Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

MNAPABA Executive Board Meetings - All Are Welcome!

  • The board typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. See the event list for information about the next board meeting. If you would like to view a copy of the minutes from a given meeting, please contact our Secretary.

Executive Board

Sukanya Momsen
President


Sukanya Momsen is Associate Corporate Counsel at Best Buy. She currently works closely with Geek Squad Services on advertising compliance and third-party contract negotiation. Sukanya has also worked as an employment lawyer at Nilan Johnson Lewis, and as a judicial law clerk on the Minnesota Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman. Outside of work, Sukanya enjoys hiking and keeping up with her Japanese. Sukanya graduated Order of the Coif, magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Mayura Noordyke
President Elect

Mayura is an intellectual property attorney at Cozen O'Connor. Mayura focuses her practice on trademark law and branding, including trademark clearance, investigation, prosecution, and licensing. Mayura also has experience with issues related to social media, cybersquatting, internet domain name disputes and proceedings, copyright matters, and advertising and promotions, including contests and sweepstakes. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2015.

Vincent L. Pham
Immediate Past President


Vince is a patent attorney who is Intellectual Property Counsel at 3M and previously practiced at Mueting Raasch Group and Faegre Drinker. Prior to law school, Vince worked at Deloitte Consulting and as a manufacturer's representative. Vince graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and in the top 10% of his class from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.

Linhda Nguyen 
Secretary


Linhda is an intellectual property attorney at UnitedHealth Group, where she counsels on all areas of IP and helps manage the enterprise IP portfolio.  Linhda previously worked as a patent litigation and trademark prosecution associate at Merchant & Gould, P.C.  She is a transplant from California, where she attended UCLA for her undergraduate degree. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.  In her spare time, Linhda enjoys pushing herself mentally and physically with mountain/alpine sports.

Grace Kim
Treasurer


Grace is a patent attorney at Fish & Richardson. Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Prior to law, Grace was a research & development engineering manager with Boston Scientific.

Stephanie Chen

VP of Communications


Stephanie is an associate attorney at Robins Kaplan LLP, where she practices in business, health care, and antitrust litigation. She also maintains an active pro bono practice representing entrepreneurs, artists, and youths in foster care. Stephanie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as co-President of the school’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. 


Christopher Jison 
VP of Membership


Chris is a Legal EEO Consultant with Wells Fargo and represents the bank in state and federal discrimination and wage and hour charges. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a minor in economics. He earned his law degree from the University of St. Thomas where he was also involved with MNAPABA throughout all three years of law school. Prior to law school, Chris was a compliance analyst with expertise in TSA air freight compliance, cargo security best practices, and interstate trucking compliance.

Nicole Dailo
VP of Outreach


Nicole is Corporate Counsel at Life Time, where she advises business leaders and human resources partners on labor and employment issues. Nicole previously worked as an employment associate at Nilan Johnson Lewis and as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Julia W. Brand in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. In the Twin Cities legal community, Nicole has served as a pro bono asylum attorney with the Advocates for Human Rights and a mentor for the University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2011 and earned her J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law in 2014.

Victoria Dutcher

VP of Programming

   

Victoria Dutcher is Investment Counsel at Securian Asset Management, where she provides legal advice and counsel on commercial mortgage loans and loan servicing. Previously, Victoria was a real estate and land use attorney at Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren. Victoria graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and magna cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Victoria served as an AmeriCorps member with a Twin Cities based nonprofit organization. She also lived and taught in Gwangju, South Korea and Chiang Mai, Thailand for two years.  

MNAPABA PAST PRESIDENTS


Vincent L. Pham, 2019-2020

Alex Dyste-Demet, 2018-2019

Melitta Drechsler, 2017-2018

Ben Kwan, 2016-2017

Greg Schwartz, 2015-2016

Irene Kao, 2014-2015

Veena Iyer, 2013-2014

Inchan Hwang, 2012-2013

Bryan Wong, 2011-2012

Rebecca Chaffee, 2010-2011

Judge Nicole J. Starr (formerly Kubista), 2009-2010

Alexander Kim, 2008-2009

Sumbal Mahmud, 2007 (Oct.-Dec.)

Steven Reeves, 2006-2007

Ngoc Nguyen, 2005-2006

Judge Susan Burke, 2004-2005

Dan Lew, 2003-2004

Ash Mishra, 2002-2003

Ruby Dasgupta, 2001-2002

Tami Schroeder, 2000-2001

Sach Darji, 1999-2000

Linda Chung, 1998-1999

Melissa Wright, 1997-1998

Judge Regina Chu, 1996-1997

Jeff Eng, 1995-1996

Terry Louie, 1994-1995

Jeff Eng, 1993-1994

Jennifer Park, 1992-1993

Marianne Remedios, 1991-1992

Terry Louie, 1990-1991

 

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