302. Pathways To Leadership: A Conversation With Four National Bar Association Leaders

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
LOCATION: USPTO, 1st floor, California Room

Join us for a conversation with four seasoned national bar leaders as they discuss their respective paths to bar leadership.  What motivated them to invest time and energy in advancing through regional and national bar ranks?  How did they balance the demands of the legal profession with the stresses of bar leadership?  What role does the bar association play in their current careers?  What advice do they have for attorneys interested in pursuing bar leadership at regional and national levels?  Our panelists will cover these and other challenging professional and personal questions.

No CLE credit will be provided for this panel.


Brian Wong

Senior Counsel & Director, Global Employment Law, Gap, Inc.

Brian Wong is Senior Counsel & Director, Global Employment Law, for Gap Inc., where he advises the company's global sourcing, logistics and retail businesses on a full spectrum of U.S. and global employment matters.  Prior to joining Gap, Brian practiced at Seyfarth Shaw and Baker McKenzie.  Brian serves on the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, and was its President in 2014.  Brian also currently co-chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.


George Chen

Partner, Bryan Cave

George Chen was the President of NAPABA in 2014-2015. He is an Equity Partner at Bryan Cave LLP, is the chair of the intellectual property practice in the Phoenix office, and was the chair of the firmwide Lawyers of Color Affinity Group. He partners with long term clients to develop, protect, litigate, and license IP. His recent representations include: 1) representing electronics, eCommerce, and software companies, transportation and storage companies, and gun manufacturers in utility and design patent and trade dress infringement, and unfair competition lawsuits; 2) representing a real estate developer and an Internet search company in trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and Internet cybersquatting lawsuits; 3) representing software companies in copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuits; & 4) preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark, and copyright applications for universities and eCommerce & consumer electronics companies.

George is a co-inventor of 4 US patents, is recognized by Super Lawyers® & Best Lawyers of America® for excellence in IP law and litigation, and is honored as a “Top Pro Bono Attorney” by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education.

George earned his BS in electrical engineering, with a minor in economics, from the MIT. He worked as an engineer at Motorola while he earned his MS in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, and before earning his JD with honors from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Pankit Doshi

Partner, DLA Piper

Pankit J. Doshi is a Partner in the San Francisco, California, office of DLA Piper and is the current President-Elect of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). Pankit focuses on preventative counseling and defending employers in both state and federal cases involving trade secret misappropriation, whistleblower, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, statutory leave, retaliation and breach of contract claims. He also represents employers in complex class action and representative action litigations.

Pankit regularly provides advice and counseling to employers of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups, on a full spectrum of labor and employment issues, among them structuring of restrictive covenants, advising on employment compliance strategies and preparing executive employment agreements.  Pankit has also represented employers at trial, administrative hearings and during investigations by various state and federal agencies, including the US Department of Labor, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Department of Industrial Relations - Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Pankit has assisted and counseled a broad range of corporate clients in the technology, e-Commerce, financial services, retail, telecommunications and transportation industries.

In addition to having served NAPABA in various roles, Pankit was appointed by the State Bar of California Board of Governors to serve a three-year term on the State Bar of California Council on Access and Fairness from 2011 to 2014.  In 2012, Mr. Doshi was selected to participate in the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section ("TIPS") Leadership Academy, selected with a group of approximately 20 lawyers across the country identified as emerging bar leaders.  Pankit is also a Past President and on the current Advisory Board of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, one of the oldest and largest South Asian bar associations in the country.  He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of North America (formerly NASABA), as a Board of Governor on the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County and on the Executive Advisory Council of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

Pankit received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. While in law school, Pankit served as a Senior Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and on the Scott Moot Court Honors Board.

Jin Hwang

Managing Assistant General Counsel, Verizon Communications, Inc.

Jin Y. Hwang is Managing Assistant General Counsel with Verizon, a Fortune 13 global company. In this capacity, Jin manages a team, negotiates multi-million dollar commercial agreements with Fortune 500 companies, and provides day-to-day guidance to her clients.

Jin has served as Verizon in-house counsel for over 14 years with various business units handling a broad array of fields, including managing litigation and serving as lead attorney on many strategic projects, including assets integration. Jin has received several Verizon awards including the Northeast Area (NEA) President’s Mid-Year “Beast of the East” Award and NEA President’s Award of Excellence.

Before Verizon, Jin was in-house at France Télécom (now Orange) with a variety of responsibilities including working on a multi-billion dollar acquisition and negotiating licensing agreements for Hollywood films.  Jin graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was Articles Editor of the Administrative Law Review. Jin earned her bachelor degree with double majors in Psychology and French Studies with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jin is passionate in advocating for diversity and inclusion. She has served in several different roles at the state and national level of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association since 2006, and was NAPABA President during the 2015-2016 bar year. Jin has served as a mentor to many law students and lawyers as well as a panelist for various organizations including the University of Texas School of Law’s Center for Women in Law, Defense Research Institute, and the American Bar Association (ABA) over the years. Jin is also a member of the steering committee for Verizon’s Public Policy, Legal, and Security Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. Jin currently serves as a Commissioner for the ABA’s Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and is a past NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 recipient.

Bijal V. Vakil

Partner, White & Case LLP

Bijal V. Vakil serves as the Executive Partner in charge of the Firm's Silicon Valley office. He is an intellectual property partner whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, strategic counseling, and technology licensing. He has represented clients in intellectual property cases in numerous district courts, the International Trade Commission and before the Federal Circuit. Mr. Vakil has litigated patent cases involving a wide spectrum of technologies, including plasma television, digital and analog integrated circuits, semiconductor manufacturing, software, computer systems, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Mr. Vakil handles significant matters for entities of all sizes ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley start-ups. He also represents clients in patent negotiations and licensing. Companies around the world frequently call upon Mr. Vakil to assist with overall intellectual property strategy and litigation.

Mr. Vakil has held leadership positions in several bar associations and non-profit organizations. He serves as a Mediator in the United States District Court, Northern District of California's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. He also was selected by the judges of the United States District Court, Northern District of California as the co-chair of the Lawyer's Representative Committee (2013-2014).

Mr. Vakil has been recognized by the legal and business communities. He is the recipient of the 2010 "Best Lawyers Under 40" award from the National Asian Pacific Bar Association. He has also been named among the "40 Under 40 People to Watch in 2008" by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. He also served on the State Bar Committee on Federal Courts (2005-2008). He frequently speaks on legal topics of interest to the community. Mr. Vakil has been recently quoted in various business and technology publications including: Forbes, The Wall Street Journal/WSJ.com, Los Angeles Times, CNN Money, San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal (various articles), CIO Magazine, The Recorder (various articles), InfoWorld, Corporate Counsel Magazine, Los Angeles Daily Journal (various articles), Fast Company, India Business Journal, PC Magazine, E-Commerce Times, All Things Digital, Low-Power Engineering, San Jose Mercury News, Law360 and Handelsblatt. He was also recently featured on the BBC and Craig Peterson's Tech Talk Radio Show. He also devotes his time to pro bono matters, and serves on the Firm's Diversity Committee.

Mr. Vakil served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable James N. Barr of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Vakil is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of the State of California, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Eastern District of Texas and all of the US district courts in California. He previously served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Mr. Vakil was founder and former chair of the Taiwan Practice Group.