WESTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Leslie Abbott Partner, Paul Hastings LLP 203. Pay Equity: Mind the Gap
Matthew Ahn Senior Corporate Counsel, Oracle 111. Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on the Practice of Law
Amir Alem Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office Workshop: Get The Jury On Your Side — Tips For Effective Direct and Cross Examinations (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Ruthe Catolico Ashley Executive Director Emeritus, California LAW 205. California Lobby Day: Effective Policy Engagement in the Trump Era
Sahar Ayinehsazian Associate, Vincente Sederberg LLC 306. Risky Business: Banking & Finance Issues in the Growing Legal Marijuana Industry
Ignatius Bau Healthcare Policy Consultant, Health Care Policy Consultation Services 202. Healthcare Reform Under The Trump Administration: What To Expect & Where To Go From Here
Grace Chung Becker Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice in the G. W. Bush Administration 304. Presidential Powers At Home and Abroad
Mark Brazeal Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Broadcom Limited 402. IP Career Management for APA Attorneys: Growing with Business & Technology
Kevin Bringuel Partner, LTL Attorneys Workshop: Federal Trial Practice (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Brian Byun Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of Vernon 306. Risky Business: Banking & Finance Issues in the Growing Legal Marijuana Industry

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye Chief Justice of California, California Supreme Court 102. Fireside Chat with the Chief Justice – How to Become a Judge – The Making of a CA Supreme Court Justice
Pinaki Chakravorty Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office Workshop: The Art of Jury Selection (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Cyndie Chang Managing Partner, Duane Morris LLP 405. Complex Litigation: Win the Business and Win the Case
Neel Chatterjee Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP Workshop: Federal Trial Practice (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Hon. Edward Chen District Judge, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California 210. The Portrait Project: A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law
George Chen Partner, Bryan Cave 302. Pathways To Leadership: A Conversation With Four National Bar Association Leaders
Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D Counsel, Arent Fox LLP 202. Healthcare Reform Under The Trump Administration: What to Expect & Where To Go From Here
Chris Cheng Author, History Channel's Top Shot Season 4 Champion 407. The Right to Bear Arms: Rethinking the Second Amendment
Michael Cheng Litigator, Berliner Cohen Workshop: Get the Jury On Your Side - Tips for Effective Direct and Cross Examinations
Hanley Chew Of Counsel, Fenwick & West 305. Cybersecurity Trends: Impacts on Liability, Design, and Policy
John Chiang California State Treasurer, State of California Keynote: APIs Climbing the Ladder of Public Service: Challenges and Opportunities
David Chiu Assemblymember, 17th Assembly District, California State Assembly 205. California Lobby Day: Effective Policy Engagement in the Trump Era
Mia Chiu General Counsel, Ebates Inc. 301. Women Who Work It: Business Development Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Hogene Choi Partner, Baker Botts LLP 304. Presidential Powers At Home and Abroad
307. New Military Technologies and the Laws of War
407. The Right to Bear Arms: Rethinking the Second Amendment
Soyeun D. Choi Principal, Soyeun D. Choi 303. Transitioning from the Tickler File to the Virtual Office: Effectively Using Technology for a Solo/Small Firm Law Practice
Aileen Chou Associate, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer 110. Navigating Local Law Conflicts to Preserve Attorney-Client Privilege in Cross-Border Matters
Thomas Chow General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Exponential Interactive Workshop: Overview of the Path to the GC Position
Workshop: Serving as GC of a Privately Owned Company
Debbie S. Crockett Attorney, Cheffy Passidomo, P.A. 101. Tips & Practice Pointers on Identifying, Evaluating and Handling Insurance Claims & Shifting the Risk
Justin Curley Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP 109. Employment Law Squares - 2017 L&E Hot Topics

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Zina Deldar Attorney, Paul Hastings LLP 203. Pay Equity: Mind the Gap
Harmeet Dhillon Partner, Dhillon Law Group 201. When Provocation Meets Protest...The Free Speech Conundrum on Campus
Keynote: APIs Climbing the Ladder of Public Service: Challenges and Opportunities
Pankit Doshi Partner, DLA Piper 302. Pathways To Leadership: A Conversation With Four National Bar Association Leaders
Hon. Alison Matsumoto Estrada Judge, Superior Court of California in Santa Clara County 210: The Portrait Project: A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law
Isabella Fu Head of Worldwide IP Litigation, Microsoft 405. Complex Litigation: Win the Business and Win the Case
Yingxi Fu-Tomlinson Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer 110. Navigating Local Law Conflicts to Preserve Attorney-Client Privilege in Cross-Border Matters
Charina Palomares Garcia President/Attorney, CPG Immigration Law Group 303. Transitioning from the Tickler File to the Virtual Office: Effectively Using Technology for a Solo/Small Firm Law Practice
Buck Gee Executive Advisor, Ascend 208. Diversity and Advancement in Tech
Hon. Delbert Gee Judge, Superior Court of California in Alameda County 108. Pathways to the Bench: How to Become a Judge
Kristy Gonowan Attorney - Claim Litigation, Allstate Insurance Company 101. Tips & Practice Pointers on Identifying, Evaluating and Handling Insurance Claims & Shifting the Risk
Abhas Gupta Founder and CEO, Calyx Health 404. VC’s and GC’s: Addressing Legal Needs at Startups and Finding Opportunities through Investor Connections
Aseem Gupta Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation, Salesforce 204. Effective Use of Joint Defense Arrangements

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Justin Hall Senior Vice President and General Counsel, NovaBay 206. Asian American and LGBTQI: Intersectionality Challenges in the Legal Profession
Jesse Hsieh Deputy Public Defender, Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office 409. Crimmigration 101
Daniel David Hu NAPABA Southwest Regional Governor, NAPABA 107. Language Access and Asian Pacific Americans: Progress and Challenges
Marie Oh Huber SVP Legal Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary, eBay Inc. 301. Women Who Work It: Business Development Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Saira Hussain Staff Attorney, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus 409. Crimmigration 101
Jin Hwang Managing Assistant General Counsel, Verizon Communications, Inc. 302. Pathways To Leadership: A Conversation With Four National Bar Association Leaders
Courtney Jensen Vice President, State Government Affairs, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues 306. Risky Business: Banking & Finance Issues in the Growing Legal Marijuana Industry
Les Jin Vice President, NAPABA Law Foundation 107. Language Access and Asian Pacific Americans: Progress and Challenges
Charles H. Jung Attorney, Nassiri & Jung LLP 205. California Lobby Day: Effective Policy Engagement in the Trump Era

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Jan Kang Vice President and General Counsel, Bromium, Inc. 301. Women Who Work It: Business Development Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Chris Kao Co-Managing Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP 209. Moving into Positions of Leadership at Large Law Firms
Dr. Florence Keller Jury Consultant with Trial Analysis Group Workshop: The Art of Jury Selection (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Khurshid Khoja Principal, Founder, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel 306. Risky Business: Banking & Finance Issues in the Growing Legal Marijuana Industry
James Kim Partner, McDermott Will & Emery 304. Presidential Powers At Home and Abroad
Jean Kim Partner, Stiller Kim, PC 303. Transitioning from the Tickler File to the Virtual Office: Effectively Using Technology for a Solo/Small Firm Law Practice
John K. Kim Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP 401. Game-Changing Effects of AIA Trials At The United States Patent And Trademark Office
Liz Kim Litigation Associate, Munger, Tolles & Olson 206. Asian American and LGBTQI: Intersectionality Challenges in the Legal Profession
Peter C. Kim Partner, Litchfield Cavo, LLP 101. Tips & Practice Pointers on Identifying, Evaluating and Handling Insurance Claims & Shifting the Risk
Rudy Kim Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP 401. Game-Changing Effects of AIA Trials At The United States Patent And Trademark Office
Sang Kim Managing Partner, DLA Piper 209. Moving into Positions of Leadership at Large Law Firms
Hon. Lucy Koh District Judge, Northern District of California 402. IP Career Management for APA Attorneys: Growing with Business & Technology
406. Entering Public Service: Pursuing Career Paths in the Judiciary
John W. Kuo Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Varian Medical Systems 210. The Portrait Project: A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law
Brian Kwok Partner, Haynes and Boone LLP 204. Effective Use of Joint Defense Arrangements
Yul Kwon Director of Product Management, Facebook 208. Diversity and Advancement in Tech
Deanna Kwong IP Litigation Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 401. Game-Changing Effects of AIA Trials At The United States Patent And Trademark Office

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Gloria Lee Partner, Rutan & Tucker, LLP 301. Women Who Work It: Business Development Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Joann Lee Directing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles 107. Language Access and Asian Pacific Americans: Progress and Challenges
Joe Lee Associate General Counsel, Microsoft 308. Perfect Pitch - Why is Diversity Important?
Hon. Linda Lee Judge, Washington Court of Appeals 108. Pathways to the Bench: How to Become a Judge
Richard Levin Principal, Polsinelli 309. Innovation in FinTech and Dispelling the Myth that Regulations will Stifle Innovation
Helen Hao Li Senior Corporate Attorney, Tableau Software 402. IP Career Management for APA Attorneys: Growing with Business & Technology
Lily Lim Partner, Finnegan 305. Cybersecurity Trends: Impacts on Liability, Design, and Policy
Hon. Goodwin Liu Associate Justice, California Supreme Court 210. The Portrait Project: A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law
Linda Lourie General Counsel, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) 307. New Military Technologies and the Laws of War
Diana Luo Senior Associate General Counsel, Walmart Global eCommerce 204. Effective Use of Joint Defense Arrangements
401. Game-Changing Effects of AIA Trials At The United States Patent And Trademark Office

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Fiona Ma Board Member (2nd District), California Board of Equalization 306. Risky Business: Banking & Finance Issues in the Growing Legal Marijuana Industry
Tam Ma Legal and Policy Director, Health Access California 202. Healthcare Reform Under The Trump Administration: What to Expect & Where To Go From Here
Marie Ma Senior Corporate Counsel and Director, Gap, Inc. 208. Diversity and Advancement in Tech
Julie MarSpinola Chief Intellectual Property Officer and VP, Legal Ops 305. Cybersecurity Trends: Impacts on Liability, Design, and Policy
Katherine McLain Corporate Counsel, Stripe 309. Innovation in FinTech and Dispelling the Myth that Regulations will Stifle Innovation
Chuck Michel CEO, Senior Partner, Michel & Associates, P.C. 407. The Right to Bear Arms: Rethinking the Second Amendment
Catharina Min Partner, Covington & Burling LLP 209. Moving into Positions of Leadership at Large Law Firms
301. Women Who Work It: Business Development Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Tae Hea Nahm Managing Director, Storm Ventures 404. VC’s and GC’s: Addressing Legal Needs at Startups and Finding Opportunities through Investor Connections
Jeff Nedrow Chief of San Jose Branch, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California Workshop: Federal Trial Practice (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Joe Newman Privacy and Consumer Protection Counsel, Electronic Arts 104. E-Sports: The Next Great Sporting Frontier
Phong D. Nguyen Partner, BakerHostetler 308. Perfect Pitch - Why is Diversity Important?
Hon. Daniel T. Nishigaya Judge, Santa Clara Superior Court Workshop: The Importance of Opening Statements & the Power of Closing Arguments (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Nanci Nishimura Principal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP 406. Entering Public Service: Pursuing Career Paths in the Judiciary
408. Bias and Judicial Misconduct

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Julian Ong VP, General Counsel, NIO Workshop: Serving as GC of a Privately Owned Company
Jessica Ou Corporate Counsel, Amazon Lab126 Workshop: Overview of the Path to the GC Position
Hyun Park Senior Vice President and Special Counsel to the Chairman, PG&E Corporation (formerly) 207. An Insider’s View of United States of America v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Workshop: Serving as GC of a Public Company
Sandip Patel Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office Workshop: Get the Jury On Your Side - Tips for Effective Direct and Cross Examinations (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Christine Pham President, VABANC Law Foundation 403. Protecting Civil Rights in the Trump Era
Mark Punzalan Principal, Punzalan Law, P.C. 303. Transitioning from the Tickler File to the Virtual Office: Effectively Using Technology for a Solo/Small Firm Law Practice
Elaine Reardon Director, Resolution Economics LLC 203. Pay Equity: Mind the Gap
W. Karl Renner Principal, Fish & Richardson PC 401. Game-Changing Effects of AIA Trials At The United States Patent And Trademark Office
Brettney Rezaei Civil Rights Attorney, CAIR-SFBA 403. Protecting Civil Rights in the Trump Era

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Roselle Safran President, Rosint Labs 305. Cybersecurity Trends: Impacts on Liability, Design, and Policy
Ali Saidi Deputy Public Defender (Immigration), Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office 409. Crimmigration 101
Margaux Savee Principal, Polsinelli 309. Innovation in FinTech and Dispelling the Myth that Regulations will Stifle Innovation
Phillip F. Shinn Partner, LimNexus LLP 101. Tips & Practice Pointers on Identifying, Evaluating and Handling Insurance Claims & Shifting the Risk
Jennifer Sim Vice President & General Counsel, VF Outdoor, LLC Workshop: Nontraditional Paths to the GC Position
Navdeep Singh Policy Director, NAPABA 107. Language Access and Asian Pacific Americans: Progress and Challenges
205. California Lobby Day: Effective Policy Engagement in the Trump Era
Julie Soo Senior Staff Counsel, California Department of Insurance Keynote: APIs Climbing the Ladder of Public Service: Challenges and Opportunities
Brian Sun Director, IP Counsel, Diagnostics, Hologic, Inc. 401. Game-Changing Effects of AIA Trials At The United States Patent And Trademark Office
Christine Sun Associate Director and Legal and Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California 206. Asian American and LGBTQI: Intersectionality Challenges in the Legal Profession
Dilawar Syed President, Freshdesk, Inc. Keynote: APIs Climbing the Ladder of Public Service: Challenges and Opportunities
Felicia Sze Partner, Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC 202. Healthcare Reform Under The Trump Administration: What to Expect & Where To Go From Here

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Quyen Ta Partner, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP 301. Women Who Work It: Business Development Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Sean Tamura Partner, Minami Tanaki LLP 109. Employment Law Squares - 2017 L&E Hot Topics
Chester Te Assistant General Counsel, Silicon Valley Bank 404. VC’s and GC’s: Addressing Legal Needs at Startups and Finding Opportunities through Investor Connections
Workshop: Serving as GC of a Privately Owned Company
Susan Tien President and CEO, Susan Tien Search, Inc. 402. IP Career Management for APA Attorneys: Growing with Business & Technology
Brian Tomkiel Counsel and Director of Compliance, Gap, Inc. 110. Navigating Local Law Conflicts to Preserve Attorney-Client Privilege in Cross-Border Matters
Margaret Tough Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP 207. An Insider’s View of United States of America v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company
George Tran Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office 206. Asian American and LGBTQI: Intersectionality Challenges in the Legal Profession
David Tsai Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP 206. Asian American and LGBTQI: Intersectionality Challenges in the Legal Profession
Elica Vafaie National Security & Civil Rights Attorney, Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus 403. Protecting Civil Rights in the Trump Era
Bijal V. Vakil Partner, White & Case LLP 209. Moving into Positions of Leadership at Large Law Firms
302. Pathways to Leadership: A Conversation With Four National Bar Association Leaders
402. IP Career Management for APA Attorneys: Growing with Business & Technology
406. Entering Public Service: Pursuing Career Paths in the Judiciary

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Speaker Title Session(s)
Jenny R. Yang Former Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 208. Diversity and Advancement in Tech
Judy Yang Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County Workshop: The Importance of Opening Statements & the Power of Closing Arguments (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Tina Yang Associate, Baker Botts 201. When Provocation Meets Protest...The Free Speech Conundrum on Campus
Jason Yee Principal Attorney, Law Office of Jason K. Yee 104. E-Sports: The Next Great Sporting Frontier
Mallun Yen Executive Vice President, RPX Corp. 402. IP Career Management for APA Attorneys: Growing with Business & Technology
Hon. Erica R. Yew Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court 406. Entering Public Service: Pursuing Career Paths in the Judiciary
408. Bias and Judicial Misconduct
Workshop: The Art of Jury Selection (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Bettina Yip Senior Labor & Employment Counsel, Recology, Inc. 301. Women Who Work It: Business Development Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Timothy Yip Product and Commercial Counsel, Square, Inc. 309. Innovation in FinTech and Dispelling the Myth that Regulations will Stifle Innovation
John Yoo Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, Berkeley School of Law 304. Presidential Powers At Home and Abroad
307. New Military Technologies and the Laws of War
Leslie Yuan Director and Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law Group, VMware 203. Pay Equity: Mind the Gap
Workshop: Serving as GC of a Public Company
Chris Yuen Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County Workshop: The Art of Jury Selection (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)
Kevin Yung Corporate Counsel, Twitch Interactive 104. E-Sports: The Next Great Sporting Frontier
Hon. Christa Zado Administrative Patent Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (USPTO) 406. Entering Public Service: Pursuing Career Paths in the Judiciary
Jim S. Zeng Chief Legal Compliance, SAP 204. Effective Use of Joint Defense Arrangements
Gary Zhao Partner, SmithAmundsen LLC 308. Perfect Pitch - Why is Diversity Important?
Ming Zhu Corporate Counsel and Strategic Relations Manager, Electronics for Imaging, Inc. Workshop: Serving as GC to a Special Entity