I focus my practice on patent litigation, representing inventors in protecting and enforcing their rights and technologies. Prior to joining Winthrop & Weinstine, I was employed at a boutique law firm in Seoul, South Korea specializing in health care and pharmaceuticals.
I was a piano performance major in college, and you’d be surprised at how many similarities there are to litigation. When I represent clients in patent litigation, there is so much preparation involved on the front end – digging into what is inherently a new technology, figuring out all the pieces, gathering and synthesizing information, and making decisions that will work best for the end result. You spend hundreds of hours practicing – all for one big performance. In my patent litigation practice, I put in that time and preparation to protect the rights of inventors and their technologies.
Outside of work, I am an advocate for adult Korean adoptees. As an adoptee myself, I have found that there are many organizations that focus on adoptees as children, but there are not many that deal with adults. I help represent the perspective of adult intercountry adoptees, and coordinate services and conferences that are unique to the Korean adoptee community.
I also volunteer time through pro bono legal work, working with the Minnesota District Court’s Pro Se Project, and representing asylum applicants.
Honors & Awards
MSBA North Star Lawyer
Pro Bono Service, 2015, 2017
Public Interest / Pro Bono Lawyer Award
International Association of Korean Lawyers, 2018
Associations & Memberships
International Korean Adoptee Associations
Vice President, Korean Affairs
International Association of Korean Lawyers