America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel
Congratulations to the America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel named by National Law Journal! Click on the link above to check out these outstanding legal leaders. Of special note to AABANY for their diversity and inclusion efforts are:
Sandra Leung, General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Sandra Leung arrived at Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 as a staff attorney after eight years as a prosecutor with the New York County District Attorney’s office. She’s climbed the pharmaceutical company’s ranks ever since, and in 2007 became general counsel. At that time, the company’s top leaders had just been pushed out amid a federal investigation over its blooder-thinner Plavix. She re-engineered the company’s legal department by cutting costs, and today her portfolio includes shaping the company’s legal strategy and its environmental, health and safety, corporate security and philanthropy policies.
Lee Cheng, Chief Legal Officer of Newegg, Inc.
As Newegg Inc.’s “chief troll hunter,” Lee Cheng has earned a reputation in recent years as a fierce foe of so-called patent trolls. Cheng, the online retailer’s chief legal officer, has aggressively defended against patent infringement claims by companies that he’s labeled “legal terrorists” and gone after legal fees when successful. He’s made headlines for his aversion to settling. Earlier this year, after Minero Digital LLC dropped a patent case against Newegg subsidiary Rosewill Inc., Newegg struck back with a lawsuit of its own, seeking a court order that would ensure that Minero couldn’t refile the claims in the future.
Simone Wu, General Counsel of Choice Hotels International
Simone Wu, Choice Hotels International Inc.’s general counsel, is a leader in diversity in the legal field. A 2013 recipient of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Justice in Action Award, Wu oversees the Rockville, Maryland-based corporation’s litigation matters, transactions and regulatory affairs. She also serves as counsel to the company’s senior management and board of directors. Recently, the company expanded its Cambria hotel line with a grand opening in Times Square and has partnered with CapStar Hotel Co. to develop sites in Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles.
Please join us in congratulating these friends of AABANY.
OPINION: Missed Opportunity In Supreme Court Nomination – Law360
Here is an interesting opinion piece from Law360, published on March 16, in which Lee Cheng, Chief Legal Officer of Newegg (and a speaker at AABANY’s 2015 Fall Conference in two separate programs) laments President Obama’s major missed opportunity in not seizing the historic chance to nominate an Asian Pacific American for the SCOTUS vacancy. What may be even more noteworthy is Lee’s recommendation that President Obama should have considered two other APAs for nomination who just happen to have been the honorees at AABANY’s 2016 Annual Dinner, which took place on February 24. Lee, we could not agree with you more. Both Ivan Fong and Michelle Lee would make great United States Supreme Court justices. And kudos to incoming President Susan Shin, who had the foresight to honor Ivan and Michelle at this year’s Annual Dinner, for having such a keen eye for spotting major judicial talent. (By the way, the actual nominee, Merrick Garland, was formerly a Partner at Susan’s firm, Arnold & Porter.)
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