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Jack Chan, Esq.

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William Lim, Esq.

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Eric G. Fikry, Esq., President

Eric G. Fikry is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Blank Rome LLP.  He represents clients in a wide variety of business disputes and employment litigation matters.  He also has extensive experience representing companies in the casino gaming industry in connection with licensing and regulatory issues, as well as in litigation.  Mr. Fikry represents several companies issued transactional waivers in New Jersey, authorizing them to be among the first to offer legal, online casino gaming within the United States.

In 2014, Mr. Fikry received APALA-NJ’s Professional Achievement Award.  In 2012, Mr. Fikry was one of 35 Pennsylvania attorneys selected as The Legal Intelligencer’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track.”  In 2011, Mr. Fikry was recognized by the Rutgers-Camden Asian Pacific American Law Students Association for his efforts in promoting diversity and supporting the Asian American legal community.  Mr. Fikry was chosen as one of New Jersey Law Journal’s“40 Under 40” in 2010.  He has achieved the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Fikry holds leadership roles in several bar associations.  He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Board of Trustees, and a past chair of the NJSBA’s Casino Law Section.  He is the First Vice-President of the Camden County Bar Association (CCBA), the second largest county bar association in New Jersey, and is on track to serve as President of the CCBA in the 2017-18 bar year.  He is also the current Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Gaming Law Committee.  Mr. Fikry is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Fikry is also actively involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives for various organizations. He is a member of Blank Rome’s Diversity Committee and was selected by the Firm to be a member of the 2013 class of fellows for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.  He is a former co-chair of the NJSBA’s Diversity Committee and the chair of the Camden County Bar Foundation’s President’s Commission on Diversity.

Mr. Fikry is a graduate of New York University and the Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, and is admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Christine Kim Neeman, Esq., President-Elect

Christine Kim Neeman is a Deputy Attorney General employed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety since 2011. She has a strong interest in the public sector and serving the State of New Jersey and its citizens. She has practiced in the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court, State Appellate Court, State Trial Court, and the Office of Administrative Law.

Ms. Neeman graduated from American University in 2004 with B.S.B.A majoring in International Finance. She received her J.D. from Widener Law School in Wilmington, D.E. in 2008. After law school, Ms. Neeman was a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald J. Council, P.J.Cr. in Mercer Vicinage. Thereafter, she was an associate at Kent McBride, P.C., focusing on insurance defense litigation. Ms. Neeman has been an active member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey since 2010. Recently, she was a member of APALA-NJ’s golf committee. In addition, in honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, she presented a “Reenactment of the Minori Yasui Trial” for the Administrative Office of the Courts along with the Honorable David F. Bauman, P.J.Civ. in Monmouth Vicinage. She is also heavily involved in the New Jersey State Bar Association as a co-chair of the Diversity Committee, and she is on the Executive Board of the Young Lawyers Division.

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Jack Chan, Esq., Vice President of Membership

Jack Chan has nearly fifteen years of experience as a New Jersey and New York litigator and transactional attorney.  Jack began his legal career as the clerk for the Honorable Thomas N. Lyons in the New Jersey Superior Court.  Thereafter, he joined Robertson, Freilich, Bruno & Cohen, a Newark litigation boutique where he worked on matters including Lanham Act unfair competition claims, environmental insurance coverage cases, employment discrimination and other complex commercial disputes.  He then joined Saiber LLC, where he continued his litigation practice working on intellectual property cases, representing major insurance carriers and defending products liability class actions. 

Most recently, before launching his own law firm, Jack worked in the complex casualty coverage unit at AIG, specializing in high-value insurance coverage matters.

Now as a solo practitioner, Jack specializes in residential and commercial real estate transactions, trusts and estates, general litigation, and collections.  Jack is on the Board of Directors for the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce and is the current co-chair for the Solo/Small Firm Committee of APALA-NJ.  He is a graduate of New York University and Boston University School of Law.

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William Lim, Esq., Vice President of Communications

William Lim is dedicated to the practice of healthcare law. With experience in both the public and private sectors, Mr. Lim counsels healthcare professionals in navigating the complexities of modern medicine. Mr. Lim has been both a negotiator on the deal, and a trial lawyer in the courtroom. As an advocate, Mr. Lim takes a holistic problem-solving approach to the law, by helping clients reach lasting solutions for the long term.

Mr. Lim graduated from Hunter College, City University of New York, with a bachelor's degree in political science, and earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. At Fordham, Mr. Lim served as a staff member on the Journal of Corporate & Financial Law, and as an advocate in the Community Economic Development law clinic. Mr. Lim also served as an intern to the Hon. Denny Chin, prior to Judge Chin's elevation from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Upon graduation from Fordham, Mr. Lim was awarded an Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award and a Dean's Centennial Fellowship. As a Dean's Fellow, Mr. Lim served on the staff of Fordham's John D. Feerick Center for Social Justice, where he helped develop solutions to benefit survivors of domestic violence and to reform consumer debt litigation in the New York City Civil Courts.

From the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Lim has been a healthcare lawyer. Mr. Lim served for five years as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, where his primary duties were to investigate and prosecute disciplinary and licensing cases for the State Board of Medical Examiners. In this role, Mr. Lim was instrumental not only in proving fraud and professional misconduct committed by physicians and other healthcare practitioners, but also in counseling the professional boards in their evaluation of patient complaints and negotiation of settlements. Therefore, Mr. Lim has a deep understanding of healthcare regulation, and the most successful strategies for achieving equitable results.

Following his stint in public service, Mr. Lim entered private practice with a boutique healthcare law firm in Northern New Jersey, where he represented physicians, pharmacies, and healthcare investors in Medicare and insurance audits as well as in commercial litigation and arbitration. In keeping with his problem-solving approach, Mr. Lim worked closely with his transactional colleagues to draft contracts and structure deals in ways that would best minimize the risk of future litigation. Additionally, Mr. Lim assisted clients in developing and implementing best practices for legal compliance, in order to both secure licensing approvals and avoid payment audit recoupments.

Mr. Lim is not only committed to his clients, but also to his community. During law school, Mr. Lim served as president of Fordham's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and received that group's Hon. Denny Chin Alumni Award for Excellence in the Legal Profession in 2011. Mr. Lim is a past president of the Alumni Association of Hunter College, and has served on the association's Board of Directors since 2008. Mr. Lim is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Lim is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, the state courts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Rebecca Valencia, Esq., Treasurer

Rebecca Valencia is an associate at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (formerly Wolff & Samson) where she focuses her practice in estate planning and estate administration for the firm’s Trust and Estates and Tax groups.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Valencia was a tax attorney in Ernst & Young’s Media and Entertainment federal tax group in New York City.  At Ernst & Young she experienced a broad range of tax matters, primarily working on tax compliance and tax provisions for Fortune 500 companies.  Ms. Valencia graduated from Fairfield University with a B.S. in Accounting and Information Systems.  After college, she obtained her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark where she served as Treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.  During law school, Ms. Valencia was also Managing Notes and Comments Editor for the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal and was a student attorney in the Federal Tax Clinic.  In 2014, Ms. Valencia received her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.  In 2015 she was granted her Certified Public Accountant license from the State of New York.

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Alison A. Chen, Esq., Secretary

Ms. Chen is an associate at Archer & Greiner, P.C. and concentrates her practice in the area of commercial and complex civil litigation. She represents a wide range of clients, including individuals, companies and governmental entities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ms. Chen’s experience includes litigating matters involving a wide range of legal issues, including contract disputes, business torts, products liability, and environmental and personal injury claims. She is a member of Archer & Greiner’s Discovery Practice Group, Trade Secret Protection and Noncompete Group, as well as the firm’s affinity group, L.E.A.D. ("Lawyers Encouraging Archer's Diversity").

Ms. Chen obtained her J.D. from Temple Law, where she was a member of Temple Law Review and Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. During law school, she interned at the City of Philadelphia Law Department and the Temple Legal Aid Office. Ms. Chen was previously a summer associate at Archer & Greiner in 2013, and received the Archer & Greiner, City of Philadelphia Diversity Scholarship.

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Arupa Barua, Esq., Director

Arupa Barua is a Deputy Attorney General for State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety, assigned to the Employment Counseling and Labor section. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Ms. Barua was born in Bangladesh and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was six years old. She received her B.A. in 2007 from Michigan State University’s James Madison College of Public Affairs, majoring in International Relations and minoring in International Development, Muslim Studies, and Asian Studies. In 2011, Ms. Barua Received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden. During law school, she was heavily involved in a number of public interest organizations, including serving as Community Outreach Officer for the Asian Pacific-American Law Students. Ms. Barua was awarded the Class of 1995 Excellence Award in recognition of her contributions to the law school community. After law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald J. Council, P.J.Cr. in Mercer Vicinage. In addition to her involvement with the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, Ms. Barua also currently serves as the Young Lawyer Co-Chair for the Garden State Bar Association.

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Theodore K. Cheng, Esq., Director

Theo Cheng is a partner at Fox Horan & Camerini LLP where he practices in general commercial litigation, intellectual property, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  He heads the firm’s Trademarks and Unfair Competition Practice.  With nearly 20 years of experience handling a broad array of business disputes in federal and state courts, he counsels high net-worth individuals and small to middle-market business entities in industries as varied as high-tech, telecommunications, entertainment, consumer products, fashion, food and hospitality, retail, and financial services.  Mr. Cheng typically formulates and advises clients and their in-house counsel on litigation and dispute resolution strategy, often striving to suggest innovative and creative ways to resolve conflicts.  In addition to achieving favorable outcomes through motion practice and trials in both federal and state courts, he has successfully resolved numerous matters through facilitated negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations, including commercial and business disputes, breach of contract and negligence actions, trade secret theft, employment discrimination claims, wage-and-hour disputes, and intellectual property infringement.  Mr. Cheng is an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Resolute Systems, and serves on the rosters of various federal and state courts.  As a neutral, he has conducted over 250 arbitrations, mediations, and inquests.  He received a 2013 AAA A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Fellowship and serves on the Boards of the AAA and the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for ADR.  In 2007, he was named one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  He is licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Cheng received his A.B. cum laude in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Moot Court Board.  Before joining the firm, he was a senior litigator at several prominent national law firms.  He was also a marketing consultant in the brokerage operations of MetLife Insurance Company, where he was designated a Chartered life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, as well as a Series 7 General Securities Representative.  Mr. Cheng served as a law clerk to the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Cheng is a member of several professional associations, for which he serves on various litigation, intellectual property, and ADR sections and committees.  He also serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Arbitration Advisory Committee and the Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution, as well as the S.D.N.Y.’s Mediator Advisory Committee.  Mr. Cheng is also a Trustee and the Secretary of Storytelling Arts, Inc., a New Jersey non-profit organization whose unique mission is to preserve, promote, and impart the living art of storytelling to develop literacy, strengthen communities, and nurture the human spirit.  Mr. Cheng resides in Mercer County with his wife, Michelle, and two young daughters.

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Ehsan F. Chowdhry, Esq., Director

Ehsan F. Chowdhry, ESQ., currently serves as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.  He has over ten (10) years experience as a licensed attorney in New Jersey.  He is also licensed in Pennsylvania.  He has court admissions for the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

He attended Rutgers College of Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and graduated from Monmouth University, earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law while attaining Dean's List, serving as a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and as the President of the Minority Law Students Association (MLSA).  He also was the recipient of the Most Promising Civil Litigator Award, The Center for Forensic Economic Studies Excellence in Litigation Award and a semi-finalist in the Hugh B. Pearce Trial Advocacy Competition.  Thereafter, he earned his LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.    

After graduating from law school, he commenced a state judicial clerkship with the Honorable Vincent J. Grasso, J.S.C. / P.J.Ch. / A.J.S.C. (retired) in the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Criminal Part.  Thereafter, he became sworn in as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in the Litigation Section of the Grand Jury Unit.  From there he transferred to his present office where he currently heads the Megan’s Law Unit.   He has also served in the Juvenile Investigations Unit, the Grand Jury Unit and the Trial Team. He has been fortunate to have done multiple trials, both bench and jury, with an overwhelming success rate. He was temporarily sworn in as a Special Deputy Attorney General and has completed class forty-eight (48) at the Top Gun School Investigating and Prosecuting Gang, Gun and Drug cases. 

As a result of his trial success and experience, Ehsan has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.  Moreover, he is only 1 of 5 attorneys in the entire state of New Jersey who is nationally certified by the American Bar Association’s National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA NBTA) in Criminal Trial Advocacy and is the only prosecutor on that list.  He has also been designated by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) as a “Master Advocate” and "Advocate."  Ehsan has multiple awards and honors conferred upon him, including winning the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for 2015 from NJSBA in conjunction with a diversity bar and the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, becoming the first government attorney to win the Ten Leaders of Government Prosecutors Award and has been accepted for inclusion in the Global Directory of Who’s Who Top Lawyer for 2015. 

He is active in his legal community and law enforcement community.  He has been awarded another two year term to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Criminal Practice Committee (NJCPC). He is New Jersey Muslim Lawyer's Association (NJMLA) First Vice President, serves as a Secretary for the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ) and a member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association for New Jersey (APALA NJ).  Ehsan is also a member of the Ocean County Bar Association (OCBA) serving on the Criminal Practice and Mock Trial Committee, along with membership in the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), American Bar Association's (ABA) Criminal Justice Section, the Haydn Inn of Court and more recently the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) where he is pending becoming a mentor to newer attorneys.  He is the county liaison to the state for Fingerprinting and DNA, is an instructor at the Ocean County Police Academy and is a co liaison for the New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force.  Prior, Ehsan served as an adjunct faculty member for Widener University School of Law's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), a mock judge for Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law's LL.M. program and served as a mock judge for the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) and the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition.  He also does CLE lectures for Esquire LLC in trial advocacy, a topic that is one of his passions. 

A New Yorker by birth, he has been a resident of the Garden State for 33 years.  In his free time, he loves playing basketball, chess, poker, pool and tennis and loves stand up comedy.  Ehsan is well traveled and multilingual. He is married to his wife, an attorney with the law firm of Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland and they have two children together.

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Richard J. Ramones, Esq., Director

Richard J. Ramones is an associate in Archer & Greiner’s Environmental Law group and Petroleum Industry Practices group.  He joined the firm in 2012 and is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Rich has experience in all areas of toxic tort and environmental law, and has been involved in all phases of discovery in complex multiparty litigation.  He concentrates his practice in defending complex environmental matters, for example claims involving diminution in value to property, economic and non-economic damages, cleanup and response costs, natural resource damages and physical and psychological injuries. Rich also has experience in advising clients on regulatory compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations, including negotiating access agreements.  In addition to counseling clients in environmental matters, Rich also represents clients in actions involving a wide variety of other substantive topics, including: commercial contracts, products liability and insurance coverage.  Rich also has experience handling various negligence, tort and catastrophic personal injury matters in federal and state court.  His practice covers all aspects of litigation from pre-trial discovery through trial.  Prior to joining the firm, Rich was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Wells, J.S.C., Civil Division.  He also clerked for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the legal department of a major mutual fund company.  Before attending law school, Rich taught reading comprehension and verbal communication for children with learning disabilities.

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Florelee Wan, Esq., Director

Florelee Wan is an Associate with Wong Fleming in its Princeton, New Jersey office. Ms. Wan handles complex commercial litigation matters, representing Fortune 500 companies.  Ms. Wan received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and concentrates her practice in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, products liability, and creditors’ rights.  Ms. Wan is Past President of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), 2013-2014 term.  She served on the APALA-NJ Executive Board for three years, was Co-Chair of the 2012 NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference Committee, Co-Chair of APALA-NJ’s 4th Annual Golf Outing, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.  Ms. Wan was selected by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association to participate in the inaugural Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy in 2013.

Ms. Wan graduated from Cornell University in 1998 with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2002. She served as a judicial intern to The Honorable David G. Trager of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 2001. Prior to joining Wong Fleming, Ms. Wan practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, and premises liability with a firm in Paramus, New Jersey and practiced products liability defense for a firm in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Ms. Wan is active in the greater community, having served as Deacon at her church, as an attorney-volunteer for Citizenship Rutgers, and is also an attorney-mentor with the New Jersey Law Education Empowerment Program, which empowers youth from underserved neighborhoods to greater educational achievement.