AABANY’s In-House Counsel Committee Holds 2022 Summer Soiree at Castell Rooftop Lounge

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, AABANY’s In-House Counsel Committee held its annual Summer Soiree at the Castell Rooftop Lounge located atop AC Hotel New York Times Square. The beautiful midtown skyline served as the perfect backdrop to a memorable night filled with hors d’oeuvres, a variety of drinks, wines, cocktails, and many conversations. Around 100 senior in-house lawyers and senior law firm attorneys and partners attended the networking event. This was the first Summer Soiree held in person since 2019, with the 2020 soiree being canceled due to COVID-19, and the 2021 soiree held over Zoom at the beginning of 2022 as the Winter Soiree. Everyone seemed happy to be gathering in person again for this popular event.

Photo by Karen Zhou

Attendees discussed various topics ranging from career pivots during the pandemic to favorite pastimes and hobbies. While munching on mini lobster rolls and sipping curated cocktails, attendees also heard from AABANY’s Co-VP of Programs and Operations, Beatrice Leong, In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chair, Blossom Kan, and Immediate Past President, Terry Shen. Some spectacular photographs from the night taken by Karen Zhou can be found linked here

The attendees formed a diverse cohort, representing 74 companies across industries, including Apple, Meta, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey & Company, Inc., and top global and regional law firms. 

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We thank and acknowledge the following sponsors for helping us make this event possible:  


Baker McKenzie


Covington & Burling LLP

Thank you to all our attendees, and we hope to see everyone again at next year’s Summer Soiree. To learn more about the In-House Counsel Committee go to: https://www.aabany.org/page/149 

Photo by Karen Zhou

AABANY In-House Counsel Committee Hosts a Networking Event at Freds in Barneys Downtown

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, the In-House Counsel Committee hosted a very successful networking event at the cozy and upscale Freds at Barneys Downtown. In-house counsel from numerous prominent companies gathered and mingled over drinks and light bites.

The attendees took the time to get to know one another and shared insights into what their work entails. The general consensus appeared to be that the in-house counsel legal experience is vastly different from that of any other practice area and to be successful in this role, one has to learn to be a jack of all trades.

We thank everyone that attended and made the event a great success.

We also thank our In-House Counsel Committee co-chairs Grace Fu, General Counsel at Barneys New York, and Blossom Kan, Assistant General Counsel at Metlife, for hosting this event. A special thank you to Grace Fu for arranging such a beautiful venue for the event.

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AABANY Press Release: Blossom Kan, Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal – MCCA Rising Stars


April 4, 2013 
Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(718) 228-7206 


NEW YORK – April 4, 2013 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) applauds the selection of Blossom Kan and Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal for being named one of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Rising Stars for 2013.

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (“MCCA”) was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them.  In the March/April 2013 issue of “Diversity & the Bar Magazine,” MCCA recognized Ms. Kan and Ms. Sankoorikal as “Rising Stars” based on their extraordinary legal accomplishments, demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and their emergence as major players in the legal world.

“We are thrilled that both Blossom and Teena-Ann were named one of MCCA’s ‘Rising Stars’ for 2013.  Their selection to this exclusive group is a testament to their outstanding legal work, commitment to diversity and leadership abilities, and we congratulate them for this well-deserved honor,” said Mike Huang, AABANY President. 

Blossom Kan is an Assistant General Counsel at MetLife Inc in New York, NY.  Ms. Kan handles complex litigation matters and represents MetLife on regulatory matters with both federal and state regulatory authorities.  Ms. Kan currently serves as the co-chair of AABANY’s In-House Counsel Committee.  Prior to joining MetLife, Ms. Kan was a litigation counsel at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.  Previous to that, she was a litigation associate at the law firm of Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe.  Her practice focused on complex financial litigation.  Ms. Kan received a Bachelors of Arts in English and History from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Environmental Law Journal.  Ms. Kan has also co-authored two women’s fiction novels published by St. Martin’s Press, China Dolls (2007) and Young, Restless and Broke (2010).

Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal is currently a litigation partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.  Ms. Sankoorikal has a broad litigation practice, with particular experience in copyright, patent and trade secret matters, as well as experience with antitrust law, securities, Alien Tort Statute and internal investigations.  In 2013, Ms. Sankoorikal was elected to the Board of Directors of AABANY.  Ms. Sankoorikal received a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry cum laude from Yale University in 1996 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, where she was the Research Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.