About Me

I BELIEVE THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS IN

THE POWER OF OUR COMMUNITY.

As GC for a multinational company, I have the opportunity to work with talented legal teams all around the world. 

From my perspective, Orange County is one of the most professional, collegial and impactful places to practice.  There is no better community for attorneys than the OCBA.

OCBA Leadership

During my tenure as

Section Chair, gathering GCs and in-house leaders from companies across the county, I introduced innovative new programming, doubled monthly meeting attendance, and increased membership 150% over the year prior! 

I bring this entrepreneurial mindset to my commitment and service to the bar.

It has been a privilege to serve alongside you

for our OCBA community in many roles throughout the years.

  • Board of Directors

  • Past Chair, Corporate Counsel Section

  • Chair, Membership Task Force

  • Co-Chair, OCBA Charitable Fund "Raise Your Glass" Annual Benefit

  • COVID-19 Task Force

  • Insurance Review Task Force

  • Strategic Plan Task Force

  • State Bar Task Force

  • Finance Committee

  • Leadership Development Committee

  • Mentoring Committee

  • Pro Bono Committee

  • Legislative Resolutions Committee

  • Diversity Committee

  • OC Lawyer Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee

This is one of my favorite recent pieces from my art studio. It's made with patinas on metal.

I'm a big fan of tradition.  It is important to me that we continue to carry forward the great legacies of our bar, and also introduce new traditions and we grow and evolve.

  • Chair and Founder, Annual Joint Special Event “Circle of Counsel”, an innovative mentoring program bringing together OC's Must Know GCs, in-house counsel leaders from the Corporate Counsel Section and rising stars from the Young Lawyers Division for an evening of insights and inspiration

  • Founding Committee, Annual Trivia Night, bringing together the Masters Division and the Young Lawyers Division

  • Champion of high value Joint Section Meetings drawing across our wealth of practice areas and knowledge

Local Memberships
  • OCBA

  • Board of Directors, Public Law Center

  • Board of Directors and Past Chair of the Diversity Committee, Association of Corporate Counsel SoCal

  • Pro Bono Panel, California Lawyers for the Arts

  • Founding Board of Directors, Filipino-American Lawyers of Orange County

  • Orange County Asian American Bar Association 

  • Orange County Korean American Bar Association

  • Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law

  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association 

  • Orange County Lavender Bar Association 

  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association 

  • Italian American Lawyers of Orange County 

Education

J.D., University of California, Irvine School of Law

  • Member of the Inaugural Class

  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, UC Irvine Law Review

 

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, University of California, Irvine

  • UC Regents Scholar

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Awards & Recognition
  • Orange County Business Journal General Counsel Awards Rising Star of the Year

  • Listed, OC 500 Directory of Influence

  • Shortlisted, Global Counsel Awards

  • Association of Corporate Counsel Global “Top 10 Thirty-Something” Award

  • American Bar Association “Top 40 Lawyers On The Rise” Award

  • Nominated, Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Awards

  • UCI Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumni Award

Selected Publications & Presentations
  • Earning Your Loyalty

November 2019 | Orange County Lawyer Magazine | READ ARTICLE

  • The Power of Connecting Offline

February 2018 | Orange County Lawyer Magazine | READ ARTICLE

 

  • Impact of COVID-19 (and other Acts of God) on International Trade

joined by the General Counsels of Toshiba and Rainbow Sandals

July 2020 | OCBA International Law Section | BIG THANKS FOR JOINING ME!

  • Perspectives from In-House Counsel During the COVID Crisis

joined by the General Counsels of Taco Bell and Veros Credit

April 2020 | OCBA COVID-19 Task Force Webinar

  • Women Who Lead - General Counsel Roundtable

joined by the General Counsels of Starz, Lucasfilm, and Buzzfeed

October 2019 | Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel​

  • Testimony from the C-Suite: Preparing for the Defending Executive Deposition

September 5, 2019 | OCBA Business Litigation Section 

  • Women’s Empowerment Series Keynote Speaker

August 2018 | Orange County United Way and Bank of America

 

  • The Business of Fashion: A Look at the Law

May 2018 | OCBA Entertainment, Marketing & Sports Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section Joint Meeting

 

  • International Women’s Day Keynote Speaker

March 2018 | JAMS Southern California Annual Women’s Luncheon

 

  • The Business Trial from the Client Perspective: A Roundtable Discussion on How In-House Counsel Approach Trials

September 2017 | OCBA Business Litigation Section

 

  • Perspectives from Leading OC General Counsel

August 2017 | Orange County United Way Bench and Bar

 

  • Get Your Swagger On: How to Roll with Style and Confidence

July 2017 | California Minority Counsel Program

 

  • Renegotiating Our Role: How In-House and Outside Counsel Can Partner to Achieve Better Value for the Business

November 2016 | OCBA Corporate Counsel Section

 

  • Pathways In-House

November 2015 | Orange County Asian American Bar Association

Fun fact: Business Litigation is the largest section in our bar!

Beyond my leadership in the legal and business communities, I am an accomplished visual artist, a classically-trained pianist, and a martial artist with a second degree black belt and a bronze medal from the Taekwondo World Championships.

Fun fact: International Law is the smallest but may I say mightiest section in our bar!

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