime
Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (2003); S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, B.S., Summa cum laude (1999)

Languages Spoken
  • English
Location

London

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Kenna Clarke is based in LHDK&W’s London office and practices in the areas of dispute resolution and international arbitration and shipping law.  Ms. Clarke’s practice includes advising on issues in relation to shipbuilding disputes. 

Ms. Clarke is experienced in advising clients in a broad range of commercial arbitrations, including those governed by LMAA, SCMA, SIAC, LCIA and ICC rules. 

Ms. Clarke began her career by clerking for the Honorable Jose L. Fuentes of the Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, before going on to practice as a litigation associate in the United States, dealing with a variety of commercial matters in both state and federal court.

Prior to joining LHDK&W, Ms. Clarke practiced in the Singapore and London offices of Clyde & Co LLP, where she assisted in a significant and lengthy commercial dispute in the English High Court, as well as in several international arbitrations involving drying shipping disputes.

Ms. Clarke is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, and is also admitted to the New York and New Jersey state bars and to the District Court of New Jersey.  Ms. Clarke earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her B.S. Summa Cum Laude from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.

Attorney

Drewry Cooper

Areas of Practice
  • Marine tort litigation
  • Contract litigation
  • Commodities litigation
  • Banking litigation
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Education

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (LPC), Oxford, England (2006); Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (2005); Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium (2004);

Languages Spoken
  • English
Location

London

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Drewry Cooper is based in LHDK&W’s London office and practices in the areas of shipping law and international arbitration and dispute resolution.  Mr. Cooper’s practice includes representing shipbuilding clients on issues involving breach of contract, termination, financing, including refund guarantees, options, legal issues involving aspects of vessel construction and commission disputes.  His practice also includes handling shipbuilding cases and high value commodity cases involving banking issues, and he is experienced in offshore contracts dealing with the towage of FPSOs and rigs and tug charters. 

Mr. Cooper is experienced in representing clients in a broad range of wet and dry shipping disputes.  On the wet side, he represented clients in matters involving collisions, groundings and claims under general average. As a dry shipping lawyer, he has handled claims involving all aspects of time and voyage charterparties, particularly off-hire disputes and cargo claims.  He has a good knowledge of the practical issues surrounding cargo claims, including negotiation of security and collection of evidence. 

Mr. Cooper is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and represents ship builders, ship owners, charterers, yards and P&I Clubs in LMAA arbitration and in the High Court in London.

Prior to joining LHDK&W, Mr. Cooper worked at Hill Dickinson LLP for three years.  Prior to that, he worked at another Legal 500-rated shipping firm in the City of London.

Mr. Cooper completed his Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in 2006.  He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2005, where he studied law.  As part of his degree, he spent one year at Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, in Belgium, where he studied shipping law.

Mr. Cooper is a keen sailor. He is a life-long member of Howth Yacht Club, Dublin, Ireland.

Attorney

Yvonne Dalton

Areas of Practice
  • Product Liability
  • Governmental Regulatory Compliance
  • Automotive Industry
  • Class Action
  • Complex Discovery Systems
  • E-Discovery
Education

Chapman University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2001; Loyola Marymount University, B.A., Cum Laude, 1997.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish
Location

Orange County Office

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Yvonne Dalton is a partner at the Orange County Office.  Her practice focuses on government regulations, product liability litigation and complex class action defense, with a focus on the automotive industry and other consumer products. 

Ms. Dalton works with foreign and domestic manufacturers and distributors and regularly consults on compliance issues on both the federal and state level.  She has represented Korean and German automobile manufacturers and distributors as well as foreign consumer product companies in defending complex product liability and consumer fraud cases on an individual, multi-state and class action level.  In addition, Ms. Dalton specializes in analyzing automotive regulatory issues whether it be safety or emissions related.  She is also experienced in compiling and analyzing information relating to potential safety issues in order to assist with responding to NHTSA inquiries. 

Over the years, Ms. Dalton has developed a highly specialized expertise in the area of e-discovery and its impact on litigation in today’s legal environment.  She is responsible for coordinating overall strategy for preservation, collection, review and production of ESI.  She is the lead defense attorney for developing strategy on e-discovery issues and creating defensible and efficient e-discovery practices for her clients. 

Ms. Dalton is admitted to practice before the state courts of California and the United States District Court, Central District of California.  She is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (DRI) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Attorney

Susan R. Peck

Areas of Practice
  • Product Liability
  • Warranty Litigation & Consumer Law
  • General Tort Litigation
  • Business Litigation
Education

University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1990; Wheaton College, B.A. Summa Cum Laude, 1980.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Location

Orange County Office

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Ms. Peck represents clients in a full range of civil and business litigation, including products liability, contract disputes, insurance bad faith, real estate, professional liability defense, trademark infringement, and entertainment disputes arising out of distribution and employment agreements. Her practice includes representing domestic and foreign motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors. She is an expert in discovery procedures and systems for complex litigation. Ms. Peck also handles consumer law, and lemon law matters involving the Song-Beverly Act, Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Consumer Protection Act, and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigations.

Ms. Peck graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center, and is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of California. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Orange County Bar Association, and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Peck is fluent in French and Spanish.

Attorney

Scott W. Monson

Areas of Practice
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Consumer Law & Warranty Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • General Tort Litigation
Education

Loyola Law School, J.D., 1982; University of Southern California, B.A., 1979.

Location

Orange County Office

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Scott Monson represents foreign and domestic clients in commercial, products liability, consumer law, and complex litigation. His clients are involved in litigation throughout the United States, including California and the Pacific coast, Texas and adjacent states, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and others. He has extensive experience with motor vehicle defect claims, trucks and buses, industrial and heavy equipment, chemical, toxic tort and HazMat claims, food contamination and food borne illness, and transportation litigation. His clients have hired Mr. Monson as trial counsel and also as coordinating counsel on a national or regional basis. He is also frequently hired to give advice and consultation on a variety of regulatory, business and commercial issues.

Mr. Monson represents product manufacturers in catastrophic accident cases involving wrongful death, quadriplegia, paraplegia, burns, dismemberment, and brain injury. His clientele includes domestic and foreign motor vehicle manufacturers who hire him in lawsuits involving seat belts, airbags, roof strength, crashworthiness, rollover, handling and stability, and fire. He also handles litigation for chemical and food additive producers, medical device manufacturers, and consumer appliance makers. Aside from his litigation work, Mr. Monson also consults regarding risk avoidance strategies, risk management procedures, labeling, product warnings and manuals.

Mr. Monson is also hired by businesses and individuals to represent their interests in commercial disputes involving contracts, negotiable instruments, real estate and escrow, insurance, corporate and partnership law, and intellectual property. He also represents clients in consumer law matters involving the Song-Beverly Act, lemon law claims, consumer warranties, unfair competition, Business and Professions Code section 17200, the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, the Automobile Sales Finance Act, the Consumer Protection Act, consumer credit, and consumer privacy protection.

Mr. Monson is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of California. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Society of Automotive Engineers.

Attorney

Marc Wm. Vitolo

Areas of Practice
  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Banking
Education

University of Southern California, M.B.A., 1993; University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1989; University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1986.

Location

Los Angeles Office

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Mr. Vitolo represents and advises foreign and domestic business enterprises in matters ranging from day to day business operations to the development and implementation of major transactions and business agreements.

Mr. Vitolo has extensive experience in the negotiation, structuring and preparation of agreements and documentation for a wide range of transactions, including sales, service, finance, licensing, technology, distribution, marketing, business formation, strategic alliance, acquisition and commercial real estate and lease transactions. Mr. Vitolo also works closely with in house legal departments and serves as outside corporate counsel for many business enterprises, including a large foreign automobile distributor.

Mr. Vitolo works with banking institutions and borrowers regarding commercial and asset based lending/loan documentation issues. Additionally, he has experience handling and supervising business litigation matters, including creditor/debtor matters, on behalf of lending institutions.

Mr. Vitolo’s legal and business background, which includes a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business (with an emphasis in the areas of Finance and General Management), enables him to provide effective and efficient legal counsel to assist decision-makers in achieving their business goals and objectives.

Mr. Vitolo is admitted to practice in the State of California.

Attorney

Larry R. Schmadeka

Areas of Practice
  • Complex & Class Action Litigation
  • Domestic and International Arbitration
  • IP Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Products Liability Litigation
Education

Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1992; Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Departmental Honors, 1987.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Mandarin (conversant)
Location

Los Angeles Office
Orange County Office

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Larry R. Schmadeka’s principal practice area is complex litigation, including patent/intellectual property and products liability. He has extensive experience defending foreign and domestic corporations in complex and class action litigation in various state and federal courts. Mr. Schmadeka, as part of LHDK&W’s Pacific Rim practice, also represents foreign and domestic enterprises in general, complex and class action litigation including his role as national coordinating counsel for multiple class action suits against a foreign automobile distributor involving consumer fraud allegations.

Mr. Schmadeka has defended patent litigation and intellectual property disputes on behalf of foreign- based enterprises in a number of district courts, including the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District Texas, Northern District of California, and Southern District of California.  He has worked on numerous electronics technology patent litigations involving mobile communications, cellular telephone systems, and digital audio and/or video players.  Mr. Schmadeka also counsels clients on strategy and planning in pre-litigation and transactional matters.

As a leading member of the defense team in a recent complex litigation matter in California state court, Mr. Schmadeka:

  • Represented defendants at a trial involving 36 plaintiffs;
  • Obtained summary judgment against plaintiffs in 26 wrongful death cases after reversal of plaintiff verdicts;
  • Obtained dismissals against 24 plaintiffs before the court on retrial;
  • Obtained summary judgment against 83 plaintiffs.

Mr. Schmadeka has worked with a foreign automobile manufacturer/distributor in nationwide coordination of products liability litigation, including responses to discovery and document retention. He has represented Korean, Japanese, German and United States automobile manufacturers/distributors. 

Mr. Schmadeka advises clients in employment dispute matters.  Mr. Schmadeka’s experience includes defending employers in employment litigation (e.g., wage and hour, wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination, and sexual harassment) in both state and federal court, as well as arbitral forums.  In addition, he has extensive experience in counseling employers, including Korean and Chinese - owned enterprises, regarding employment practices, including wage and hour issues, employment policies, employee training, and issues involving trade secrets and intellectual property.

In addition to these practice areas, Mr. Schmadeka has participated in the creation of public relation strategies to deal with adverse publicity; represented plaintiffs in severe personal injury and wrongful death cases; counseled clients involving matters before state banking and other regulatory agencies; handled general commercial business litigation; and represented a Los Angeles police officer in an internal affairs investigation.

He is admitted to practice before the state courts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Courts, Central and Eastern Districts of California.

Mr. Schmadeka serves on the Board of Governors for the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont-McKenna College. In addition, Mr. Schmadeka serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Aiko Institute, an organization dedicated to the teaching of aikido.

Attorney

Richard C. Salfelder

Areas of Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Technology Licensing
Education

Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2000; State University of New York, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1982.

Location

Los Angeles Office

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Richard C. Salfelder is a patent attorney practicing in the area of intellectual property with emphasis in patent preparation, prosecution and licensing throughout the world. His practice covers a broad range of technologies including electrical, mechanical and biomedical technologies.

Prior to joining LHDK&W, Mr. Salfelder worked as an attorney at a major intellectual property law firm dealing with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecutions related to various technical fields of art, including electro-mechanical devices and medical equipment. Mr. Salfelder has extensive experience in client interviews, counseling, preparing applications and working with examiners in the United States Patent and Trademarks Office. He also advises clients on infringement issues.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Salfelder worked for 13 years as an electrical engineer for Grumman Aerospace and Hughes Aircraft Company in the areas of design and testing of satellite telemetry and command systems. His duties included preparing technical specifications and documentation dealing with the design and operation of automated test equipment for military communication satellite components. He also defined engineering requirements for test hardware, software and flight hardware.

During law school, Mr. Salfelder interned for Chief Judge Terry J. Hatter, United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Salfelder is licensed to practice in the State of California and is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association American Intellectual Property Law Association and a member of the Theta Mu Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical Engineering National Honor Society.

Attorney

Terry S. Park

Areas of Practice
  • Business Litigation
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Employment Laws
Education

Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2003; University of Southern California, B.A., 2000.

Location

Los Angeles Office

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Terry S. Park handles a broad range of complex business litigation, real estate and employment matters in federal and state courts.  Mr. Park has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial landlord-tenant disputes, including unlawful detainers, evictions, lease negotiations, unpaid rent and defense of tenants’ breach of lease claims. Mr. Park regularly obtains unlawful detainer judgments, judgments for unpaid rent and favorable out-of-court settlements on behalf of landlords.  He also has significant experience in non-disclosure claims, broker-commission disputes, Americans with Disabilities Act claims and premises-liability claims. 

Mr. Park has handled numerous litigation matters involving breach of contract, investment fraud, trade secret misappropriation claims and corporate director and shareholder disputes. Mr. Park’s litigation practice also encompasses defending employers against labor and employment matters, including wrongful termination, wage and hour, discrimination and retaliation claims.

Mr. Park is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including obtaining and defending against requests for pre-judgment remedies, written discovery and depositions, and law and motion.  Mr. Park has successfully participated in numerous mediations and trials resulting in positive resolutions for his clients. Additionally, Mr. Park has successfully collected on judgments for his clients through the California Enforcement of Judgments Law, including obtaining judgment liens against debtors’ real and personal property, levying debtors’ bank accounts and garnishing debtors’ wages.

Mr. Park is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts of California.  He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California.  Mr. Park also devotes numerous pro-bono hours on behalf of low-income individuals and families in the greater Los Angeles area. 

Attorney

Peter Y. Lee

Areas of Practice
  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Business
  • General Litigation
Education

University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1992; University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1989.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Korean
Location

Los Angeles Office

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Peter Y. Lee is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey, specializing in the areas of real estate, construction and business law.  Within his areas of expertise, Mr. Lee handles both transactional and litigation matters.  Having started his legal career as a litigator, Mr. Lee’s practice evolved into handling complex transactions and providing general counseling to his corporate clients. 

Mr. Lee’s real estate practice involves advising clients on a wide range of real estate issues, such as development, acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, property management, foreclosure, environmental, risk management, and insurance coverage.  Mr. Lee previously worked at Cox, Castle & Nicholson, a leading real estate law firm.  Mr. Lee’s recent transactional work includes the purchase and financing of a $28 million shopping center, an $11 million industrial building, and a $6 million office building.  With the recent downturn in the economy, a number of clients have sought Mr. Lee’s assistance with loan workouts and foreclosure proceedings. 

In the area of construction law, Mr. Lee represents developers, owners, contractors, design professionals and trades at all stages of construction, from contract formation, to the bidding process, to disputes that arise during or after construction, such as change order claims, delay claims, and defective work claims.  Mr. Lee was instrumental in resolving a number of complex construction disputes involving numerous contractors, trades, suppliers, and their respective insurers, including a $10 million settlement involving a public works project. 

Mr. Lee also represents various businesses in different industries, such as those in the textile, high-tech, manufacturing, import/export, banking, insurance, and financial services.  He provides general counseling on a wide range of topics that affect businesses such as labor and employment matters, franchise and licensing agreements, trademark and copyright law, confidentiality and trade secret disputes, and unfair business practice claims.  Mr. Lee takes great pride in offering practical, result-oriented advice to further his clients’ business objectives.

As part of his litigation practice, Mr. Lee has handled numerous cases from inception to successful resolution, whether by mediation, arbitration or trial.  His experience includes substantial appellate work including multiple appearances before the California Court of Appeal.  He actively practices in both state and federal courts, having been admitted to the Northern, Central and Southern California Districts of the United States District Court.

Attorney

Andrew B. Lee

Areas of Practice
  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Outside Corporate Counsel
Education

University of Southern California, J.D., 1986; University of California, Berkeley, B.S. Business Administration, 1983.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Korean
  • Japanese
Location

Los Angeles Office

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Andrew Lee is a founding member of the firm, and he advises international business enterprises in corporate and financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, international and cross-border transactions, products liability, real estate, tax and other general business matters. He has extensive experience representing corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures of major Korean multinational companies in various commercial transactions. Client industries include steel, automobile, medical devices, Internet, banking and real estate.

Mr. Lee represented a major Korean steel company in an international consortium to build and operate a USD 600 million steel facility in Venezuela. He has handled numerous acquisitions and dispositions involving millions of dollars of foreign subsidiary corporations or operating units on behalf of major Korean business groups.

Mr. Lee also has substantial experience advising in-house corporate counsel and/or executives as outside corporate counsel, including serving as national or regional counsel for large corporations. In his role as outside corporate counsel, Mr. Lee advises clients on internal company issues, such as labor and employment matters and disputes, creating and enforcing corporate policies and procedures, and advising and counseling the Board of Directors and management on general matters. Mr. Lee also has broad extensive experience managing large litigation cases including products liability cases for foreign and domestic manufacturers and distributors.

Having passed the CPA exam and worked at a major international accounting firm, Mr. Lee’s technical financial background and diverse cultural awareness enable him to successfully represent large Korean companies in their international business dealings.

He is admitted to practice in California and the United States Tax Court.

Attorney

Jonathan Y. Kang

Areas of Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Technology Licensing
Education

Loyola Law School, J.D., 1993; University of California, Los Angeles, M.S.E.E., 1986; University of California, Los Angeles, B.S.E.E., Cum Laude, 1984.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Korean
Location

Los Angeles Office

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Mr. Kang’s practice covers all aspects of patent and intellectual property law, including patent prosecution and acquisition, licensing negotiation, litigation, validity and infringement opinions, product clearance, technology transfers and joint ventures. He also provides counsel regarding patent portfolio management and licensing programs.

Mr. Kang’s expertise includes wireless communications, audio/video codec, digital television, memory devices, Internet protocol, liquid crystal displays, consumer electronic equipment, semiconductors, business models, automotive technologies, medical devices, integrated circuits, microprocessors, computers, software and mechanical devices. In these disciplines, he has prepared and successfully prosecuted hundreds of patent applications. In addition, Mr. Kang has significant experience in wireless telecommunication technology (CDMA, GSM/GPRS, WCDMA, cdma2000, LTE) including license negotiations with major telecommunication companies regarding technically essential patents.

He was a recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for legal services from the State Bar of California’s board of governors.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Kang designed and developed digital signal processing and diagnostic algorithms for military radar and automated test equipment while serving as an engineering supervisor at Hughes.

He is admitted to practice in California, the United States District Courts, Central and Northern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Attorney

Chan S. Jeon

Areas of Practice
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Corporate
  • General Litigation
Education

Loyola Law School, J.D., 2003; University of Southern California, B.A., 1998.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Korean
  • Japanese
Location

Los Angeles Office

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Chan S. Jeon has extensive experience in representing foreign and domestic financial institutions in a wide range of litigation and transactional matters.  Mr. Jeon’s primary area of practice includes advising and representing financial institutions on secured/unsecured commercial lending, syndicated/participated loan transactions, lender negotiation, complex intercreditor issues, workouts, project financing, and exercise of creditor remedies.  Mr. Jeon also regularly counsels with LHDK&W’s financial institutions clients regarding operational issues, regulatory matters, risk assessment, and contract issues.  Mr. Jeon frequently speaks at seminars and workshops held by financial institutions on various topics including loan documentation strategies, personal/real property secured lending transactions, and exercise of creditor remedies. 

Mr. Jeon also routinely advises LHDK&W’s international and domestic corporate clients on a wide range of corporate and general company matters, including but not limited to formation of business entities, creating and enforcing relevant company policies and procedures, labor and employment disputes, and negotiating, structuring, and preparing agreements and documentation for a wide range of business transactions.

Mr. Jeon is admitted to practice in California and in the United States Central District Court.

Attorney

Soo A. Hong

Areas of Practice
  • IP Litigation
  • IP Licensing
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Complex & Class Action Litigation
Education

New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1998; Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1997; University of California, Riverside, B.A., 1994.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Korean
Location

Los Angeles Office

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Soo Hong practices in the area of intellectual property with focus on patent litigation, intellectual licensing matters, as well as other complex commercial, products liability and employment litigations.

Ms. Hong currently serves as the National Discovery Counsel for a major international corporation, and regularly works with discovery teams in patent litigation.  She handles electronic discovery and management of large document cases throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission, in matters involving mobile communications, cellular telephone systems, home entertainment and display technologies.  She is also involved in licensing negotiation, and regularly counsels clients on licensing agreements involving home entertainment and display technologies.
 
Ms. Hong also has substantial experience in the representation of clients in all aspects of complex commercial and products liability litigation, including handling all aspects of automobile products liability defense in complex rollover litigation involving sport utility vehicles, including researching complex issues related to handling and stability of sports utility vehicles, pleadings, discovery and the oversight of dynamic handling and stability testing.  She also has substantial experience advising manufacturers/distributors in matters of regulatory compliance, including federal safety standards, federal and state environmental standards and federal trade commission regulations.

Ms. Hong is admitted to practice before the state courts of California.

Attorney

Simon S. Hong

Areas of Practice
  • Domestic and International Arbitration
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Business
  • Corporate
Education

Georgetown University, J.D., 1988; University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1984.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Location

Los Angeles Office

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Simon Hong is a founding member of the firm and practices in the areas of domestic and international commercial transactions, corporate law, and finance, with a particular emphasis on cross-border disputes.  Mr. Hong also represents global shipbuilding clients in international arbitration and dispute resolution.  He also oversees and manages complex commercial litigation involving major international conglomerates and financial institutions.  Mr. Hong is registered as a “Foreign Law Consultant” in Korea and heads the firm’s “Foreign Legal Consultant Office” in Seoul. 

As part of the firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice, Mr. Hong represents and advises global shipbuilding clients in connection with multiple pending matters before major arbitral tribunals around the world.  Mr. Hong also advises shipbuilding clients with respect to pre-arbitration matters, settlement discussions, and contractual negotiations related to various international commercial shipbuilding contracts. 

Mr. Hong’s practice also includes representing foreign companies doing business in the United States, providing advice and counsel on corporate and financial transactions, cross-border transactions and litigation, regulatory compliance, and complex commercial litigation.  Mr. Hong’s expertise and background have uniquely positioned him to serve as outside general counsel for U.S. subsidiaries of several multinational conglomerates, and he also represents a Korean semi-government agency in the export credit and bond insurance business.

Mr. Hong frequently speaks at seminars and workshops both in the U.S. and Korea on domestic and international commercial arbitration, international trade and cross-border transactions, and international banking matters.  In recognition of his expertise, Mr. Hong has been appointed as legal advisor to the Korea Trade Promotion Corporation’s FTA Help Desk (KOTRA), a non-profit, governmental agency promoting international trade and investment.  He also serves as the Overseas Trade Advisor to the Governor of Gyeongsangnam-do Province of the Republic of Korea, advising the Governor on international trade matters with an emphasis in the heavy machinery, shipbuilding, chemical, and aerospace manufacturing industries.

Mr. Hong’s recent representative matters include:

International Arbitration matters

  • Represents shipbuilder in a contractual dispute with a buyer regarding a contract to construct a large deepwater drillship with a purchase price of over $600 million.

  • Represents shipbuilder in dispute with a shipbroker regarding alleged commission payments due from a terminated shipbuilding project.

  • Represents shipbuilder in a contractual dispute with various related buyers concerning issues related to the provision of refund and performance guarantees in connection with contracts to construct three commercial tanker vessels with purchase prices of over $32 million each. 

  • Represents shipbuilder in contractual disputes with various related buyers regarding contracts to construct large commercial vessels priced in excess of $30 million each. 

  • Represents shipbuilder in a contractual dispute with buyers regarding a contract to construct two commercial tanker vessels with purchase a purchase price of over $31 million each. 

    Commercial and Financial Institutional matters

  • Represented and advised (1) a major Korean bank in its sale of non-performing loans to U.S. lenders, for over $300 million; (2) Korean investment bank in its sale of non-performing loans (US$ 195 million) to U.S. private equity fund; and (3) U.S. investment entity in its successful bid to purchase non-performing loans (US$ 324 million) from a Korean financial institution.

  • Represented a New York state chartered bank in the acquisition of the entire loan portfolio of another California financial institution.

  • Represented a national supermarket chain borrower in the structuring and negotiating a $55 million syndicated credit facility.  Oversaw the negotiation of the loan package with lead lender and also advised client with issues related to multiple collateral owned by multiple subsidiaries spread over more than 10 states. 

  • Counseled an international steel manufacturer regarding the proposed acquisition of a coated steel manufacturing facility located in California, from a manufacturer with operations in California and Washington.  The firm’s attorneys performed extensive due diligence regarding the proposed acquisition of the facility.

  • Represented a Korean banking client in the sale of its 100% stake in a California state chartered bank.  Obtained regulatory approvals related to the sale from relevant bank regulatory authorities, including but not limited to the Federal Reserve Board, the California Department of Financial Institutions, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the New York State Banking Department. 

  • Defended a major Korean bank against a cease and desist order issued by United States banking regulators.  Also defended the bank and its U.S. branch against claims by banking regulators for civil money penalties.

    Commercial Litigation matters

     

  • Represented a Korean bank and National Agricultural Cooperative Association as creditors in a large, complex bankruptcy matter in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, defending in disallowance adversary proceedings their claims against the bankruptcy estate collectively totaling over $194 million.  In 2010, negotiated a favorable settlement agreement for the firm’s clients that entitled them to ultimately collectively recover over 50 percent of the available assets of the estate, more than any other creditor.

  • Attained successful dismissal, with prejudice, on behalf of an international bank involving complex tort claims alleging complicated scheme to defraud plaintiff and various other illegal financial transactions.  Aggressive defense lead to a conclusive determination that plaintiff’s claims to multi-million dollars in unspecified damages had no merit.

  • Secured voluntary dismissal of a $2 billion federal lawsuit alleging conspiracy between bank client and Government of Korea to destroy a large construction company. 

  • Obtained judgment in excess of $27 million following a jury trial relating to unpaid bills of exchange.


    Mr. Hong is admitted to practice in California, and is registered as a Foreign Law Consultant in Korea.

  • * Patent Agent

    Harry S. Lee

    Areas of Practice
    • Patents
    Education

    Michigan State University, Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, 2002; University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.S. in Bacteriology, 1993; Western Illinois University, B.S in Biology with emphasis in Microbiology, 1990.

    Location

    Los Angeles Office

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    As a patent agent, Dr. Harry Lee prepares and prosecutes patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Lee’s patent prosecution experience in U.S. and foreign patent practice has covered various technologies, including telecommunication technology, wireless communication systems, digital electronic displays, health foods, and electrical and mechanical technologies. Dr. Lee also has extensive patent prosecution experience in the field of biotechnology, including identification of novel genes and proteins, recombinant DNA technology, immunology, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, gene therapy, cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, diagnostic assays, stem cells, transgenics, herbal medicine, angiogenesis regulation, and vaccines, among others.

    Dr. Lee has an educational background in the areas of microbiology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and protein purification and interactions. As a research scientist, Dr. Lee studied molecular mechanisms involved in protein secretion of bacteria. Dr. Lee served as a teaching/research assistant during his graduate study. He also served as a Korean/English translator in the Korean army.

    Dr. Lee is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Dr. Lee is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).


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