Lewis Brisbois Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

(May 2022) - As Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month begins, Lewis Brisbois looks forward to celebrating the culture and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans who have enriched our country’s history and who are integral to its success. Throughout the month of May, our Asian American and Pacific Islander American colleagues across the firm will be sharing their diverse experiences and perspectives in a series of spotlight posts.

We begin this series with a message from Co-Chairs of our Asian Pacific American Affinity Group, Los Angeles Partners Josephine Brosas and William "Billy" Sung, regarding Asian Pacific American leaders who have endured challenges to break institutional barriers throughout all levels of the legal profession. 

Learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Lewis Brisbois here.

The first contribution in our AAPI Heritage Month spotlight series comes from Los Angeles Partner Billy Sung, who describes the importance of having a balanced legal career, which includes dedication to one’s clients, the firm, the community at large, and the legal profession. 

Billy is national co-chair of the Wage & Hour Class Action Practice, specializing in the defense of complex wage and hour class and PAGA representative actions in federal and state court. Learn more about his professional background here.

The next contribution in our AAPI Heritage Month spotlight series comes from Dallas Associate Christine Chasse, who describes her challenges in connecting with AAPI mentors after leaving the nursing profession to attend law school. Christine also expresses her gratitude for the members of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, who have mentored and motivated her in her legal career.

Learn more about Christine’s professional background here.

As our AAPI Heritage Month spotlight series continues, we hear from Atlanta Associate Chae Mims, who discusses the privileges and challenges associated with living most of her life away from her motherland. She describes how an AAPI politician, along with other mentors, helped her develop confidence and her own identity. 

Chae is a member of Lewis Brisbois' Products Liability Practice and works with the firm’s Korean Business & Litigation Practice. She has delivered presentations on products liability and civil procedure in Seoul, South Korea. Learn more about Chae's professional experience here.

The next contribution in our AAPI spotlight series comes from Sacramento Partner John P. Yung, who shares the inspiring story of his grandmother and mentor who became one of the first licensed acupuncturists in California after immigrating to the United States. John describes his desire to mentor others in his legal practice and personal life, so that he may help move the needle forward, as his grandmother did, for future generations.

John is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Corporate Practice and co-chair of the firm’s China Practice. He focuses on corporate, securities, and international business matters, with particular emphasis on assisting Chinese companies in accessing the U.S. capital markets. With more than a decade of experience in representing publicly-traded and private companies, John has handled a wide variety of financing transactions. He is also an executive director for the CalAsian, the largest statewide ethnic chamber in California.

Learn more about John's professional experience here.

As we move into the second half of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we hear from Los Angeles Associate Karyn Ihara, who describes how she views her mentors as role models and friends. Similarly, she notes that she learns important lessons from both her mentors as well as her mentees.

Karyn is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Products Liability Practice and the Japan Practice Group. She focuses primarily on defending automotive companies in consumer actions in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration. Learn more about Karyn’s professional background here.

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