PRESIDENT Jiaxiao Zhang is an associate in the Orange County office of McDermott Will & Emery. Her practice focuses on the protection, management, and enforcement of patents and other intellectual property, and strategic guidance in the areas of intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, corporate transactions, licensing, and competition. An experienced patent attorney and a former engineer at a biomedical device company, Jiaxiao has advocated for diversity and related mentorship in engineering, technology, and law since her student days. Jiaxiao is the Vice President of OCCDL, co-Chair of Programs for the Howard T. Markey American Inn of Court, a Public Law Center Advocate, and active in Racial & Ethnic and Gender Diversity efforts and committees at McDermott. Jiaxiao is also a proud member of OCAABA, SCCLA, APAWLA, and NAPABA.
VICE PRESIDENT Daniel Lopez is an associate in the Orange County office of Jones Day. His practice focuses on data privacy, cybersecurity, and commercial litigation. He advises clients on compliance with various U.S. consumer privacy laws such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), and the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC). He also assists clients in conducting data breach investigations, including advising clients on notification and other legal obligations arising from a data breach. Apart from Daniel’s involvement internally at Jones Day to promote diversity, he is a member of the Executive Board of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law.
TREASURER Krystal Anderson is an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Orange County office. Krystal focuses her practice on complex business litigation and dispute resolution. Krystal has experience representing companies and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants throughout the litigation process, including pre-litigation counseling and investigations, in business tort and unfair competition-based disputes, as well as copyright, trademark, and trade secret disputes. Krystal also devotes time to pro bono work, representing multiple clients in immigration-related matters, is an active member of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law, the Iranian American Bar Association of Orange County, and the Federal Bar Association Orange County Young Lawyers Division, and regularly contributes to various publications, including Orrick’s Trade Secrets Watch blog. During law school, Krystal completed an externship for Honorable Judge Alex Kozinski at the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, served as President of the Cornell Law Students Association, was the Senior Cornell Law Library Research Assistant, and received academic awards including the CALI Award in Remedies.
SECRETARY Kainoa Asuega is a patent attorney in Crowell & Moring’s Orange County office. His practice focuses on strategic patent prosecution, litigation and counseling, through which he builds, manages and leverages patent portfolios involving market disruptive technologies for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500s. And at one point in his life, he had an opportunity to join Cirque du Soleil as a Samoan fire knife dancer for the O show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas – which he turned down in order to go to prom with his life partner and future mother of his three beautiful children.