Honorary Board

Avanti Bakane

Avanti is a Partner at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP.  She represents publicly traded and smaller companies alike in areas such as complex class action, antitrust, and other commercial litigation with a focus in consumer class action defense.  Avanti is immediate past president of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Chicago, and she serves as a trustee for the SABA-Chicago Foundation as well as Associate Board member for the Leading India's Future Today (LIFT) Foundation. She earned her J.D. from DePaul College of Law and her B.A. at University of California, Santa Barbara.  

Hon. Geri D'Souza

Geraldine was appointed a Cook County Associate Judge on May 9, 2016. She currently sits in the First Municipal Division at the Daley Center.  Prior to that she was a prosecutor for 23 years, and was an ASA in Cook County for 22 of those. She left the Cook County State's Attorney's Office while holding the position of First Chair Assistant State's Attorney and at the time was assigned to a felony courtroom at the Leighton Courthouse, 26lh and California. As a prosecutor she litigated numerous bench and jury trials involving the most serious types of criminal offenses, such as murder and other violent crimes involving victims. 

Paula Kim

Paula Kim is a shareholder at Polsinelli PC specializing in complex commercial litigation and is the Pro Bono Coordinator for her firm’s Chicago office.  She is the immediate past president of the Korean American Bar Association and also currently services on the executive boards for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago, and Korean American Community Services.  Paula has been selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars from to 2014 to 2016.  She earned her J.D., cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Anshuman Vaidya

Anshuman is a prosecutor at the Attorney General's Office for the State of Illinois, specializing in white-collar crime and tax evasion.  As a Unit Supervisor in the Special Prosecutions Bureau, Anshuman manages grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions throughout the state and also serves as counsel to the Illinois Department of Revenue.  Anshuman is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and a past AABA board member.  Anshuman received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 2002 and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2005.

Greg Wu

Greg Wu is employee benefits counsel at United Airlines and responsible for advising the company on a wide range of domestic and international benefit matters.  Greg is also on the Leadership Team of United’s Multi-Cultural Business Resource Group.  Even though Coach K failed to offer him a basketball scholarship, Greg took his talents to Duke University, and after going undrafted by the NBA, attended Harvard Law School.

Gary Zhao

SmithAmundsen LLC’s commercial litigation group, Gary has secured victories through both trial and arbitration for his client in cases involving breach of contract, IP, false advertising, unfair competition, business fraud and other disputes. Gary has been recognized by NAPABA as one of Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2015. He is the immediate past President of the Chinese American Bar Association and is a recipient of the Presidential Leadership Award from the organization. Gary is a past board member of AABA Chicago and received its Member of the Year Award in 2010. He was recognized as one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Gary has co-chaired the NAPABA litigation committee since 2011. He has been selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for six straight years.