University of California Hastings, J.D. 1987; California State University at Fullerton, B.A. (High Honors), 1981;
Los Angeles Office
James I. Bang is a partner in the Los Angeles office and practices in the areas of general and complex civil litigation. He is an experienced litigator in the areas of commercial, employment, real estate, trademark, copyright and construction disputes. He represents business entities in heavy industry and construction, air transportation, mass and information media, information technology, apparel, tire and rubber, electronic game development, entertainment, food processing and distribution, telecommunications, finance and investment, and banking, as well as foreign government agencies and high profile individuals.
Mr. Bang has over 25 years of experience in litigation and trial management of intellectual property matters (trademark, copyright and patent), a broad range of contractual disputes and business torts including unfair competition claims, and employment disputes before state and federal courts. His employment law experience includes successfully defending class actions and handling private attorney general actions. His commercial and business tort experience includes successfully defending a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit brought against the Iraq Grain Board.
Mr. Bang has represented real estate developers, real estate brokers, property management companies, general contractors, and subcontractors in real estate and construction disputes in litigation and alternative dispute resolution forums. After a protracted mediation, Mr. Bang successfully obtained a seven-digit settlement on behalf of a client against one of the largest international construction companies in claims relating to a U.S. power plant project.
Mr. Bang has devoted significant time to transactional and compliance matters, including formation and establishment of various corporations and limited liability companies, negotiating and drafting license agreements, distribution agreements, lease agreements, and developing corporate structures. He has also advised his clients in complying with the rules and regulations of United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, United States Customs and Border Protection, and other governmental agencies. He negotiated and drafted the Agreement between the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and the Government of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Supply of Light Water Reactors.
Immediately prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bang served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs and Operations (the equivalent of General Counsel) at Cha Health Systems, Inc., where he negotiated, drafted and advised on various contracts, consulted and supported the human resources team regarding employment law issues, liaised with outside counsel in formulating litigation strategy, assisted top executives in establishing business plans and company policies, and handled corporate governance issues. This in-house experience has provided Mr. Bang with a unique perspective in managing transactional, regulatory and litigation matters in a cost-effective and client-friendly manner.
Mr. Bang is frequently invited as a lecturer and commentator. He has lectured at Pepperdine University School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles Extension, KAIST, State University of New York, Korea, Konkuk University, Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency, and Korean Investors and Traders Association.
Mr. Bang provides pro bono services and actively promotes public interests. He is the President of Hollywood Life Center Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors. He also serves as the Chairman of the steering committee for the Far East Broadcasting Company, Korea’s Western Region of the United States.
Mr. Bang is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts of California (Central District and Eastern District) and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.
University of California, Irvine, 2005; Golden Gate University, School of Law, 2011; Sungkyunkwan University, School of Law in Seoul, Korea, Summer of 2009
Los Angeles Office
Kay Suh is an associate in the Los Angeles office and is a member of the corporate transactional and litigation groups. Ms. Suh’s prior experience includes transactional matters in general and entertainment & sports related fields, e-discovery in patent infringement litigation, and tort liability.
Ms. Suh earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Suh received her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University, School of Law, where she received honors scholarship. Prior to attending law school, she taught high school level English in Korea. During law school, Ms. Suh participated in the Summer Abroad Program at Sungkyunkwan University, School of Law in Seoul, Korea, and also interned at the Constitutional Court of Korea and Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). Ms. Suh also served as a representative of the Student Bar Association at Golden Gate University, as Law Student Council of the Asian American Bar Association, and as Vice Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.
Ms. Suh is admitted to practice law in the State of California, and the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She is a member of the International Association of Korean Lawyers, Asian American Bar Association, Korean American Bar Association, and Phi Delta Phi, an international legal honor society.
University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 2012; Dartmouth College, 2008
Los Angeles Office
Trudy Hong is an associate in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Hong’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration and dispute resolution.
Ms. Hong has experience representing clients across a number of industries, including the chemicals, energy, health care, banking, transportation, food and beverage, specialty chemicals, and homebuilding and construction industries. She has represented private and public companies, secured lenders, convertible noteholders, and unsecured creditors in the context of large, complex out-of-court corporate restructurings, reorganization proceedings, and adversary proceedings.
Ms. Hong received her B.A. in international relations and Russian area studies from Dartmouth College. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Business Law. During law school, Ms. Hong interned for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Hong was also an instructor with the Prisoners’ Education and Advocacy Project, and was the founder and instructor of Work It! Hip Hop Aerobics Studio.
Before joining LHDK&W, Ms. Hong was associated with the Washington, D.C. office of a large international law firm.
Ms. Hong is admitted to practice in the State of California.
Samford University, MBA (1995) Tulane University, JD (1972), Tulane Law Review Tulane University, BA (1969)
Los Angeles Office
James C. Wilson, Jr. is an expert corporate and corporate finance lawyer who has had extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, tax, securities, finance, capital formation (including venture capital and private equity transactions), and various types of international business transactions. Mr. Wilson is also experienced in industrial financing transactions for various industries. He has been involved in international corporate transactions throughout his career, including construction projects with significant financing issues centered around letters of guarantee, joint venture and licensing agreements, acquisitions and divestures involving the Middle East, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Mexico, Northern Ireland and Germany, among other countries. These transactions have involved inward (foreign companies investing in the US) and outward (US companies investing abroad) investment.
Mr. Wilson was previously a partner at Bradley, Arant, Rose & White, Sirote & Permutt, and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in their corporate practice groups. Mr. Wilson is currently an adjunct professor of law at the University of Alabama law school and at Cumberland School of Law, teaching international business transactions, securities regulation and corporate finance.
Mr. Wilson has been recognized as an “Alabama Super Lawyer” in corporate and business law from 2009 to 2013 and listed for a number of years as a Best Lawyer in International Finance and Corporate matters.
U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, LLM (1999) University of Georgia, JD (1994) Editor in Chief of the Georgia Law Review, Order of the Coif. U.S. Military Academy (West Point) (1987) Distinguished Cadet; Phillips Academy
Los Angeles Office
Matthew J. Gilligan’s practice focuses exclusively on employment law and litigation. He has successfully defended clients in all types of employment-related litigation and other disputes, regularly counsels employers on compliance with employment laws, and has extensive experience defending employers in government investigations, including state and federal OSHA investigations.
Mr. Gilligan is a frequent lecturer on employment law and related human resources topics, and he has published articles on employment law and other legal topics in The National Law Journal, Benefits Law Journal, Occupational Safety & Health, Georgia Law Review, Military Law Review, Public Safety Labor News, The Army Lawyer, Pulp & Paper Association Quarterly Review, and The Officer. He has been quoted on employment law topics in FORTUNE magazine, CNNMoney.com, FORTUNE Small Business, NYTimes.com, Employment360, BNA’s Workforce Strategies, Thompson’s FMLA Handbook, and Thompson’s Leave & Disability Coordination Handbook.
Mr. Gilligan was previously a partner at the national law firm of Alston & Bird. He has been recognized as a “Georgia Super Lawyer” (in labor and employment law), as published in Atlanta Magazine.
Mr. Gilligan is admitted to practice in the states of Georgia and Massachusetts, United States Supreme Court, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Military Appeals, and United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1980; University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A. Economics, 1977.
Los Angeles Office
Karen A. Rooney has had over 30-years of litigation experience, with an emphasis in employment litigation. She has defended employers of all types and sizes against claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, tort claims, including fraud, wage and hour, including class action claims, and other employment-related claims. Ms. Rooney has also prosecuted and defended claims for trade secret misappropriation and related claims including tortious interference with contract and business advantage and has obtained potential workplace violence injunctions. Ms. Rooney’s litigation experience also extends to commercial litigation including business torts, securities litigation, real estate transactions and contract disputes.
What sets Ms. Rooney apart from other practitioners in the labor/employment area is her extensive trial and arbitration experience. While the bulk of cases end short of trial or arbitration, Ms. Rooney can and has taken numerous cases through trial or arbitration and appeal. Below are examples of Ms. Rooney’s trial work:
The last twelve years have produced a great deal of litigation related to the enforceability of employment arbitration agreements. Ms. Rooney filed several petitions to enforce various arbitration agreements and represented employer in two cases that went to the appellate level. As the use of employment arbitration agreements increased, Ms. Rooney successfully represented employers in at least 30 arbitration hearings. The arbitrated cases included age discrimination/reduction in force claims; commission claims; wrongful termination/breach of contract claims; sexual harassment claims; disability discrimination claims; and claims against broker-dealer employers.
Although Ms. Rooney’s practice primarily focuses on the litigation and disposition of adversarial proceedings initiated by employees, she also provides advice and counsel to employers regarding employment issues.
Ms. Rooney has served on the Board of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Attorney Referral Service and has volunteered as a mediator with both the Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Ms. Rooney has also conducted a number of training sessions on employment law issues and trial strategy/skills.
Columbia Business School M.B.A, 2006; University of the Pacific McGeorge SOL J.D., 1998; University of California, Los Angeles B.S. 1994;
Los Angeles Office
Peter Rho is a partner in the transactions group. He advises U.S. and international clients on a broad range of transactional matters with a focus on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance and startup companies. He serves as primary outside counsel to companies and entrepreneurs in various sectors, including technology, media, entertainment, real estate and general commercial business.
Mr. Rho’s legal advice is enhanced by a deep knowledge of business management. He has an M.B.A. from Colombia Business School and, before devoting himself to the practice of law, served as a consultant on business management strategies to clients throughout the world.
Mr. Rho has extensive experience in the negotiation, structuring and preparation of agreements and documentation for a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, music and film production, technology, licensing, distribution, marketing, business formation, strategic alliances and commercial real estate and lease transactions.
Mr. Rho’s experience includes:
Mr. Rho is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Korean Health Education and Information Research Center and an active member of the Korean American Bar Association, serving as chair of its legal diversity committee and a regular volunteer at their monthly pro-bono clinics.
Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., M.B.A., 2007; University of California, San Diego, B.A., 2003.
Orange County Office
Tammy Lo is an associate in the Orange County office and a member of the corporate transactional and business litigation groups. Ms. Lo’s prior experience includes private equity financings, corporate maintenance and governance matters. Presently, Ms. Lo’s practice focuses on international and domestic corporate transactions, as well as general business and banking and financial services litigation.
Ms. Lo received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She earned her J.D. and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University School of Law, graduating with completion of the International High Technology program. During law school, Ms. Lo externed for the Honorable Jeremy Fogel at the Northern District of California. Ms. Lo is a member of Phi Delta Phi, an honors legal fraternity, and served as Secretary of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley.
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1975, National Moot Court Finalist Awards Winner, Lewis F. Powell Medal, American College of Trial Lawyers; Sewanee, The University of the South, B.A., Honors Graduate in Political Science, Order of Gownsmen (Academic Honors), 3 years; United States Marine Corps, Captain, 1968-1972, Bronze Star w/V
Orange County Office
Stephen Waimey specializes in representing corporations regarding serious liability issues including class action, product liability, and commercial matters. His background experience was in antitrust and appellate litigation, and he then commenced a successful career of trying product liability, commercial and government regulatory disputes. An active trial attorney during his career, he has also developed a no-nonsense ability to advise clients on the risks of litigation and evaluating evidence and jurisdictions to make key trial decisions. He also focuses on providing strategic advice to corporations confronting high risk situations, which inevitably has led him to handling matters involving highly confidential corporate issues and internal investigations.
Steve also has had the unique opportunity to provide representation over his career to a wide range of foreign corporations in doing business in the United States. These have included companies from Korea, Japan, Germany, Canada, Central and South America, and elsewhere. He is particularly skilled at the problems related to starting up major operations in the United States and the risks from the U.S. legal system, which can damage and derail foreign companies in their drive to be successful here. His experience includes his tenure as first outside and then inside General Counsel of Kia Motors America, Inc. during its development years.
On several occasions, Steve created nationwide litigation management systems to assume the burdens for foreign companies in handling their inevitable litigation throughout the United States. These services start from initial advice on controlling product risk issues and providing warnings and instructions, through investigation serious incidents, retaining local counsel, supervising litigation, handling discovery on a cost-effective basis, which is also user-friendly to foreign managers and engineers, working with experts and providing critical advice on whether to try or settle individual cases. These services also include sophisticated planning and systems using both dedicated servers and online web based platforms for managing large amounts of document and information discovery. The results are long term cost control, error free discovery and consistent discovery responses between cases - even when litigated many years apart to ensure that sanctions and default judgments are avoided.
Steve also has a wide ranging, but highly specialized expertise in the automotive industry. As a long time member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Product Liability Advisory Council, as well as other industry specific legal organizations, he has handled virtually every type of automotive product liability issue from the product planning, regulatory and litigation perspectives. He has worked with the best experts in the industry in evaluating, litigation and trying high risk issues, and has a corresponding sophisticated knowledge of cutting edge technologies with significant product liability risks. He has also represented auto manufacturers in adversarial proceedings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration throughout his career. Not a lobbyist, Steve specializes in compiling and analyzing evidence where potential safety issues exist and in ensuring that NHTSA does not make mistakes in forcing manufacturers to conduct recalls in inappropriate situations.
His career long class action work has also taken him through some of the most complicated and difficult issues that confront auto manufacturers regarding their products, handling cases across the United States with outstanding local counsel and managing the huge amounts of documents and information involved in such cases, while providing cutting edge advice to the companies in defeating certification as well as in preventing large scale recoveries for plaintiffs attorneys. He has been unusually successful in evaluating risk in allowing manufacturers to decide when cases are appropriate for trial, if certification is granted.
Steve is admitted to practice before the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second and Ninth Federal Appellate Courts, the state courts of California and all Federal District Courts in California, along with the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Western State University College of Law, J.D., 2009; Jackson State University, 2006
Orange County Office
Omar Ameer Stokley is an associate in our Orange County office. His practice focuses on class action defense, products liability litigation, and governmental regulations.
He earned his Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law where he graduated Cum Laude ranking fifth in his class. Mr. Stokley was a member of the Western State Law Review and received several awards for his academic achievements. He graduated with the highest grade point average in the Western States Business Law Studies program. Mr. Stokley worked as an extern for the Los Angeles Office of the Security Exchange Commission during law school.
Mr. Stokley earned his B.A. From Jackson State University in Jackson Mississippi in Business Administration with an emphasis on finance. He also played baseball for Jackson State during his tenure. He was nominated for all conference recognition and was Southwestern Athletic Conference pitcher of the week for 3 consecutive weeks during his senior season. In 2006 he was the recipient of the William Winter Scholarship for his academic achievements.
Loyola Law School, J.D., 2011; University of California, Irvine, B.A., East Asian Languages & Literatures, 2006
Orange County Office
Susanna Nary Shin is an associate in the Orange County office and a member of the corporate transactional and business litigation groups.
Ms. Shin received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine. She also studied Japanese Language and Literature at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Ms. Shin received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. While at Loyola Law School, she completed internships with the Riverside County’s District Attorney’s Office and the Cancer Legal Resource Center. Ms. Shin is admitted to practice in the State of California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Howard University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, B.S., 2009
Orange County Office
Linda Ajawara is an associate in the Orange County office. Her practice focuses on class action defense, general civil litigation, and products liability litigation. Prior to joining LHDKW, Ms. Ajawara served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable George A. Yanthis at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Ajawara’s experience includes civil and commercial litigation in patent law, trademark law, immigration law, civil fraud, business law, and contracts. While in law school, Ms. Ajawara served as an extern with the Global Intellectual Property Academy at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also completed internships at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and the Appellate Division of the Office of Immigration Litigation at the United States Department of Justice. Ms. Ajawara also served as a judicial intern with the Chambers of the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the Chambers of the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Ms. Ajawara received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She earned her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, graduating cum laude. Ms. Ajawara was a member of the Howard Law Journal and the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. She was a participant in the Howard University School of Law Intellectual Property and Trademark Clinic and the DC Bar Pro Se Divorce Clinic. She was a two-time recipient of the Howard University Merit Fellowship. She was the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Law School Award, the R. Kenneth Mundy Endowed Scholarship Award, and the CALI Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Torts II, Entertainment Law, Secured Transactions, and Copyright.
Ms. Ajawara is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court, Central District of California, and the United States District Court, Northern District of California.
University of California Los Angeles, J.D., 2008; University of California Los Angeles, B.A., 2005
Los Angeles Office
Orange County Office
Keith Fichtelman’s practice focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution, financial services litigation, and other complex commercial litigation.
As a member of the firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice group, Mr. Fichtelman regularly advises clients regarding disputes, especially disputes regarding shipbuilding contracts, pending before various international arbitration forums, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).
Mr. Fichtelman’s legal experience includes a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, business torts, securities class actions, trade secrets, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy matters.
Mr. Fichtelman earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California at Los Angeles. He received his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law and also studied for a year at the University of Minnesota Law School. While in law school, Mr. Fichtelman participated in a prestigious externship with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda based in Arusha, Tanzania. The tribunal is tasked with the adjudication of war crimes charges against the alleged perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Prior to joining LHDK&W, Mr. Fichtelman was a litigation associate with the international law firm McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.
Mr. Fichtelman is admitted to practice in the State of California and the United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California. He is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County bar associations, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s Young & International Association, and the London Court of International Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group. Mr. Fichtelman has also served as a coach of the UCLA Mock Trial Team, including during their 2004 and 2011 National Championship seasons.
Recent representative experience has included:
Loyola Law School J.D., 2007 (Full Academic Scholarship); University of California, Los Angeles B.A., Cum Laude 2003
Orange County Office
Jessica Avery is an associate in the Orange County office and a member of the Tort and Products Liability Group. Her practice includes product liability litigation, business and insurance defense litigation, and general civil litigation. Mrs. Avery has experience defending domestic and international corporations against personal injury, contractual, construction, and business related claims.
Mrs. Avery earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles with honors. She also studied British History and Literature at the University of Cambridge in England. Mrs. Avery received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School where she was awarded a full academic scholarship. While at Loyola Law School, Mrs. Avery was Chief Articles Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review. Additionally, Mrs. Avery served as a judicial extern for Justice Thomas Willhite of the California Court of Appeal.
Mrs. Avery is admitted to practice in the State of California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.
University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1998; University of California, Berkeley, B.A. with Highest Honors, 1995.
Orange County Office
Eric Olson has a complex commercial litigation and counseling practice that embraces a broad range of issues in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis in banking, financial services, real estate, and commercial law matters. Mr. Olson supervises the firm’s vibrant Banking and Financial Services Litigation practice group, and he serves as the firm’s lead attorney in matters in which the firm represents the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Mr. Olson has particular experience representing domestic and international banks, commercial lenders, and other financial institutions in lending-related litigation, both commercial and consumer, and he frequently represents creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. Mr. Olson has extensive experience in using judicial and nonjudicial remedies to enforce commercial loan and guaranty obligations and in defending financial institutions against individual and class action lender liability claims, contractual disputes, business tort disputes, and other commercial litigation matters. Mr. Olson also regularly engages in pre-litigation analysis and counseling with the firm’s clients regarding a wide variety of ad hoc legal and regulatory issues arising from their daily business operations.
Mr. Olson’s substantive legal experience includes claims arising under federal and state lending and consumer protection laws such as the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the California Finance Lender’s Law, and California’s Unfair Competition and Unfair Trade Practices Statutes. Mr. Olson frequently handles matters involving Article 9 security interests and other Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) issues, and he has substantial experience with claims involving international banking and trade finance (including negotiable bills of exchange and letters of credit), in addition to wide-ranging experience in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, business torts, real estate disputes, wrongful foreclosure claims, partnership disputes, trade secrets, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy matters. Mr. Olson also has experience representing policy holders in disputes with their carriers under financial institutions (fidelity) bonds and director and officer (D&O) liability policies.
Mr. Olson is an experienced courtroom advocate, and he has successfully conducted trials, arbitrations, and both state and federal appeals, as well as numerous pre-trial law and motion matters in state and federal courts. In November 2011, for example, Mr. Olson argued and obtained a unanimous ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming dismissal and summary judgment orders Mr. Olson and his team previously obtained for a banking client of the firm in a complex investment fraud action.
Before joining LHDK&W, Mr. Olson practiced law with the international law firms Morrison & Foerster LLP and Bryan Cave LLP.
Mr. Olson is admitted to practice in the State of California, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California. He is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County bar associations, and the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.
Loyola Law School, J.D., 2012; Boston University, B.A., 2009.
Orange County Office
Cheyenne Schneider is an associate in the Orange County office. Her practice focuses on products liability litigation and class action defense. Ms. Schneider has experience in complex civil litigation, including class action, employment, tort, catastrophic personal injury, and wrongful death cases. She also has criminal law experience at the defense and habeas levels.
Ms. Schneider received her Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in International Relations with a concentration in Business and Economics. She also participated in a year-long post-high school study and volunteer program while living in Israel. Ms. Schneider earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. While in law school, Ms. Schneider completed internships with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the Project for the Innocent.
Ms. Schneider is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the United States District Court, Central District of California. She is a member of the Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
California Western School of Law, J.D., 2010; University of California, Irvine, B.A., 2007
Orange County Office
Anika Padhiar is an associate in the Orange County Office. Her practice focuses on products liability and class action defense.
Ms. Padhiar’s experience includes civil litigation in personal injury, class actions, corporate and business law, and contracts. She also has criminal law experience at the defense and prosecution level. While in law school, Ms. Padhiar completed internships at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the California Office of the Attorney General. She was also a judicial intern at the San Diego Superior Court. As an intern at the California Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Padhiar successfully argued cases before the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Divisions 1, 2, and 3.
Ms. Padhiar received her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. She earned her J.D. from California Western School of Law, graduating cum laude. Ms. Padhiar was a member of the California Western Law Review and California Western International Law Journal. She also received academic achievement awards in Legal Skills and Legal Research & Writing and was the recipient of scholarships for Academic Merit and Ethnic and Cultural Diversity.
California Western School of Law, J.D., 2000; California State University San Bernardino, B.S. in Computer Science, 1996.
Los Angeles Office
Jeff Lotspeich practices in the area of intellectual property, with an emphasis in patent preparation and prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Lotspeich has extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign patent prosecution practice in various technologies, including computer software and hardware, wireless communication systems, semiconductor fabrication processes, explosives detection systems, and optical communication systems. Mr. Lotspeich’s practice also involves rendering non-infringement, patent validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions of counsel. Mr. Lotspeich also counsels startup technology companies on patent and trademark portfolio development, trade secrets, patent licensing strategies and contractor agreements.
Prior to joining LHDK&W, Mr .Lotspeich worked as a patent attorney for intellectual property law firms in Menlo Park and San Diego.
Mr. Lotspeich is admitted to the practice of law in California, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and trademark Offi ce. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts.
Stanford Law School, J.D., 1977; Stanford University, M.A. in Political Science, 1969; University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science, 1968.
Los Angeles Office
gustin Medina’s practice encompasses a wide range of litigation matters, including election law matters, business litigation, entertainment industry litigation, legal and accounting malpractice defense, civil rights, construction defect and personnel related matters. Mr. Medina has completed numerous jury and court trials in federal and state courts. He has represented both private clients and public entities in litigation matters and has experience in complex, multi-district federal litigation. In addition to trial work, Mr. Medina has considerable expertise in writ and appellate practice and matters involving injunctive relief.
Mr. Medina is one of few private practitioners to be successful in securing a civil injunction against a street gang on behalf of a municipal client.
Mr. Medina serves as Counsel to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mexican American Bar Association Political Action Committee (MABA-PAC) and on the Board of Directors of the Mexican American Bar (Educational) Foundation. In addition, he serves on the auxiliary Board of Directors of the South Pasadena Educational Foundation.
Mr. Medina is admitted to practice in California, the United States District Courts, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 2004; University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., in History and Psychology, 1999
Los Angeles Office
Nilam Patel practices in the areas of employment law and complex commercial litigation in California and throughout the United States. She has a particular emphasis, and substantial experience, in representing employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including the defense of class, collective, multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, the California Labor Code, the Fair Labor Standards Act and various other federal and state statutes prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment. Ms. Patel also has extensive experience representing domestic and foreign corporations in complex federal and state matters, including products liability, and handling general business and commercial disputes for small to large companies and individuals. She has successfully participated in numerous mediations, arbitrations and trials on behalf of her clients.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Patel counsels employers in all areas of Labor and Employment law, including personnel policies, wage and hour compliance and litigation avoidance. Ms. Patel likewise provides on-going counseling and advice to clients regarding the interface of state and federal law with the employment relationship including employee complaints, workplace investigations, and leaves of absence. In addition to employment matters, Ms. Patel has substantial experience counseling clients on strategy and planning pre-litigation and various transactional matters.
Ms. Patel is admitted to the practice before all state and federal courts of California. She also serves as an adjunct instructor and teaches various business and law-related courses at the University of California, Irvine Extension Program.
Southwestern Law School, J.D., 2008; University of California Berkeley, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2004
Los Angeles Office
Matthew Soroky practices complex civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial and business litigation, products liability and consumer class actions in state and federal courts. He has litigated a wide range of commercial disputes on behalf of domestic and international clients, including breach of contract claims, unfair competition, partnership disputes, title transfer and broker-commission disputes, trademark infringement, business torts and franchise law violations. Mr. Soroky has also defended major automakers in products liability, lemon law and consumer warranties claims, and obtained guilty verdicts in several criminal trials as a volunteer deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles.
Recent representative experience includes:
Prior to joining LHDK&W, Mr. Soroky was an attorney at a national law firm in Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice before the state courts of California and the United States District Courts, Central and Eastern Districts of California. He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 2002; University of California, Irvine, Bachelor of Arts, 1997
Los Angeles Office
Henry Hwang is an associate in LHDK&W’s Banking and Financial Services department, with a particular emphasis in representing domestic and foreign financial institutions in the areas of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Hwang has also handled matters involving general business and commercial disputes for both individuals and companies.
Mr. Hwang has experience representing clients in a wide range of pre-trial litigation matters, including law and motion, discovery, and pre-judgment remedies. Additionally, Mr. Hwang has successfully participated in a number of mediations, arbitrations, and trials on behalf of his clients.
While in law school, Mr. Hwang was a member of the Loyola Law School International and Comparative Law Review, eventually serving as the Technical Editor and Member of the Executive Board of Editors. Mr. Hwang also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert W. Alberts, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California.
Mr. Hwang is admitted to practice in the State of California, and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California. He is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 2000; University of California, Davis, A.B. with Highest Honors, 1997, Phi Beta Kappa.
Los Angeles Office
Mr. Hur counsels corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures of major multinational companies on business and commercial transactions in a diversifi ed range of industries including consumer electronics, automobile, steel, broadcasting, banking, telecommunications, e-commerce, and real estate. He has extensive experience in the negotiation, structuring and preparation of documentation for a wide range of transactions, including intellectual property licensing, finance, services, and technology transfer agreements, as well as sales, distribution, marketing, and commercial real estate and lease transactions.
Mr. Hur also acts as outside general counsel advising new as well as established business entities in a broad range of matters, from day to day business operations to the development and implementation of complex transactions and business agreements. Mr. Hur also represents physicians, dentists, and veterinarians, advising on partnership, purchase and sale, corporate transactions as well as providing general counseling for their practices.
Mr. Hur is admitted to practice in California, and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Korean American Bar Association. Mr. Hur regularly volunteers at the free legal clinic hosted monthly by the Korean American Bar Association.
Loyola Law School, J.D., 2009; University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Cognitive Science/Computational Modeling, 2003
Los Angeles Office
Justin Lee practices in the area of intellectual property law with an emphasis in patent prosecution, trademarks, and licensing. Mr. Lee’s technical background includes a focus on software development and internet technologies, including web application development and security.
Prior to joining LHDK&W, Mr. Lee practiced as an in-house intellectual property attorney for an international sporting goods company, where he helped prosecute and manage the company’s domestic and international patent, trademark, and copyright matters. He also has experience counseling clients on issues related to patent and trademark clearance and infringement analyses, intellectual property enforcement issues, as well as licensing and royalty agreements. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Lee designed and developed database application software for a large biotech company in the San Francisco bay area.
Mr. Lee is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
George Washington University, J.D., 2006; George Washington University, M.S.E.E., 1991; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.E.E., 1980
Virginia Office (Metropolitan Washington, D.C.)
Michael Monaco 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 and mechanical arts.
Prior to joining LHDK&W, Mr. Monaco worked as an attorney at two different major intellectual property law firms dealing with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecutions related to various technical fields of art, including semiconductor devices, video conferencing, telecommunications, digital television, and wireless communications. Mr. Monaco has extensive experience in client interviews, counseling, preparing applications and working with examiners in the United States Patent and Trademarks Office. Mr.Monaco also has performed numerous patent litigation analyses, infringement/clearance opinions and due diligence analyses for patent portfolio acquisitions. He also advises clients on infringement issues as well as compliance with telecommunications standards.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Monaco worked for 17 years as an electrical engineer for the MITRE Corporation on a variety of military and government matters. Mr. Monaco served four years on active duty as an officer and nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy’s submarine service and 13 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a Commander.
Mr. Monaco is licensed to practice in the State of Virginia and is registered with the United States Patent
and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association.
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (2003); S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, B.S., Summa cum laude (1999)
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.
Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (LPC), Oxford, England (2006); Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (2005); Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium (2004);
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.
Chapman University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2001; Loyola Marymount University, B.A., Cum Laude, 1997.
Orange County Office
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).
University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1990; Wheaton College, B.A. Summa Cum Laude, 1980.
Orange County Office
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.
Loyola Law School, J.D., 1982; University of Southern California, B.A., 1979.
Orange County Office
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.
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.
Los Angeles Office
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.
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1992; Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Departmental Honors, 1987.
Los Angeles Office
Orange County Office
Mr. Schmadeka has over 20 years of substantive litigation and transactional experience in domestic and international matters in a wide range of practice areas, including shipbuilding, intellectual property (including patent litigation), products liability, employment, and commercial litigation involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, and violations of state of federal statutes such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Practices Act, and Anti-Terrorist Act.. As “first chair,” he has successfully defended large foreign enterprises and their domestic subsidiaries in multiple state and federal courts in California and across the United States. As lead counsel, he has also coordinated and overseen foreign litigation in court or arbitral matters in Korea, Singapore, England, Italy and Germany.
Mr. Schmadeka currently advises, manages and coordinates the litigation defense of a major foreign based/international shipbuilder in litigation brought in multiple international arbitral forums in London and Singapore. This litigation involves commercial claims brought by shipowners and sub-contractors, as well as warranty claims brought by shipowners. Additionally, he works closely with in-house counsel to advise on various transactional and pre-litigation matters, including matters involving ship construction, warranties, shipbuilding negotiations, drafting of addendums to shipbuilding contracts and finance documentation.
Mr. Schmadeka’s patent litigation experience includes the defense of foreign- based, global enterprises in matters relating to mobile communications, cellular telephone systems, and digital audio and/or video players. Additionally, his extensive experience includes defending trademark infringement claims, breach of patent and licensing agreements, false advertising claims and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets. His IP experience extends to counseling clients on strategy and planning in pre-litigation and transactional
Mr. Schmadeka’s experience includes representing large, foreign automobile manufacturers and distributors in product liability actions, including single and multi-party litigation, involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death. He has successfully defended allegations of defects in roof strength, safety restraints, air bag systems, interior padding, fuel systems, vehicle stability, seat-back strength, window glazing, tire defects and numerous other areas related to vehicle crashworthiness. His products liability experience also includes defending industrial chemical product manufacturers against claims by individuals of severe illness caused by their products, as well as manufacturers in commercial warranty cases ranging from alleged defects in trailer axle design to defects in computer components.
Additionally, Mr. Schmadeka’s trial experience includes defending small to large, domestic and foreign based employers in single, multi-party and class actions matters involving wage and hour, wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment claims in state and federal courts and arbitral forums. He also has extensive experience in advising employers, including Korean and Chinese -owned enterprises, on employment practices involving wage and hour issues, classification of independent contractors, employment policies, employee training, and issues involving trade secrets, confidentiality and intellectual property. He also regularly provides training seminars to clients regarding employment law issues.
By applying his wide-ranging experience in multiple disciplines, forums and with local and global clients, Mr. Schmadeka has also been able to work with clients to create effective public relations strategies to deal with adverse publicity.
Mr. Schmadeka serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Governors for the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont-McKenna College. 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 and Central and Eastern Districts of California.
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2000; State University of New York, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1982.
Los Angeles Office
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.
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2003; University of Southern California, B.A., 2000.
Los Angeles Office
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.
University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1992; University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1989.
Los Angeles Office
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.
University of Southern California, J.D., 1986; University of California, Berkeley, B.S. Business Administration, 1983.
Los Angeles Office
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.
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.
Los Angeles Office
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.
Loyola Law School, J.D., 2003; University of Southern California, B.A., 1998.
Los Angeles Office
Orange County Office
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.
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.
Los Angeles Office
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.
Georgetown University, J.D., 1988; University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1984.
Los Angeles Office
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 U.S Banking law and cross-border transactions. 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.
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.
Los Angeles Office
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).
* Not a member of California Bar