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Jack Chan, Esq., President

Jack Chan is litigator and transactional attorney with nearly twenty years of experience.  Jack graduated from New York University with a dual degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies.  After graduating from NYU, Jack attended Boston University School of Law where he was a member of the Public Interest Law Journal. Jack then served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas N. Lyons in the New Jersey Superior Court, Civil Division, in Union County, New Jersey.

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, coverage disputes representing major insurance carriers, FINRA securities arbitrations, and multi-million dollar products liability class actions.

Jack then joined the complex casualty coverage unit at AIG, specializing in high-value insurance coverage matters ranging from construction defect cases to mass torts to defamation claims.  Now as the founding member of the Law Office of Jack Chan LLC, Jack specializes in residential and commercial real estate transactions, general litigation, foreclosures and collections law. 

Jack was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a Democratic County Committee Member in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.  Jack is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, the State of New York, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Jack currently resides in Englewood Cliffs with his wife Jenny, an anesthesiologist, and their daughters Kayla and Hailey.

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Andrew Sarrol, Esq., President-elect

Andrew Sarrol is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. As a member of the Department of Law & Public Safety’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), he focuses on the investigation and resolution of employment discrimination complaints. He also conducts EEO training for Department employees and defends appeals before the Civil Service Commission.
Prior to joining the Office of EEO, Mr. Sarrol was a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Law. In that role, he litigated civil actions on behalf of various law enforcement agencies, including the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Corrections, the State Parole Board, and the Juvenile Justice Commission. Mr. Sarrol has practiced in the Office of Administrative Law, State Superior Court, the State Appellate Division, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.   
Mr. Sarrol graduated summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in English. After college, he obtained his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where he served as an editor of the Circuit Review and a member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board. After law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Lisa F. Chrystal in the Union Vicinage.
Mr. Sarrol is an active member of the legal community, serving as a member of the Attorney General’s Diversity Council and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.

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Amit Parikh, Esq., VP of Membership

Amit Parikh is a registered patent attorney, his practice focuses on patent procurement,
patent litigation, client counseling, and post-grant patent challenges. Amit has experience in
a wide range of technologies covering mechanical, electrical, computer and software fields,
including a focus on computer vision, 3D modeling, artificial intelligence, blockchain,
machine learning, and computer security.

Amit actively represents a number of clients before the United States Patent and Trademark
Office to procure patent rights covering their inventions. In particular, he meets with
inventors and drafts the entire patent application, including the specification, drawings, and
claims. During prosecution of a patent application, Amit frequently analyzes and responds to
Office Actions, conducts interviews with Examiners, and analyzes the file history to ensure it
complies with all United States Patent and Trademark Office rules and regulations. Due to
his extensive experience with software related inventions, Amit regularly advocates for his
clients' rights in view of the Supreme Court's decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. He also
prosecutes foreign patent applications, including European, PCT, and national stage
applications.

Amit handles Inter Partes review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf
of both Petitioners and Patent Owners. During these proceedings, he manages the case
from start to finish by analyzing prior art, preparing petitions or patent owner responses,
drafting expert declarations, drafting motions, handling evidentiary issues, and preparing for
trial. Amit likewise provides a vital role in district court litigation and at the Federal Circuit
where he counsels and drafts submissions in many phases, including appeal briefs, claim
charts relating to validity and infringement issues, expert reports, summary judgment,
motions in limine, and claim construction.

Amit regularly conducts patentability and freedom-to-operate searches, and prepares
opinions based on his findings. In particular, he advises clients on potential infringement and
validity issues and works with clients to develop variations on design strategies to maximize
customer satisfaction while respecting the IP rights of others.

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Jenny Chung, VP of Communications

Jenny Chung is an associate in the Products Liability Group and White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Group of Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.  Jenny received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where she served as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.  She graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a B.A. in English and Philosophy.  Following law school, Jenny served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Hammer, U.S.M.J., District of New Jersey.

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Jonathan Amar, Esq., Treasurer

Jon Amar is an associate in Goldberg Segalla’s Princeton office. He has significant experience defending long-term care and post-acute facilities in professional and general liability matters in state, federal, and alternative dispute resolution forums. Jon also provides strategic day-to-day business and regulatory advice to health care clients to help foster risk management solutions to help avoid or mitigate future claims.

In addition, Jon’s practice includes counseling employers on employment law matters and defending employers in employment litigation brought in federal and state courts. He also represents employers before federal and state departments of labor and human rights agencies, and defends corporations in commercial litigation matters, including shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, and creditors’ rights suits.

Before entering private practice, Jon served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney's Office, where he served as lead counsel on six trials, prosecuted more than 300 cases from initial complaint to verdict or settlement, and conducted numerous grand jury investigations.

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Ashwath Trasi, Secretary

Ashwath is currently a Legal Specialist employed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families (DCF). In this role Ashwath serves as in-house counsel to DCF in employment matters, presiding over Departmental Discipline and Grievance Hearings, responding to charges of discrimination filed in the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and New Jersey’s Division of Civil Rights (DCR), acting as a liaison to New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General and other counsel representing DCF in employment litigation matters, and providing advice and counsel to DCF’s Offices of Human Resources, Employee Relations, and Equal Employment/Affirmative Action on legal and legislative matters.

Ashwath began his career in the public sector in 2013, when he began working for the Office of Attorney General’s Division of Law as a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) in the Employment Litigation section. During this time, Ashwath practiced in the District Court of New Jersey, the Superior Court of New Jersey, and New Jersey’s Appellate Division. Ashwath is committed to serving the State of New Jersey and its citizens.

Ashwath grew up in Metuchen, NJ graduating from Metuchen High School in 2001. He then went on to graduate from Haverford College with a B.A., majoring in History and minoring in Economics. He received his J.D. from the Pace University School of Law in 2009. After law school, Ashwath was a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas J. Stroumstos, J.S.C. in the Middlesex County Vicinage. Thereafter he worked as an associate at the law firm of Hoagland, Longo, Moran Dunst & Doukas, focusing his practice on Environmental and Toxic Tort matters.
Ashwath has been an active member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyer’s Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) for the past year, attending numerous events and designing and distributing APALA-NJ’s weekly announcements Newsletter.

Ashwath currently lives in Mercer County, NJ. He enjoys going to concerns, movies, sporting events, hiking and relaxing at the beach.

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Arupa Barua, Director

As the Motor Vehicle Commission’s (“MVC”) Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Officer and Title VI Coordinator, Arupa Barua heads the EEO & Title VI Office to ensure that the MVC is in compliance with all applicable State and Federal anti-discrimination laws, which include, but are not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In furthering this goal, the EEO Office investigates and makes findings on claims of discrimination filed by applicants, including current and former employees, and members of the public. Ms. Barua also works to ensure that current and prospective employees are treated fairly in the hiring, interview and selection process. Ms. Barua has successfully implemented a number of procedures and policies at the MVC that have assisted in eliminating barriers to services for members of public. Ms. Barua works tirelessly to ensure that diversity and a culture of inclusiveness is fostered at the MVC.   
Prior to joining the MVC, Ms. Barua worked as a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for the State of New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General. As a DAG, she was assigned to the Employment Counseling and Labor section, where she worked to represent and advise State agencies on employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination claims filed by State employees with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights (DCR).
Ms. Barua is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She was born in Bangladesh and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was six years old. Ms. Barua was raised in Detroit, Michigan and is the first in her immediate family to pursue a postsecondary education. She received her B.A.  from Michigan State University’s James Madison College of Public Affairs, majoring in International Relations and with a minor in International Development, Muslim Studies, and Asian Studies. Ms. Barua received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden.

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Maria Vallejo, Director

Maria P. Vallejo is a civil litigation attorney with extensive experience representing clients in
commercial, government-entity defense, personal injury and appellate matters. In addition, her
practice includes employment, contract, estate, probate and municipal law. Since 2009, Maria has
effectively represented the State of New Jersey and County of Hudson in thousands of bail forfeiture
matters, including several successful appeals.
For the past four years, New Jersey Monthly Magazine has named Maria to its list of Rising Stars® in
the field of General Litigation. No more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the State are named to
Rising Stars®. In August 2013, the New Jersey Law Journal named Maria to its “New Leader of the
Bar” list, recognizing her as one of the State’s 40 accomplished lawyers under the age of 40. Formerly
known as “40 Under 40”, the list identifies a select group of distinguished young attorneys selected for
their outstanding career achievements, and for their contribution to the legal community through their
leadership in bar and other activities.
In addition to her role at the firm, Maria serves as the Vice Chair of the District VI Ethics Committee
by New Jersey Supreme Court appointment. The Committee assists in the investigation of allegations
of unethical attorney conduct. She also is the Membership Secretary of the Hudson County Bar
Association, slating her to become the first Filipina-American president of the Association.
Maria volunteers her time as part of the Hudson County Bar Foundation’s scholarship committee,
which interviews and awards worthy law students scholarships. She also demonstrates strong
committment to diversity and is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Diversity
Committee and Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey.
In 2015, the Governor appointed Maria to the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy, where she
remains an active board member. The Board regulates the professional conduct of persons licensed as
having special competence in accounting.
Maria joined Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, in 2008, after completing a judicial clerkship
with the Honorable Peter F. Bariso Jr., A.J.S.C., Hudson County Vicinage. Prior to practicing law, Maria
had a successful career working as a journalist for nearly 10 years. For the last 7 years of her
journalism career, she worked for Dow Jones & Co.®, where she was an editor and financial news
writer. Her articles have appeared in Dow Jones Newswires ® and the Wall Street Journal ®.

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Janice Arellano, Director

Janice V. Arellano is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. based in Bridgewater, NJ. She concentrates her practice in the areas of labor & employment, education, public entity law, and tort claim defense. She is currently co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, Minority Trial Lawyer Committee. Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Janice worked as an associate at a highly regarded New Jersey-based insurance defense firm. Janice also served as law clerk for the Honorable Kevin M. Shanahan in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division-Family Part, in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.
While Janice earned her law degree, she was a Law and Public Policy Scholar and obtained a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation. Janice’s law and policy article, “Don’t Leave United States Behind: Problems with the Existing Family and Medical Leave Act, and Alternatives to Enhance the Employee Work-Family Relationship in the 21st Century” was published in the Journal of Workplace Rights, SAGE Open, April-June 1-13 (2015). She also completed judicial internships with the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro and the Honorable M. Faith Angell of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was a summer law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission-Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, D.C. She also represented indigent clients through the Temple Legal Aid Family Litigation clinical program and supported lobbying efforts as a Frankel Legislative Fellow for the ACLU of PA. Arellano was a Judge William M. Marutani Fellow and 2011 Hispanic Bar Association of PA Scholarship Recipient.
Before law school, Janice was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division and the National Education Association. Additionally, she worked in public education as a teacher for three years under the auspices of Teach for America in West Philadelphia. On her spare time, Janice trains in aerial arts (silks, rope and static trapeze) at circus schools throughout the tri-state area.

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Florelee Wan, Director

Florelee Wan is an attorney with Wong Fleming in its Princeton, NJ office. She 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 five years, was Co-Chair of the 2012 NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference Committee, and Co-Chair of APALA-NJ’s 4th Annual Golf Outing.  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 attorney-mentor with the New Jersey Law Education Empowerment Program.

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Kenneth Louis, Director

Kenneth C. Louis is an associate at the law firm of Paris Ackerman LLP, where he focuses on commercial real estate transactions along with mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

Kenny draws on his comprehensive experience with real estate transactions to counsel clients on a broad spectrum of matters, including commercial space and ground leasing, lease enforcement, acquisitions, dispositions, and financing. Representative clients include developers, real estate investors, and multi-unit franchisees.

Additionally, Kenny advises clients on a variety of business-related transactions, including the formation of business entities, the preparation of partnership and joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border transactions.

Kenny earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. During law school, he served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Harriet F. Klein, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Kenny earned his undergraduate degree at California State University, East Bay.

Prior to joining Paris Ackerman, Kenny worked in the real estate practice group in Bryan Cave LLP’s Manhattan office. Before that, Kenny worked in the real estate and corporate practice groups at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.