303. Transitioning from the Tickler File to the Virtual Office: Effectively Using Technology for a Solo/Small Firm Law Practice

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 119

As more sophisticated law practice management, document management, and other technological tools have become more readily available, solo and small firm practitioners have been able to leverage such tools to run an efficient law practice much more able to compete with larger law firms in many different practice areas. This panel will discuss the speakers’ experiences in applying available technologies to their law practice, including ethics issues raised by the use of technology.

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Principal, Soyeun D. Choi

Soyeun D. Choi

Soyeun D. Choi practices business and intellectual property law, advising clients on business transactions from formation to exit, value creation and capture through trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and licensing. You can visit her on many social media platforms.

Ms. Choi supports the community by volunteering, for example, as: Vice Chair of the Partnerships and LLC Committee for the California State Bar Business Law Section, President of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association and Chair of the IP Committee, Asian American Bar Association of San Francisco Newsletter Committee Chair, IP Committee Chair and Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee of the San Mateo County Bar Association, Foster Home to the German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California. Ms. Choi attended Concord Academy in Concord, MA, received a BA in Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her JD at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. Hobbies and honors include: Hapkido black belt earned in Seoul, South Korea; 2011 Northern California Rising Star; guest lecturer on various legal topics; marathons, the Way Too Cool 50k and The Relay from Sonoma to Santa Cruz.

President/Attorney, CPG Immigration Law Group

Charina Palomares Garcia

Charina Palomares Garcia represents and counsels companies and individuals on both employment and family-based immigration matters. Ms. Garcia earned a J.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. While attending the University of Washington, she argued successfully before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and participated in the Refugee and Immigrant Advocacy Clinic. Ms. Garcia completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley earning a major in Economics and a minor in Asian-American Studies. Ms. Garcia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). She has served on the Executive Board of the Northern California Chapter of AILA, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the AILA National Liaison Committee for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s California Service Center. Ms. Garcia has been a speaker at national American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) conferences and also a panel speaker at the regional conference of the National Association for Foreign Student Advisors (“NAFSA”). In addition, Ms. Garcia has served on the Board of Directors for Filipino Advocates for Justice (formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action) and has previously served on the Board for the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and the Asians for Job Opportunities/English Language Institute of the Bay Area. Ms. Garcia is also a member of the faculty of Law Review CLE, Sterling Education Services and Lorman Education Services, which provides continuing education seminars and has edited publications for the Continuing Education for the Bar.

Partner, Stiller Kim, PC

Jean Kim

Jean Kim joined Stiller + Buxbaum in 2004 and became a Partner of Stiller Kim, PC in 2013. He has now assumed the Managing Partner role. Mr. Kim obtained his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1999 and was admitted to the California state bar the same year. He is also admitted in Hawaii and the District of Columbia. He received his BA and MA from the University of California, Berkeley. He practiced for 3 years in Hawaii in business immigration and e-business, helping corporate clients establish a U.S. presence and receiving the PacificNews.Net 2002 Hawaii’s Top High Technology Leaders Award. He also served as the President of the Korean American Bar Association Hawaii for two years, organizing and hosting the 2002 International Association of Korean Lawyers annual conference. He has been on the Board of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California from 2004 to 2016, serving as Director and Secretary. He has also served as Treasurer of the International Association of Korean Lawyers from 2007 to 2014 and as Director since 2015. He is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese and conversational in Korean.

Principal, Punzalan Law, P.C.

Mark Punzalan

Mark Punzalan is the Principal of Punzalan Law, P.C., an Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation boutique in Silicon Valley. Mark primarily advises companies and individuals in trade secret disputes, trademark disputes, and complex business litigation. He is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in federal and state courts nationwide. In 2016 and 2017, Mark was selected as a "SuperLawyer" in the Northern California edition of SuperLawyers magazine, and he was selected as a “Rising Star” in SuperLawyers' 2015 edition.

Mark currently serves as the Vice President of Internal Affairs for APABA Silicon Valley and as the Treasurer for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association. He also formerly served as the President of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.