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Keynote Speaker

Sandra Leung

Exec. Vice President & General Counsel

Bristol-Myers Squibb


Sandy Leung is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. She leads the worldwide Law Department and is responsible for a wide range of legal areas including intellectual property, commercial and regulatory law, litigation, corporate governance, securities and transactions including licensing, acquisitions and divestitures. She also has responsibility for Environment, Health & Safety, Compliance & Ethics Corporate Security and Corporate Philanthropy.


Sandy joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 as a staff attorney in the litigation department. She was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility and was elected Corporate Secretary in 1999. In September 2006, she was appointed Interim General Counsel. In February 2007, she was named General Counsel. 


Sandy began her legal career as Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City where she was an original member of the Child Abuse Bureau. She ended her prosecutorial career, after trying more than 40 jury trials to verdict, as a member of the prestigious Homicide Investigations Unit where she conducted investigations of unsolved homicides linked with drug gang activity. 


Sandy is on the board of directors of the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.


Additional Awards

  • 2009 Recipient of the Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • 2013 Recipient of the Excellence in Corporate Practice Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Named one of America’s 2014 and 2016 Top 50 General Counsel by the National Law Journal




General Counsel Diversity Champion

Craig Silliman

Exec. Vice President - Public Policy & General Counsel

Verizon


Craig Silliman is executive vice president – public policy and general counsel, responsible for leading Verizon’s public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups.


Before assuming his current position in January 2015, Silliman was senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon’s global public policy, federal and state legislative affairs, federal regulatory affairs, strategic alliances, national security, privacy and corporate citizenship.


Prior to that, Silliman served in a number of other senior management roles at Verizon. He was senior vice president and general counsel for Verizon’s wireline consumer, business and wholesale groups globally, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel, with responsibility for antitrust, intellectual property, national security, privacy and strategic product support.


Prior to joining a Verizon predecessor company in 1997, Silliman was an attorney in the international trade practice at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott in Washington, D.C.  He has also taught international telecommunications regulation as an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C.


             

Special Guest Speaker

Byung J. "BJay" Pak

U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Department of Justice


Byung J. “BJay” Pak is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. He was nominated by President Trump on July 21, 2017 and was confirmed by the Senate on September 28, 2017. From 2002 to 2008, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the office that he now leads.  Previously, BJay was a partner at Chalmers Pak Burch & Adams, LLC, where he handled complex civil litigation and white collar investigation and prosecutions. Prior to forming the litigation boutique firm in 2015, he was an equity partner at an AMLAW 100 law firm.


From Jan. 2011 - Jan. 2017, BJay served in the Georgia General Assembly as a State Representative.  He served three terms and voluntarily retired in January 2017. As State Representative, BJay served as a Deputy Majority Whip, as the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, as Chair of the Subcommittee on Crimes Against Person, Property, and Public Administration. Prior to starting his current post, BJay served as a member of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Criminal Justice Reform Council.


He earned his Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, and Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a Harno Scholar, served as the Notes Editor for the Recent Decisions Section of the Illinois Bar Journal, and as a member of the Elder Law Journal. Upon graduating from law school, he then went on to clerk for the Honorable Richard Mills, United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. He is a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, FL. BJay is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.




Judge Alvin T. Wong Pioneer Award

Samuel S. Choi

Partner

King & Spalding


Sam Choy is a Partner at King & Spalding, with a practice that focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation.  Sam frequently speaks and publishes articles regarding benefits and compensation topics, including for national meetings and continuing legal education programs sponsored by the American Bar Association.  He is active in various bar and civic activities, including:

  • Serving as a Member of the Law Practice Committee - State Bar of Georgia for nearly 20 years;
  • Serving on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association for nearly 20 years, where he also served as Past-President;
  • Serving as a Mentor in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – Success in Law School Mentoring Program;
  • Teaching mock trial and constitutional law classes to high school students in Street Law, Inc. programs;
  • Serving as a Member of the Corporate Leadership Council of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History;
  • Serving as past Co-Chair, American Bar Association Health Law – Employee Benefits Section;
  • Serving as past-President and Board Member of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation;
  • Graduate of Leadership Atlanta – Class of 2010; and
  • Receiving the 2011 Multicultural Leadership Award from the National/Georgia Diversity Council. 

Two interesting tidbits about Sam: he was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the US with his family in 1972, but, his great-grandfather and grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1904. Sam also practiced law in Key West, Florida for six years.




Women's Leadership Award

Ling-Ling Nie 

General Counsel & VP for Ethics and Compliance

Georgia Institute of Technology


Ling-Ling Nie is General Counsel and Vice President for Ethics and Compliance at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she serves as chief legal counsel for the Institute and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. 


She previously served as Chief Compliance Officer & Assistant General Counsel at Panasonic Corporation of North America, where she was responsible for managing the global corporate compliance and ethics program for over 25 subsidiaries and division companies.  Prior to that, she served as a Senior Advisor to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 


She received the “Excellence in Ethics Training and Communications Award” from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in 2010 and was a University of Georgia “40 Under 40” award program nominee in 2013 and 2018.  She is a former division President of Panasonic’s Women Connect organization and currently serves as a Global Mentor for the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA).  Ling-Ling also serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and the Actor’s Express Theatre and has been featured in Modern Counsel Magazine and Compliance Weekly


She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received her law degree from Washington and Lee University’s School of Law, and is licensed to practice in both Georgia and Virginia.







Rising Star Award

Daniel Huynh

Partner

Morris, Manning & Martin


Daniel Huynh is a Partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, specializing in intellectual property counseling and litigation. Daniel has experience working with start-ups and multinational corporations. He has significant experience in all phases of patent arbitration and litigation with a wide variety of technologies including wireless telecommunications and financial payments technology. Daniel received his J.D. from the University Of Georgia School of Law, and he received his B.S. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Daniel is on the Board of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta and is a member of the Board of Governors for the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys. Daniel is also a member of the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court and the University Of Georgia School of Law Alumni Committee. Daniel is a member of the LEAD Atlanta class of 2015 and was selected to participate in the inaugural NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program. More recently, Daniel was recognized by Atlanta Business Chronicle as a 40 Under 40 Honoree and was awarded the Atlanta IP Inn of Court Pro Bono award for his legal work on a global documentary on education. An Atlanta native, Dan currently lives with his wife and daughter in Decatur.



Emcee

Sophia Choi

Anchor

WSB-TV Atlanta


Sophia Choi anchors Channel 2 Action News Saturday and Sunday AM and is a general assignment reporter for Channel 2 Action News. Prior to joining WSB-TV, Choi worked as the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. anchor at KVBC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas. While there, she won two Electronic Media Awards for her work.


Before moving to Las Vegas, Choi worked as the prime time anchor for CNN Headline News where she covered various breaking stories, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Hurricane Wilma in Florida. She also anchored various programs for CNN and CNN International.


Choi has also worked as a morning anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles and as a reporter at WVTM-TV (NBC) in Birmingham, AL where she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her series on child predators and won an Associated Press Award. Choi began her career at WSET-TV (ABC) in Lynchburg, VA. Choi is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where she received a Bachelor of Journalism degree.
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