Raising the Bar: Asian Women Partners in Major Firms

March 26, 2015



Alice Young
Retired Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice
Kaye Scholer LLP

Alice Young  retired in 2015 after 40 years of law practice, the last 20 years as Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice at Kaye Scholer LLP. She continues to advise multinationals and entrepreneurs on their business strategies in the United States and throughout Asia, including complex cross-border transactions and sensitive governmental strategies. She also assists clients in identifying potential Asian partners and resources. She has been lead advisor on projects throughout Asia, including China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and the Philippines.

She has been based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo and speaks Japanese, Chinese and French. She worked in Hong Kong in the pioneering early 1970s, did her first China deal in 1979, and was the first woman, minority and the youngest to head a New York branch law office.

Ms. Young serves on the boards of Mizuho Trust & Banking (USA), AXIS Capital Holdings, Ltd., Aspen Institute and The Asia Foundation. She has received numerous awards for her corporate, mentoring and civic achievements, including the New York Women’s Agenda Star Award; Boy Scouts of America (NY Councils) Distinguished Woman of the Year Award;  the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund  “Justice in Action” Award; the Yale Asian American Alumni Leadership Award; and was selected by Harvard Law Record as one of the 50 outstanding alumnae of Harvard Law School. She was in the first class of women graduates of Yale College.


Jasmine Ball
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jasmine Ball is a corporate partner and member of Debevoise & Plimpton’s Business Restructuring & Workouts Group. She regularly represents debtors, investors, creditors and other parties in distressed mergers & acquisitions, workouts, debt and equity financings and refinancings, complex restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. She is an author of the Collier Business Workout Guide (Matthew Bender, 2014) and a contributing author to the Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries (Matthew Bender, 2014). A prolific writer, she has written for numerous publications such as Jetrader, Law360, Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and The Deal, to name a few.

Ms. Ball is recognized by The Legal 500 US, where she was praised for her “strong management skills and critical thinking” in 2014 and noted as “particularly good” in 2010. She has also been recognized as an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts in 2013 and has received Turnaround Management Association's 2014 Transaction of the Year: Mega Company Award.

She received her B.S. from Princeton University in Civil Engineering and Operations Research, with a Certificate in Engineering and Management Systems, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she was an Executive Editor of the Journal of International Law.



Linda Ji
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Linda Ji is a Partner in Nixon Peabody’s M&A and Corporate Transactions and China & Asia Pacific practice groups where she focuses on corporate and securities laws. She has extensive experience representing clients in their business transactions, with a specialty in cross-border corporate and commercial transactions involving the U.S. and China.

Ms Ji works with U.S. and European companies doing business in China, and counsels Chinese companies setting up a presence and expanding their operations in the U.S.  Domestically, she advises companies in IT, life sciences, consumer products and manufacturing in startup , M & A, IPO's and SEC and securities law compliance.

Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Ms. Ji served as Vice-Chair of China Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP, and was a member of International Practice, Private Equity & Venture Capital and Transactional & Securities Practice Groups, as well as Emerging Technologies and Life Science Industry teams. 

She received a LL.B. from the University of International Business and Economics School of Law (Beijing, China); and a J.D. and LL.M.  from Saint Louis University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude.

Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal
Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal is a Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she handles a wide range of litigation. She has particular experience in  intellectual property-related disputes, including patent, copyright, trade secret, and breach of contract, as well as antitrust matters. She is a co-author of the Intellectual Property Law Answer Book, published by the Practising Law Institute, which is currently in its fourth edition.

Ms. Sankoorikal was recognized for her work in intellectual property litigation in the Leaders League Innovation - Technology & Intellectual Property Report in 2014. in 2013, she was named a “Rising Star” by both New York Law Journal and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). In 2012, she received the “Best Lawyers Under 40” award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for her outstanding professional achievements and dedication to the Asian Pacific American community.

She was named to the Board of Directors of New York City Outward Bound Schools in 2014  and the Board of Directors for the Asian American Bar Association of New York in 2013. She was also elected District Vice President (Metropolitan District) of the Yale Science & Engineering Association.

Ms. Sankoorikal received a B.S. in Chemistry cum laude from Yale University; and received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Research Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.




Susan L. Shin
, Arnold & Porter LLP

Susan L. Shin is a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP where she practices complex business litigation on behalf of financial institutions and corporate clients in litigated disputes in state and federal courts and arbitrations. She defends institutions and individual clients in investigations and enforcement proceedings conducted by the SEC, OCC, DOJ, other federal agencies, FINRA, the New York Attorney General's office, and other state regulators. She has an active pro bono practice representing New York City charter schools in bringing and challenging actions involving charter school co-locations.

Ms. Shin has served on the Board of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and was recently elected to the position of AABANY President-Elect. In addition, she was elected to Arnold & Porter's firm-wide nine-person governing committee (the Policy Committee) which reserves a single seat for a younger partner with less than 50 shares.

Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, US District Court, Eastern District of New York; and before attending law school, was an associate at J.P. Morgan in investment management.

Ms Shin is a graduate of Rutgers University, and Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.



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