Mr. Jay J. Chung is a litigation partner with Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP. Mr. Chung served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge Alex Kozinski, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Chung is a current Board Member of the Executive Committee, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California.
Mr. Chung was formerly associated with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan, LLP (now Holland & Knight LLP), Robinson Diamant & Brill, APC and Frandzel & Share, LLP. Mr. Chung also serves as the outside General Counsel of T3 Micro, Inc., Doosan America Corp., MaxForma, Inc. a U.S. Subsidiary of Hanwha and Enviroflex, Inc.
Mr. Chung’s reputation as a relentless, practical and winning trial lawyer has won him many accolades from his peers and clients. Mr. Chung specializes in complex, multi-party, high stakes business disputes and commercial litigation, with an emphasis in financial litigation, planning and execution of complex collection strategies, and judgment actions on behalf of banks and other financial institutions. Based on his professional achievements, he was selected by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association as one of its Best Lawyers under 40 for 2005.
Mr. Chung has represented clients on complex litigation matters involving security interest disputes under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), priority of lien litigation, judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions, and other claims against debtors and guarantors, as well as partnership disputes and commercial suits involving receiverships, attachments, and other complex and pre-judgment remedies. Mr. Chung has also represented clients on disputes arising out of sales of goods, leases, letters of credit and international transactions, real and personal property foreclosures, debt restructuring, and work-outs.
Mr. Chung has advised Fortune 500 entities, mid-market companies, and foreign national diplomatic agencies in over one hundred litigation matters. Mr. Chung has lead numerous trials, arbitrations, and mediations wherein he has obtained successful settlements and verdicts, including multi-million dollar jury verdicts. His current clients include leading community banks, investment banks and other financial institutions, as well as individual and corporate clients engaged in commercial finance, real estate, construction, and manufacturing business. His past and current clients include, by way of example only: Pacific Union Bank, Hanmi Bank, Center Bank, Wilshire State Bank, Newegg.com, T3 Micro, Inc., RK Media Group, Inc., Korea Radio USA, Inc., TV Korea USA, Inc., Doosan Corp., Doosan America, Corp., Maxforma LLC a dvision on Hanwha Corp., Takaneka Partners, Prime Business Credit, Inc., Imperial Bank, Impac Funding, Fidelity Mortgage, Wendover, Enviroflex Inc., The Republic of Korea, E.L. Yeager, Penhall Construction, and McKesson HBOC, among others.
Loyola Law School, J.D. (Los Angeles, California) (1995)
University of California at Irvine, B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Political Science
Mr. Chung is a current Board Member of the Executive Committee for the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California.
Mr. Chung is the immediate past U.S. Regional Governor and current Board Member of the International Association of Korean Lawyers (“IAKL”) and the 2005-2006 California regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”). He has served as the President of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (“KABA”) for the 2002-2003 term, and is currently a member of its Advisory Board of Governors.
Mr. Chung is the current President of the Pacific Business Resources Group, a business organization.
Mr. Chung is the current Vice Chair and Nomination Chair for the Asian Business Association.
Mr. Chung has served as a mediator at the APADRC, where he participated in community organizing and mediations between the African American community and the Korean American community during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Published Works and Presentations
Mr. Chung speaks frequently before trade groups and professional associations on topics related to intellectual property and business regulation, including the following:
“International Trade Laws and Organizations” (Panel Moderator, 2004 IAKL Conference, San Francisco, California)
“Recent Developments in Key Money Legislation” (Panel Organizer, 2002, Korean Apparel Manufacturer’s Association [KAMA])
“Emerging Ethical Issues In Technology” (Speaker, 2000 IAKL Conference, Seoul, Korea)
“How to choose a lawyer” (Koream Journal, July 2004)
Mediation Training — AADAP (1992)