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GAPABA’s Third Annual Gala reaches new heights

June 2016
GAPABA’s Third Annual Gala reaches new heights

The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA) held its third Annual Gala on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History with over 350 guests in attendance, including over three dozen general counsel, judges, NAPABA officers, attorneys from across the country, and other members and friends of GAPABA.

“We are humbled by the incredible success of this year’s Gala, owed completely to the participation of prominent leaders in the legal community, the generosity of our sponsors, and the steadfast support of our membership,” said David Kahng, GAPABA’S President.

Emceed by retired WSB-TV anchor, Monica Kaufman Pearson, the program began with a keynote speech by Don Liu, EVP, General Counsel & Secretary of the Xerox Corporation, who spoke about playing your own game, rather than submitting to stereotypes, and urged the audience to always continue striving to reach new heights in the profession.

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GAPABA Honorees: Manoj Mishra (Director of Field Operations, ACI Worldwide, GAPABA Rising Star), Vicky Ogawa Kimbrell (Family Violence & Health Law Specialist, Georgia Legal Services, GAPABA Community Appreciation Award), Teresa Wynn Roseborough (EVP, GC and Secretary, The Home Depot, GAPABA GC Diversity Champion), and Christopher J. Chan (Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Judge Alvin T. Wong Pioneer Award).

GAPABA awarded the Judge Alvin T. Wong Pioneer Award, named after its co-founder, to Chris Chan, partner in the Atlanta office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Other awardees included Teresa Wynn Roseborough, EVP, General Counsel & Secretary of The Home Depot, who was named General Counsel Diversity Champion; Vicky Ogawa Kimbrell of Georgia Legal Services and the first identified Asian Pacific American woman to practice law in the State of Georgia, recipient of the Community Appreciation Award; and Manoj Mishra, Director of Field Operations & Strategic Deals for North American and European Financial Institutions for ACI Worldwide, Inc., recipient of the Rising Star Award.

A portion of the funds raised will go to benefit the GAPABA Law Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides charitable and educational services for Georgia’s APA legal community.


GAPABA RAINMAKERS FORUM: Chris Chan, Raj Nichani (The RMN Agency), Wilson Chu (McDermott Will & Emery, LLP, Cherish De la Cruz (De la Cruz Law), Jeannie Lin, Hon. Alvin T. Wong, Don Liu (Xerox), Teresa Wynn Roseborough (The Home Depot), Jim Goh (Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete, LLP), David Kahng (GAPABA President and Doosan Infracore International), and Bonnie Youn.



Jin Hwang is greeted by GAPABA Past President Anu Goswamy Seam.

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Neha Mishra and Manoj Mishra.

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Ritesh Desai, Sheetal Desai, and Christopher J Chan.

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Judge Jaslovelin “Jessy” Lall (Fulton County Magistrate Court), Sanjay Lall, Steven Kaminshine (Dean, Georgia State University College of Law).

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John Pearson, Justice David Nahmias (Supreme Court of Georgia), Judge Hannah Chung (Fulton County Magistrate Court), and Jon-Peter Kelly (Delta Air Lines).

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Meeta Dama, Brenny Nguyen, and Allen Chang.

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Neel Gupta, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

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Meeta Dama and Hemanth Digumarthi.

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Shilpa Ailani Jadwani and Neera Bahl.

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Amish Shah.

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Chelsea Covington, Raj Nichani, and Waqar Khawaja.

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Alice Hsu and Anita Goklaney.

Posted 6/2/16.

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