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Workshop: Serving as GC to a Special Entity

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: USPTO, 2nd floor, Alaska Room

No CLE credit will be provided for this panel.


Corporate Counsel and Strategic Relations Manager, Electronics for Imaging, Inc.

Ming Zhu

Ming serves as Corporate Counsel and Strategic Relations Manager at Electronics for Imaging, Inc.  Before joining EFI, Ming was a litigation associate with Latham & Watkins (Menlo Park) and Ropes & Gray (Boston), and also clerked for the honorable Harry T. Edwards at the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  A native of Beijing, Ming is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.  Ming received her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and as co-chair of APALSA.





Ava Hahn

General Counsel, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Ava Hahn serves as general counsel for Kleiner Perkins, where she manages all legal matters for the firm. Ava brings 20 years of legal and operational experience in technology companies and venture capital. Most recently, Ava served as general counsel and partner at Felicis Ventures. Prior to then, Ava was chief legal officer and secretary for three public companies, where she led global legal functions: Genesis Microchip, a provider of display controllers (NASDAQ: GNSS, later acquired by ST Micro), ShoreTel, a telecommunications company (NASDAQ: SHOR), and Aruba Networks, a wireless networking company (NASDAQ: ARUN, later acquired by Hewlett Packard). At ShoreTel and Aruba Networks, she also led business development efforts. Earlier, she served as director of legal affairs for an optical networking start-up.

Ava started her career at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she practiced corporate and securities law. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Outside of work, Ava spends nearly all her time on the sidelines of her children’s sporting events.

Diana C. Liu

Chief Development & Construction Officer, Chicago Housing Authority

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Diana Liu is the Chief Development & Construction Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) where she oversees all development and construction activities at CHA. Prior to CHA, Ms. Liu served for six years as a Principal, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Artemis Real Estate Partners in metropolitan Washington, D.C., a real estate private equity firm founded in 2009. Prior to Artemis, she practiced commercial real estate law as an equity partner with WolfBlock LLP and Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia, Pa. Ms. Liu earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. She previously served as a member of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees and the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council. Ms. Liu taught an advanced course in commercial real estate transactions as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1998 – 2009. She is currently a Board Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the Association of Asian American Investment Managers. She is an active member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Ms. Liu is a former President of the Asian American Women’s Coalition and APABA-PA, all in Philadelphia, PA.

Ginger E. Lew

Managing Director and General Counsel, Cube Hydro Partners

Ginger E. Lew is Managing Director and General Counsel for Cube Hydro Partners, a clean energy fund.  In these roles, Ginger provides regulatory, financial and operational expertise to the fund. From 2009 to 2011, Ginger served as Senior Counselor to the White House National Economic Council. She provided economic policy advice on a broad range of matters, including innovation, commercialization, small business, capital access and formation, and entrepreneurship policies. Ginger gained regulatory experience as the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce, for which she was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Under the Clinton Administration, Ginger was the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Small Business Administration and had oversight responsibility for a $42 billion loan portfolio. Earlier in her career, she was the Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy for the western United States.

Ginger is the former CEO and partner to two venture capital funds located in the Washington, DC area. She was chair and board member of an European based investment fund. Ginger also served on the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council for 10 years.

At the ABA Annual Meeting in 2016, Ginger was a recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.