Kwanwoo Lee Elected to The Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of Greater Chicago Board of Directors for a Second Two-Year Term

July 13, 2020

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP is proud to announce that Associate Kwanwoo Lee has been elected to the Board of the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of Greater Chicago for a second two-year term.

AABA encourages and promotes the professional growth of its members, serves the Asian American Pacific communities, and fosters the exchange of ideas and information among its members and the public.

Kwanwoo is a registered patent attorney who secures and protects intellectual property rights for Fortune 500 companies, universities, and other high-tech clients in the electrical and computer technology fields. Tapping into his extensive knowledge in the areas of cellular wireless networks, computer systems, software design, and related technologies, Kwanwoo likes to “get under the hood” to gain a deep understanding of his clients’ inventions, allowing him to develop sophisticated patent strategies that often employ novel approaches to achieve the desired outcome.

At Marshall Gerstein, Kwanwoo is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee and serves as liaison to the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. In addition, he provides pro bono legal services for financially eligible clients in all areas of the arts through Lawyers for the Creative Arts and assists pro bono with essential estate planning documents for veterans and first responders through the Wills for Heroes Foundation.

The Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of Greater Chicago was formed on the belief that a professional bar association could serve not only the interests of its members, but also the community from which its members came. AABA has continually reaffirmed its commitment to that belief and has grown to represent the interests of thousands of Asian American legal professionals and community members. The organization’s mission includes promoting the professional growth of its members; mentoring law students and new lawyers; providing services to the local community; fostering the exchange of ideas and information among its members and community leaders; partnering with other minority organizations on common matters of concern; and offering policy recommendations on legal, social, political, and economic interests significant to the community.

AABA is an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), an umbrella bar association comprised of local Asian American bar associations, as well as individual members. Since 1987 NAPABA's affiliate organizations have played a key role in publicizing and addressing Asian American legal issues. The affiliate organizations continue to be vital to NAPABA, alerting the organization to local issues across the nation and providing a reservoir of tested local leaders who can then contribute to and lead NAPABA at the national level.

Kwanwoo joined AABA’s board to build upon the work of trailblazers before him who have promoted the interests of minority communities, particularly the Asian American legal community. During the past term, he has organized several networking events, attended NAPABA’s annual conference and served as a co-panelist to share advice with law students on how to obtain employment at law firms. As co-chair of AABA’s mentorship committee, Kwanwoo revamped the mentorship program, matching numerous law student mentees from Chicago-area law schools with attorneys each year.