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Elin Park

President

Elin Park is a litigation partner at Jenner & Block LLPShe has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation, consumer litigation, class action, and financial services litigation. Elin frequently handles matters arising out of business disputes. She also handles investigations for a broad range of industries.

Elin has secured victories for her clients in federal and state courts across the country. Elin has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Rising Star in the legal field. In addition, she has been recognized for her successful representations of pro bono clients with awards from the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.

Elin is the President of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, and a Vice President of the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago. In addition, Elin is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Elin completed a fellowship at the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, where she advocated for the interests of Chicago businesses by negotiating contracts and advising on regulatory issues. Elin earned a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BS in economics from Duke University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Jean Liu

First Vice President


Jean Liu is the Vice President, Legal of CompTIA, Inc. Prior to CompTIA, she worked as an attorney for a national law firm representing domestic and London-based insurance carriers with respect to sophisticated insurance coverage matters. She also has extensive litigation experience with a wide range of matters including those arising from commercial disputes, medical and legal malpractice, other professional liability, employment law, and privacy law. Jean attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received degrees in cognitive science and anthropology, and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where she received her law degree and served on the executive boards of the Annals of Health Law, Loyola Consumer Law Review, and APALSA. Jean is the Immediate Past President of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.

Sang Yup Lee

Second Vice President

Sang Yup Lee is the Director of Development for The Chicago Bar Foundation. In this role, Sang leads the CBF’s fundraising efforts and oversees all aspects of the CBF’s individual and corporate giving programs.

Prior to joining the CBF, Sang was the Development Manager at the Public Interest Law Initiative. Prior to his career in development, Sang was an attorney for the Progressive Law Group LLC, where he worked on class action litigation and consumer rights cases. Besides his community work through AABA, Sang serves on the Development Committee of the Management Information Exchange for Legal Aid and on the Program Committee of the National Conference of Bar Foundations. He earned both his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Jane Funk

Secretary

Jane is a former practicing litigation attorney. For the past 12 years, Jane has successfully worked with corporate in-house legal departments and law firm to design and implement legally defensible and cost-effective processes for collection, processing, managed review review, and production of electronically stored information (ESI) utilizing AI technology. Additionally, Jane assists her clients with non-litigious legal data initiatives, including: Due Diligence, Data Privacy, Cyber Security, Government and Internal Investigations, Bankruptcy, and Contracts Review.

At Consilio, Jane is responsible for managing relationships with a portfolio of strategic accounts spanning numerous highly regulated industries. In addition, she is responsible for driving the use of value- based business
development strategies specific to the Pharmaceutical vertical. Jane draws upon her litigation experience and her years of industry experience put her clients’ needs first.

Rey Tanig

Treasurer

Rey is a partner in the boutique trust and estates firm of Harrison & Held, LLP. He has practiced primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust and estate litigation and estate taxation for over 25 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his law degree from DePaul University College of Law. He participates as an attorney advisor for the American Cancer Society’s planned giving and the Lurie Children’s Hospital’s planned giving. Rey is also on the board of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago. In his free time, Rey enjoys long distance road trips with his wife, Michella, and their three children, Izzy, Jack and Annie.


Kristy Gonowon

Immediate Past President

Kristy is in-house counsel at Allstate Insurance Company in the Dispute Resolution Services division. Her current practice is two-fold: managing litigation involving extra-contractual liability, excess verdict, and coverage issues, and providing advice and counsel as the sole legal contact for Allstate’s employee benefits health and welfare plans. Kristy is the division’s subject matter expert on the topics of diminished value claims by leasing companies and Medicare issues. She also serves as chair for the People, Communication, and Change Management team for Allstate’s Law & Regulation alternative fee arrangement committee, is a member of the PLF diversity scorecard committee, and is the coordinator for the Law & Regulation NAPABA budget.

Kristy currently serves as a NAPABA At-Large Board Member and will be installed as President of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association this November.

When not grounded by COVID-19, Kristy enjoys traveling nationwide to cover NBA games, particularly the NBA Finals and NBA All-Star Weekend, and going on international cruises.


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