Southern California 
Chinese Lawyers Association

SCCLA Board Members

David H. Chao

David H. Chao is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, David was an associate at Bird Marella. David is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Hon. Richard Paez and Hon. Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Hon. Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Christine G. Chen

Christine G. Chen is a Senior Staff Attorney for Advancing Justice - LA’s Citizenship Project. Christine provides legal assistance and direct representation to immigrants wishing to undergo the process of naturalization. Christine engages in direct legal services, grant management, technical legal assistance, and capacity building.

During law school, Christine was an Asian American Bar Association Law Fellow and an extern for the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). After law school, Christine worked on trafficking cases at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) and assisted employment based immigration cases at The Walt Disney Company.

Christine received her J.D. from Depaul College of Law where she specialized in Public Interest Law. Christine is Taiwanese and speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese.

Vicki Chou

Vicki Chou is Of Counsel at Hueston Hennigan LLP where she represents individuals and companies in high stakes business disputes and criminal matters, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property matters, SEC enforcement actions, and white collar criminal defense. Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California where she represented the United States in hundreds of criminal cases, including computer and internet fraud, intellectual property, money laundering, bank fraud, tax fraud, immigration fraud, drug trafficking, and racketeering offenses. Many of her matters involved high level, international coordination. As lead counsel, she prevailed at trial in numerous cases. She also argued many appeals before the Ninth Circuit, securing affirmances in every case she argued. During her time at the Office, served as a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section, where she supervised and trained the Office’s newest prosecutors. Vicki is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Payne, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Alisa S. Edelson

Alisa S. Edelson is Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Klinedinst PC with significant experience in the areas of business, entertainment, and intellectual property law.

Ms. Edelson has represented individuals and businesses in a wide variety of disputes involving, among other things, unfair competition, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, idea submission, and wrongful termination in state and federal courts. In addition, she has counseled clients concerning branding and intellectual property protection and enforcement including with respect to due diligence, clearance, prosecution, and management. Ms. Edelson is also experienced in drafting website agreements, such as terms of use, privacy policies, and video and personal appearance releases.

Ms. Edelson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School. During law school, she held leadership positions as the Executive Editor and Chief Production Editor of the Entertainment Law Review. Ms. Edelson served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Stephen M. Hillman (Ret.) of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Edelson is admitted to practice law before all California state courts, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alicia Hou

Alicia is an associate in the National Consumer Finance Litigation and Compliance Practice Group of Akerman Senterfitt LLP. Alicia received her B.A. from the University of California at Irvine and her J.D. from New York Law School. From 2008 through 2011, Alicia served as pro bono legal counsel for Project by Project, a 501(c)(3) organization serving the Asian Pacific American community in Los Angeles.

  Ray Hsu

Ray is a solo practitioner of the Law Offices of Ray Hsu & Associates, P.C. in Alhambra with boutique practice in Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Hsu primarily represents Chinese speaking clients in Southern California with a broad range of individual and corporate clients for wage and hour law, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment. Mr. Hsu handles individuals with wage claims, retaliation claims before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner), and unemployment insurance benefits claims before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

Derrick Lam

Derrick Lam is a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C., where he specializes in labor and employment law. Derrick represents a diverse set of clients, including start-ups and global corporations, in wage and hour class and representative actions as well as single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. Derrick also counsels clients to ensure compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, with an emphasis on wage and hour requirements, including company-wide audits of independent contractor and exempt classifications and other pay practices; accommodations for employees with disabilities; hiring, discipline, and termination decisions; and workplace investigations. Derrick received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, with honors, in 2005, and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School in 2010.

Derrick is a Pathfinder for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and a member of the National Employment Law Council.

Sharlene D. Lee

Sharlene is a litigation and employment associate at Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC. She prosecutes and defends matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, privacy, defamation, breach of contract, breach derivative claims, and real estate disputes. Sharlene also advises and defends employers against wrongful termination and whistleblower claims. In addition to being a board member of SCCLA, she is currently President of the Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA and a member of the UCLA Alumni Association Diversity Advisory Committee. Sharlene received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Caleb Liang

Caleb is Senior Counsel at LTL Attorneys LLP, where he specializes in employment litigation, complex litigation, and class actions. Earlier in his career, he successfully represented plaintiffs and class members in consumer and employment class/representative actions in the restaurant, food, manufacturing, telecommunications, construction, retail, and auto industries. Currently, he primarily defends employers including several Fortune 500 companies in various employment disputes. He graduated from the University of California Davis School of Law and received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Debby Lin

Debby Lin graduated from UCLA with a major in Economics/International Area Studies, minors in Asian American Studies and French, and from California Western School of Law. She is an admittee to both the State Bar of California and Bar of Central District of California. She received training in Family Law Trial Advocacy at the National Institute For Trial Advocacy (“NITA”), a program co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. Debby previously worked as a judicial law clerk to Federal Magistrate Judge Lewis. She was hired for her clerkship because she made a lasting impression on the Judge during her judicial externship. Currently, she is working for Yang & Chen LLP as a family law associate attorney.

Lisa Zhao Liu

Lisa Zhao Liu, owner of Law Offices of Lisa Z. Liu, PC, is a certified criminal law specialist by the California State Bar. A former Deputy District Attorney, Lisa now represents clients accused of all misdemeanor and felonies such as DUI, drug offenses, and assault/domestic violence throughout Southern California. She received her B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Lisa also sits on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Association and on the Board of Governors for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Lisa is a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney (National Trial Lawyers), a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and a Up-and-Coming Top 50 (Women Southern California Rising Stars). In her free time, Lisa regularly volunteers for the SCCLA Pro Bono Legal Clinic. She is conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Kellye Ng-McCullough

Kellye Ng-McCullough is serving as a judicial law clerk at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Before her clerkship, Kellye was an associate at an international law firm representing clients in a wide array of matters, including consumer class actions, antitrust litigation, contract disputes, business torts, federal investigations, and asylum proceedings. Kellye received her bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton, cum laude, and her law degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she graduated with pro bono honors. During law school, she served on the Moot Court Board, the UC Irvine Law Review, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the Faculty Appointments Committee, and the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Board.

William K. Pao

William K. Pao is a seasoned commercial litigator whose diverse practice focuses on three main areas: securities litigation, financial services litigation, and complex commercial litigation involving Chinese companies. Will’s clients include companies across a wide spectrum of industries, including banking, technology, automotive, agriculture, education, fashion, and apparel. As a secondee to one of the nation’s largest banks, Will managed a large portfolio of high-exposure, high-stakes consumer banking litigation. He also possesses domain expertise in securities litigation and regularly writes and speaks on securities issues. In addition, Will has substantial experience advising and representing Chinese companies and US companies that operate in China. He speaks Mandarin, and has spent considerable time in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Will served as a law clerk to the Hon. Fortunato Benavides of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Hon. David F. Levi, formerly of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California. He graduated Order of the Coif from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, and summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a triple major in Political Science, Economics, and East Asian Languages and Cultures. As a Fulbright Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai, Will conducted extensive research on Chinese economic reforms.

Ralph Tsong

Ralph Tsong is principal attorney at Tsong Law Group, A.P.C. and Adoption California, where he practices family law, specializing in adoption and reproductive law. Prior to starting his own practice, Ralph practiced employment law, working as a senior attorney at the California Department of Industrial Relations and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Ralph also practiced housing law as staff counsel at LAFLA and the Asian Law Alliance in San Jose. Ralph graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999 and received a B.S. from the College of William & Mary in 1996.

David Yang

David Yang is a founder and partner of Hawkinson Yang, a boutique firm in Los Angeles.

Before founding his own firm, David spent a decade at two of the top corporate litigation firms in the country, where he represented companies such as Apple, HP, and Intel in some of their most significant disputes. In one particularly memorable matter from this period, David played a lead role in invalidating more than a dozen Samsung patents.

Today, David is a legal generalist. He represents clients in litigation, counsels them as to intellectual property issues, and advises them regarding their business operations and transactions. David is a registered patent attorney qualified to appear in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. David’s clients range from some of the biggest companies in the world to startups and entrepreneurs.

David attended law school at Berkeley, graduating Order of the Coif in 2006. Before attending law school, David obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in 1999, also from Berkeley, and worked in the technology industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.

David is a native Chinese speaker. He has represented many Asia-based companies as well as those doing business with companies in Asia.

In his personal time, David enjoys reading fiction, browsing used bookstores, and riding bikes with his wife and their two children.

Yuan (Grace) Zhong

Grace Zhong is a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers. Grace represents a broad range of clients in complex litigation matters in court and arbitration including contract disputes, fraud, real estate litigation, and shareholder suits. She also counsels national companies in DOJ and internal investigations. Grace maintains an active pro bono practice, including serving as a special Deputy City Prosecutor for the City of Redondo Beach and conducting free legal workshops for small business owners. She is also a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council of Advancing Justice.

Grace is a 2017 graduate of USC Gould Law School. She speaks fluent Mandarin and has experience advising and representing Chinese companies. Before attending law school, Grace advised Chinese issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings in China.

Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

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Los Angeles, California 90071-1114

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