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Aileen Bhandari              

Aileen Bhandari is a second generation Indian and Filipino American and has prosecuted cases for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Chicago, Illinois for over 16 years.  As an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Felony Trial Division, she has prosecuted a litany of felony cases including Murder, Attempt Murder, Sexual Assaults, and Financial Crimes.  Currently, she is President-Elect for the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago and Co-President of the National Asian Pacific Islanders Prosecutor’s Association’s Chicago Chapter. Previously, she was elected to the Board of Directors as Treasurer and past Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the South Asian Bar Association.   Ms. Bhandari is an Honorary Board member of the Asian American Bar Association, on the Board of Directors for the Filipino Lawyers Association of Chicago and also serves as a member of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s planning committee. Other accomplishments include serving on the Asian American Advisory Council for former State Treasurers as well as the Asian Advisory Council for the County State’s Attorney.    She was a recipient of the Joint Operations Award from the Chicago Police Department in 2011 for her work on a child abduction case.

Ms. Bhandari received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law where she served as Student Bar Association President. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Bhandari is married with three children.

  

Peter Huh

       

Peter is an experienced litigator and trusted advisor to companies seeking strategic counsel and representation in complex product liability, general liability, and commercial disputes in state and federal courts. Peter serves as national counsel to a Fortune 500 food manufacturer regarding personal injury and commercial litigation matters. Previously, he served as national product liability counsel to a Fortune 100 manufacturing, technology, and service company.

Peter has won trial verdicts, summary judgments, motions to dismiss, and early case settlements for his clients throughout the country. He has extensive experience in construction, employment, franchise, health care, and premises liability matters, and is also a member of Litchfield Cavo's Rapid Response Team for vehicle accident investigation. Peter has litigated numerous high risk automotive crashworthiness cases, with expertise in accident reconstruction, injury causation, and occupant kinematics. In addition, Peter's experience includes class actions involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

 

Christine Jeon 


       

Christine is a Senior Attorney in the Cyber Unit of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Division of Enforcement, in Chicago.  Christine has experience investigating securities fraud, bitcoin fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud, and market manipulation.  She also has federal trial and appellate experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, where she spent seven years investigating and prosecuting federal crimes, including tax fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, and violent crimes.  She has been practicing law for 16 years and began her career at Alston & Bird LLP as an associate in its Securities Litigation Group.  She was also a litigation partner at Akerman LLP, where she was a member of the firm-wide Diversity Committee.

Christine has served as a board member for the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago and the Philippine American Bar Association of Los Angeles.  She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

 

Sang Yup Lee

Sang is the Development Manager at the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) in Chicago. PILI’s mission is to engage, inspire and empower those advancing equal access to justice. Sang is responsible for PILI’s fundraising efforts with law firms, corporations, foundations and individuals. He has previously worked as a Development Specialist at the Youth Leadership Academy in Elgin; Volunteer Engagement and Events Manager at Literacy DuPage in Naperville; and Dad & Baby Group Facilitator at Ohana in Evanston.

In terms of his legal background, he previously worked as an attorney at Progressive Law Group LLC in Chicago, where he concentrated his practice on class actions in consumer and employment rights matters. During law school, he completed internships with St. Joseph County Public Defenders at the Juvenile Justice Center, Indiana Legal Services, and Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic in Indiana; an internship with Bet Tzekek Legal Services in California; and a judicial externship with the Honorable Judge Mary Yu of the Washington Superior Court in Washington. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal for public defenders at The Defender Association in Washington. Sang received his B.A. in Psychology and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame

   

 


 

   

 


 

 

 


 

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