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Bryan Cave Partner Elected NAPABA President

Bryan Cave Partner George Chen has been elected as President-Elect of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) for the fiscal year 2013-2014. He will be sworn into office on November 9, 2013 in Kansas City, MO. In 2014-2015, he will serve as President and will be sworn into office in November 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ, and in 2015-2016, he will serve as Immediate Past President and will be sworn into office in November 2015 in New Orleans, LA.  Chen has been a member of NAPABA since 1999 holding various positions within the national organization including Treasurer, Vice President for Programs and Operations, and Southwest Regional Governor.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 66 state and local APA bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

George Chen, an attorney with Bryan Cave since 1999, partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets.  His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters. Chen received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S.E.E. and J.D. from Arizona State University.  He is the co-inventor of 4 patents.


Polsinelli Shughart Attorney Recognized as Best Under 40

Polsinelli Shughart  Shareholder Melissa Ho was recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) as a “Best Under 40.” The NAPABA recognized Ho at its national convention in Washington, D.C., on November 16. Ho practices in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Practice in its Phoenix office.

“It is tremendous honor to be professionally recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for the work I have accomplished as an attorney,” Ho said. “I am humbled to be recognized among judges, law partners and other practitioners who have contributed to the legal profession.”

The NAPABA celebrates how far Asian Pacific Americans have progressed in their quest for advancement and how Asian Pacific American attorneys have contributed to, and embodied, that progress. Where once their efforts revolved around ensuring basic civil rights, they now have evolved to include succeeding at the highest levels in business, law and politics.

Ho advises her clients in all stages of litigation, including pre-indictment, post-indictment and appellate review. Her areas of practice include government investigations and white-collar criminal defense. She brings experience representing and advising individuals and corporations who are the target of complex governmental and regulatory investigations, as well as handling parallel civil litigation matters, administrative law proceedings and professional licensing board matters.

Ho earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and B.S., with honors, and B.A. from Arizona State University. She holds leadership positions in a wide variety of legal and civic organizations at all levels, including city, county and state levels. Additionally, Ms. Ho is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a former felony crimes prosecutor and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. She is involved with Mackrell International, for clients with international matters, and has access to and relationships with law firms all over the world.

With more than 600 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart (www.polsinelli.com) is a national law firm and recognized leader in the areas of health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences, energy and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, the firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through its legal services – with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Phoenix; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.