Congratulations to AABANY Member Lisa S. Lim, Partner at Akerman LLP

Congratulations to AABANY Member Lisa S. Lim, Partner at Akerman LLP

Congratulations to Karen Lim on becoming a Partner at Fross Zelnick

Congratulations to Karen Lim on becoming a Partner at Fross Zelnick

WNYC News – Immigration Courts Closed Due to the Shutdown

WNYC News – Immigration Courts Closed Due to the Shutdown



We are now taking applications from senior associates for the 2013 Prospective Partners Program (PPP). We are also looking for In-House Counsel to participate in the program.

Senior associates interested in applying for the program must submit an application by October 21, 2013. Please click here for the application requirements and instructions.

Any In-House Counsel interested in participating in the program should click here for more information.

The objective of the PPP is to identify, either through nomination or application, 6-8 senior associates or of counsel at major law firms who are “on-deck,” i.e. within 12-18 months of consideration for partnership, and to introduce them to and allow them to individually pitch a similar (or greater) number of senior In-House Counsel (GCs or others with outside counsel hiring authority). The participants would not necessarily be pitching for specific work or projects but for the opportunity to get to know and show potential clients what they can do. There will also be a mentorship aspect where senior associates will be paired with partner mentors.

Please direct any questions to Angela Chen at and copy Louisa Wang at and Lee Cheng at if you would like to participate.


The 2013 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference hosted by Weil Gotshal featured a packed afternoon with several CLEs to keep attendees busy. Session 3 commenced at 2:30 pm and CLE topics included: “How do GCs Manage Crisis and Government Investigations,” “E-discovery and the New Ethical Rules for Non-Litigators,” “The Right to Vote: Asian Americans and the Struggle Over who Can Vote and How,” and much more, including the afternoon portion of the all-day Trial Advocacy Program (TAP).

“How do GCs Manage Crisis and Government Investigations” was one of our most popular CLE programs. The panel was moderated by Don Liu, Corporate Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Xerox. Panelists included Stuart Alderoty, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at HSBC, Bruce Bettigole, Partner at Sutherland, Katy Choo, Chief Investigative & Anti-Corruption Counsel at General Electric, and Sandra Leung, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Session 4 started at 4PM with well-attended CLEs: “The Partner Track: Fiction v. Reality,” “Common Sense Immigration Reform,” and “General Counsel Roundtable.”

Outside of the CLE programs, Robert Leung, Michael Park, and Gurinder Singh, of the newly formed AABANY Career Placement Committee, held one-on-one meetings throughout the day, in the morning and afternoon, with many individuals interested in the participating in the committee and the AABANY Career Exchange.

Many thanks to all of our speakers and moderators for contributing their time in preparing for and serving on their panels. AABANY would like to thank all staff, volunteers and attendees for participating in the conference.

Huhnsik Chung Appointed Partner-in-Charge of Edwards Wildman’s New York Office

Huhnsik Chung

Congratulations to Huhnsik Chung on being named the Partner-in-Charge of Edwards Wildman’s New York office!  Here’s the full text of the release from Edward Wildman:

Edwards Wildman is pleased to announce that Huhnsik Chung, a partner in the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Department, has been named partner-in-charge of the firm’s New York office. In that capacity, Chung will continue the growth of the office, promote the firm’s brand in the New York market, and foster a supportive and inclusive work environment.

Huhnsik is a seasoned litigator who, for more than two decades, has successfully resolved complex, high-value disputes on behalf of the insurance industry in domestic and international arbitrations and judicial proceedings. In addition to cultivating an outstanding reputation in his field, Chung has maintained his close ties to South Korea since moving to New York as a child. Working with diverse teams of lawyers, Chung continues to assist Korean clients globally on all types of matters. He will maintain his practice as he assumes his leadership of the New York office.

Under the leadership of Chung’s predecessor, Patti Kantor, the New York City office of Edwards Wildman has seen impressive growth in a number of practice-area disciplines. After four years of leading the New York office, Kantor recently was elected to the firm’s Executive Board and, as a result, will transition the office leadership position to Chung.

“I am confident that Huhnsik will continue Patti’s strong leadership of our New York City office,” said Robert L. Shuftan, the managing partner of Edwards Wildman. “The respect which Huhnsik commands in New York and throughout the firm will allow him to continue to develop  the kind of workplace and practices in New York City which are important to fully service our clients’ needs.”