Board of Directors

Emma Bienias

Emma Bienias is a Director with Stout Risius Ross in the Intellectual Property (IP) Group where she values IP for various transactional and litigation purposes. Emma co-founded the Chicago Women in IP group, serves on the Board of the Lawyer for Creative Arts and is active in the International Trademark Association (INTA) and a member of INTA’s Enforcement Committee. She has a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Toronto, a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Waterloo.


Natalie Chan

Natalie is an associate in the Employment and Labor group at Sidley Austin LLP, where she counsels employers and litigates on a broad array of employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant issues. At Sidley, Natalie regularly assists pro bono clients and is actively involved in mentoring diverse law students. Prior to joining the firm, Natalie served as a judicial extern at the Cook County Circuit Court in the Law and Chancery Divisions. Natalie earned her J.D., Order of the Coif and magna cum laude, from Washington University School of Law, and her B.S. in Journalism, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University.


Debjani Dasgupta

Debjani is an Administrative Law Judge at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services handling medical vendor appeals and fair hearings. Prior to that, Debjani worked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Special Prosecutions Bureau’s Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit, the Juvenile Justice Bureau, and the Civil Actions Bureau. Debjani earned her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and her B.B.A. in Finance from Loyola University of New Orleans.

Frank Gao

Frank Gao, has been working on patent-related matters since graduating and getting the 2nd M.S. in organic chemistry from Ohio State University in 2000. After graduating from law school in 2009, Frank has counseled corporate clients in various patent, trademark matters. Currently at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Frank has filed more than 200 patent applications in pharmaceutical, chemical, material science, electrical, computer, and medical devices and helped in litigating such matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and federal district court (including Hatch-Waxman litigation). 

Jeffrey Koh

Jeffrey Koh is an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, where he represents clients in capital markets, private equity, and M&A transactions. He also counsels clients on corporate governance and compliance issues. At the firm, Jeff has an active pro bono practice involving asylum, indigent defense, and family law matters. Jeff clerked for the Delaware Court of Chancery, and worked at the Hong Kong Legislative Council. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College.


Christine Pompa

Christine is Senior Patent Counsel at the Kraft Heinz Company where she is responsible for the company’s global patent portfolio.  Prior to joining the Kraft Heinz Company, Christine was a partner at Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP, an IP boutique firm in Chicago. She has been selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars from 2010 through 2016. In addition to her service to AABA, Christine is also the President of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago.

Hoa Tan

Hao is a senior associate in Quarles & Brady's Intellectual Property group.  Hao's practice focuses on patent litigation and patent prosecution in the medical imaging and electrical and computer engineering arts.  He started working on IP law in 2008 after attending Chicago Kent Law School. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from University of Virginia. Hao is a soccer fan and also enjoys running and swimming.

Samantha Woo

Samantha is an associate in the Labor and Employment group at Jones Day, where she represents employers in connection with a wide range of employment litigation matters and labor management relations issues, including collective bargaining and unfair labor practice cases, as well as employment discrimination and wage and hour disputes. Samantha has an active pro bono practice, and also is involved in the firm's recruiting and diversity committees.  Samantha earned her J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, her Master's in Public Health from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and her B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.