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Biographies of our Honorees

Michael Lewis, Chief Legal Officer of Lukoil Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of OAO LUKOIL
Honoree and Keynote Speaker

Michael G. Lewis is the Chief Legal Officer of Lukoil Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of OAO LUKOIL. Lukoil is a major international energy company with operations in 38 countries. He joined the company in 2004. Mr. Lewis oversees the legal affairs of LUKOIL’s downstream U.S. operations. His responsibilities include counseling the company on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, regulatory compliance, intellectual property and litigation management. Mr. Lewis also works with LUKOIL’s legal advisors around the world to coordinate strategy and policy.


Mr. Lewis began his legal career in private practice in 1994 at Friedland Laifer & Robbins LLP, an AV-rated New York City boutique law firm, specializing in commercial, environmental and petroleum matters. He became a partner with the firm in 1999 before joining Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch LLP (now Day Pitney LLP), one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest law firms, in 2002. As a member of the firm’s Financial Services Group in New York City, he represented financial institutions and corporate clients in restructurings across multiple business sectors and litigation in state trial and appellate courts and U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts throughout the United States.


Mr. Lewis has co-chaired the Petroleum Marketing Committee of the ABA’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources since 2010. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. He has lectured on a variety of topics before the ABA, DRI, ACC, AABANY and NAPABA. He is a member of the bar in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Mr. Lewis graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1989 and received his J.D. from New York Law School in 1994.


Joon H. Kim, Chief Counsel for the U.S. Attorney's Office 

for the Southern District of New York

Trailblazer Honoree

On April 1, 2013, Joon H. Kim was appointed Chief Counsel for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  As the Chief Counsel, Mr. Kim serves on the Executive Staff of the Office and provides advice and counsel in connection with some of the Office’s most important criminal and civil matters. 

Prior to returning to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as Chief Counsel, Mr. Kim was a partner in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.  At Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Kim’s practice focused on white-collar criminal defense and regulatory enforcement, as well as litigation and arbitration, including securities and commercial litigation and international arbitrations.  He represented numerous financial institutions and multi-national corporations in securities, antitrust and other complex litigation, as well as in regulatory and criminal matters involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, various state Attorney General’s Offices, and regulators in Europe and Asia.

From 2000 until 2006, Mr. Kim worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of cases, including racketeering, murder, securities fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and terrorism.  Mr. Kim has tried a dozen jury trials and has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  In 2006, in recognition of his work as an organized crime prosecutor, Mr. Kim was awarded “Person of the Year” by the Society of Asian Federal Officers.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000, Mr. Kim was a litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb. He received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1996 and an undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa and with distinction, from Stanford University in 1993.  From 1996 to 1997, he clerked for the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Kim is a member of the Bar in New York and is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Districts Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  He was a member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and the Federal Bar Council.  He has previously served on the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association and as a board member of the Legal Aid Society. Mr. Kim is fluent in Korean.

Huhnsik Chung, Partner-in-Charge - New York Office, 
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Trailblazer Honoree

Mr. Chung is a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP which is the merged firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge and Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon. He is in Edwards Wildman’s Insurance and Reinsurance Department and Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s New York office. Mr. Chung is a seasoned litigator who, for more than two decades, has successfully resolved complex, high-value disputes on behalf of the insurance industry in domestic and international arbitrations and judicial proceedings. He successfully applies a focused and results driven approach as coverage and trial counsel to matters related to oil and energy, marine, technology and media, financial institutions, various toxic torts, environmental contamination, products and medical devices, professional services, aviation and life. Clients also rely on Mr. Chung’s knowledge and understanding of the business of insurance to handle commercial disputes involving producers, books of business, receiverships and reinsurance. Mr. Chung has handled more than 80 insurance and reinsurance related proceedings in the U.S. and abroad.


He is a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America who is regularly called as a New York law expert in Bermuda form arbitrations and recognized by clients and practitioners in New York Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. On the non-contentious side, Mr. Chung represents insurers in regulatory and transactional matters as well as policy drafting and review. He also counsels transnational and start-up businesses on matters ranging from corporate formation and governance to intellectual property management. Mr. Chung maintains close ties with South Korea and working with diverse teams of lawyers, he assists South Korean clients globally on all types of matters.


Mr. Chung is a 1986 graduate of Cornell University and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1989. He serves on the Boards of the Asian-American Law Fund of New York and PowerPlay NYC, and has previously served in the Environmental Committee of the Association of the Bar for the City of New York.

Vivian Lee, Emcee

In September of 2008 Vivian Lee joined NY1.  Since then, she has covered stories ranging from the Occupy Wall Street movement to the city's botched efforts at responding to the blizzard of December 2010. She also anchored hour-to-hour coverage of the city's brush with Hurricane Irene, the capture of Osama bin Laden, the Times Square foiled bomb plot of 2010, and a mid-air collision of a helicopter and plane over the Hudson River that claimed nine lives in 2009.


Early in her tenure with the station, Lee covered the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing Wall Street financial crisis, the campaign to pass same-sex marriage laws in New York State, MTA doomsday budget hearings, and the death of an emotionally disturbed man in Brooklyn resulting from police use of a Taser. In December 2008, she broke the story of a firefighter arrested for allegedly calling in false alarms to 9-1-1 in a bid to save his firehouse from city budget cuts.


Among her accolades, Lee received the Asian American Business Development Center’s award for Outstanding Community Service in 2011, the award of Role Model of 2011 from CUNY, and was honored with the Asian Professional Extension's (APEX) Volunteer Award in 2008 for tutoring fourth graders in English and Math at Manhattan's PS1.


Prior to NY1, Lee worked at WNBC as a general assignment reporter covering stories such as Eliot Spitzer’s sex scandal and resignation and Manhattan’s two deadly crane collapses of 2008. One of her investigative pieces also forced the city to rescind a multi-million dollar contract with the landlord of an Upper West Side building, after she reported he evicted the very tenants the city had placed there as emergency shelter applicants. Before her stint at WNBC, Lee was the Parliamentary Correspondent for Citytv of the CHUM Network in Canada where she covered governmental affairs in Canada's capital (Ottawa) after being posted to the bureau on 9/11. There she covered the Liberal Party's kickback scandal that led to the rise of the Conservative Party, and its rule after decades of Liberal Party governments.

Prior to reporting on Canada's "The Hill," she was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for CityPulse News in Toronto. Her first job after graduating from Ottawa's Carleton University School of Journalism with high honors was anchoring the evening news at Craig Broadcasting's A-Channel in Calgary, Alberta.

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