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Name: David Olive
Class Year: 2014
Class Note: David Olive (LLM-Taxation) has joined HeplerBroom LLC as an associate attorney. Working out of the firm's Edwardsville, Illinois, office, Olive will focus his practice on complex business litigation matters including toxic torts, product liability, and premises liability.

Name: Uche A. Enemchukwu
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Uche A. Enemchukwu (JD ’12, LLM-Tax ’13) has joined Husch Blackwell LLP’s Tax and Employee Benefits Groups in St. Louis.

Name: Hsiang-Yang Hsieh
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Hsiang-Yang Hsieh (LLM-US Law ’10, JSD ’12) was named a senior associate at Formosa Transnational Attorneys at Law in Taipei City, Taiwan.

Name: Qiang Wang
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Qiang Wang (LLM-IP/U.S. Law) is completing an externship for the president of China Law Society Personal News. He plans to receive his JD in spring 2014 from Washington University.

Name: Daniel C. Willingham
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Daniel C. Willingham (LLM-Tax) joined the St. Louis office of Armstrong Teasdale LLP. His practice focuses on helping individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations comply with statutes and regulations in federal, state, and local banking and tax codes.

Name: William F. Wilson
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: William F. Wilson (JD ’12, LLM-IP/TL ’13) joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP in Nashville, as an associate practicing in intellectual property.

Name: Jera L. Oliver
Class Year: 2011
Class Note: Jera L. Oliver (JD ’11, LLM-Taxation ’13) is the first International and Graduate Affairs Fellow at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Responsibilities of the two-year appointment include admissions, career services, and support services for LLM students, law study abroad students, and Visiting Research Scholars.

Name: Ramone L. Reese
Class Year: 2011
Class Note: Ramone L. Reese (JD '11, LLM-IP/Tech, '12) has joined Miller, Canfield, Paddockk and Stone in Detroit as an associate. He is a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, where he assists clients on a variety of commercial litigation matters, including class actions, contractual disputes, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, and other complex matters.

Name: Hsiang-Yang (Brian) Hsieh
Class Year: 2010
Class Note: Hsiang-Yang (Brian) Hsieh (LLM-U.S. Law ’10, JSD ’12) is a senior associate at Formosa Transnational, one of the largest law firms in Taiwan. He is also teaching Civil Procedural and Administrative Law as an adjunct professor in the Law and Technology Program at National Taipei University of Technology.

Name: Brian J. Beck
Class Year: 2009
Class Note: Brian J. Beck, JD '09, LLM-Tax '13, was a winner of Missouri Lawyers Weekly's "Up & Coming 2013" honor. Washington University School of Law alumni made up 25 percent of the 2013 listing, which is reserved for notable lawyers who are age 40 or under. Beck is an attorney with Rosenblum Goldenhersh in Clayton.

Name: Chi-Hao (Mike) Chen
Class Year: 2009
Class Note: Chi-Hao (Mike) Chen (LLM-U.S. Law ’09, JD ’11) is chief compliance officer at Capital Futures Corp. in Taipei, Taiwan, and an adjunct assistant professor at Soochow University, where he teaches Introduction to US Law, Torts, and Legal Writing. Chen was also invited to be a visiting scholar in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School from May to August 2014. He will spend the summer in Boston with his wife and two children.

Name: Zhenfeng Liu
Class Year: 2009
Class Note: Zhenfeng Liu is working as an associate in the New York and New Jersey offices of Anslow & Jaclin LLP, where he practices international corporate finance with a primary emphasis on China-related securities offerings.

Name: Ping-Hsun Chen
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Ping-Hsun Chen (LLM-IP/TL ’08, JD ’10) recently participated in a ceremony marking the official signing of an Agreement of Cooperation between Washington University School of Law and National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech). Chen is an assistant professor at Taipei Tech’s Graduate Institute of Intellectual Property. Dean Daniel Keating and Sea-Fue Wang, vice president of Taipei Tech, made the new partnership official. View photo here (Chen is at the far left):

Name: Lung-Sheng Cheng
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Lung-Sheng Cheng (LLM-U.S. Law '08, JD '10) is an assistant professor in the Department of Law at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan.

Name: Chiaki Sato
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Chiaki Sato (LLM-U.S. Law) is an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo. He is also a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform.

Name: Jian Yu
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Jian Yu (LLM-U.S. Law '08, JD '10) is legal counselor at Industrial Bank Co., Ltd., in Fuzhou, China.

Name: Irina Krivaya
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Irina Krivaya Sandler (LLM IP/TL) is pleased to announce the opening of Sandler Law LLC in St. Louis. Sandler Law provides essential and competitive legal services to domestic and international businesses. The firm represents clients in domestic and international commercial transactions and advises on corporate, international trade, and compliance matters.

Name: Zhenfeng Liu
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Zhenfeng Liu is working as an associate in the New York and New Jersey offices of Anslow & Jaclin LLP, where he practices international corporate finance with a primary emphasis on China-related securities offerings.

Name: Thomas (Skip) Mark
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Thomas (Skip) Mark is the managing attorney of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, an independent nonprofit organization that prepares attorneys for pro bono cases that help D.C. residents who live in poverty and are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families.

Name: Cai Hong Iris Xia
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Cai Hong Iris Xia (LLM-U.S. Law ’07, JD ’09) is a partner at GoldenGate, a law firm in Beijing, China, that represents clients from all over the world.

Name: Brian Berman
Class Year: 2006
Class Note: Brian Berman (LLM-IP/TL) is moving to San Francisco to work with the iLeverage Group and Syndicated Patent Acquisitions Corp. iLeverage monetizes high-quality patents in high-demand technology sectors held by companies, research centers, and individuals, while Syndicated Patent creates unique opportunities for technology companies to obtain licenses under high-risk patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms.

Name: Ming-Whei Hsiao
Class Year: 2006
Class Note: Ming-Whei Hsiao (LLM-IP/TL ’06, JD ’08) is the senior director of HTC Corporation’s Legal Department in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.

Name: James V. O'Brien
Class Year: 2006
Class Note: James V. O’Brien (LLM-Tax), a member of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh LC in St. Louis, currently has two children attending Washington University in St. Louis.

Name: Misty A. Watson
Class Year: 2006
Class Note: Misty A. Watson (JD ’06, LLM-Tax ’11) was recently honored by the Washington University Women’s Law Caucus as an International Women’s Day Honoree. She was recognized for being a volunteer lawyer at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) and for her role as co-founder of the Guardianship and Older Adult Life Planning Project, a new project offered by LSEM in conjunction with Washington University School of Law. Watson is a principal at Danna McKitrick PC in St. Louis, where she focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianships/conservatorships for minors and adults.

Name: Jun Zhu
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Jun Zhu (LLM-US Law) is a supervising associate with Simmons & Simmons LLP in Shanghai, China. He works on corporate and commercial matters, and he has a four-year-old son.

Name: Hsiu-Yuan (Monica) Yang
Class Year: 2004
Class Note: Hsiu-Yuan “Monica” Yang (LLM-U.S. Law ’04, JD ’06) is senior manager at Pegatron Corporation in Taipei, Taiwan.

Name: Hideo Akiba
Class Year: 2003
Class Note: Hideo Akiba (LLM-U.S. Law) works for Nissan Chemical Industries Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan.

Name: Angel Min Chi Huang
Class Year: 2003
Class Note: Angel Min Chi Huang (LLM-U.S. Law ’03, LLM-IP ’04, JD ’05) is a senior associate at Jones Day specializing in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. She represents foreign clients investing in China, as well as Chinese clients investing offshore. For more about Huang, see

Name: Dongwook Lee
Class Year: 2003
Class Note: Dongwook Lee (LLM ’03, JD ’05) is legal attaché to the consulate general of the Republic of Korea in Guangzhou, PRC. His book, Cracking International Legal English-New Edition, was published recently in China, Japan, and Korea. Tim Kane (JD ’03) reviewed the English part of the book. Hideo Akiba (LLM-U.S. Law ’03) helped Lee to publish the book in Japan, and Katsumi Shirai (LLM-U.S. Law ’03), a partner at TMI Associates, edited the Japanese edition together with his 27 novice lawyers.

Name: Seung-han Oh
Class Year: 2003
Class Note: Seung-han Oh (LLM-U.S. Law ’03, JD ’05) is an associate professor at Ajou University law School. A consultant for the Korea Fair Trade Commission, he recently won an award for his paper on “The Regulation for the Violation of FRAND Commitment.”

Name: Katsumi Shirai
Class Year: 2003
Class Note: Katsumi Shirai (LLM-U.S. Law) is a partner at TMI Associates in Japan, where he leads the firm’s United States and German-speaking-country practice. He says his LLM in U.S. Law prepared him for the new challenges of his current career as a litigator and business law professional in Japan. As a clerk for the Hon. Gerald B. Cohn of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, he got his first impression of what his experience with the United States’ jury system would mean for his career. At that time, Japan was trying to introduce a jury system for criminal procedure. Shirai’s unique experience in U.S. jury trial procedure made him attractive to the Japan Bar Association, which offered him a key position on the judicial committee for the preparation of Japan’s jury system. He is still a member of the judicial committee and has been monitoring and supervising the Japanese jury system in the criminal cases. For more about Shirai, see

Name: Nasser Al-Hamdan
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Nasser Al-Hamdan (LLM-U.S. Law) is a registered Saudi lawyer and the general legal counsel of Jadwa Investment Company. He supervises the company’s Shariah Group, Legal Department, and Corporate Secretary Office. His areas of practice include banking and finance, both commercial and corporate; mergers and acquisitions (M&A); foreign investment; and intellectual property. Al-Hamdan’s achievements include the M&A of Jadwa, Saudi Aramco, and Exxon Mobil; an investment agreement between Jadwa and Khazanah of Malaysia; and the SABIC Sukuk and Samba Mobily syndication loan. For more about Al-Hamdan, see

Name: Yusuf Caliskan
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Yusuf Caliskan (JSD) is an associate professor of private international law at Istanbul Sehir University School of Law, where he teaches private international law, international commercial law, and international investment law. His book regarding conflict of laws issues in international sales law was recently published, and he contributed a chapter to the book, Implementing International Economic Law. Caliskan is a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a forum for conciliation and arbitration of international investment disputes. He is also one of four members of the panel of conciliators and arbitrators designated by Republic of Turkey, making him eligible to be elected for the ICSID arbitral tribunals to resolve ICSID arbitration cases. View Photo

Name: Mansour Jafarian
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Mansour Jafarian (LLM-U.S. Law ’02, JD ’04) ) is a legal officer and legal advisor in the United Nations’ Department of Peace Keeping Operation (DPKO). DPKO helps countries torn by conflict to create conditions for lasting peace. He served in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2011 and then in Kosovo, part of the former Yugoslavia. He also works cooperatively with the Max Planck Institute, United Nations, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan to conduct workshops on public international law, the law of treaties, and international economic law for diplomats and legal officers in different parts of the public sector in Afghanistan. Jafarian says, “As a legal advisor and trainer, I appreciate the legal thinking and problem solving gained at WashU Law.” View Photo

Name: Takeshi Kanda
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Takeshi Kanda (LLM-U.S. Law) was named manager of international legal affairs at Benesse Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.

Name: Bo Hyuk Kim
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Bo Hyuk Kim (LLM ’02, JSD ’07) is an assistant professor at Shinhan University in Korea.

Name: Sofia Hirakuri
Class Year: 2001
Class Note: Sofia Hirakuri (JSD) is a senior consultant working at STCP Engenharia de Projetos, in the southern state of Parana, Brazil. She also lectures at ISAE-FGV, the Institute of Higher Education, Business Administration and Economics, Brazil.

Name: Gonzalo Pereyra de Olazabal
Class Year: 2001
Class Note: Gonzalo Pereyra de Olazabal (LLM-U.S. Law) is the founding partner of Companion Consulting Argentina, a business-strategy consulting company located in Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Name: Miriam Schaefer
Class Year: 2001
Class Note: Miriam Schaefer (LLM-U.S. Law ’01) recently taught a short course at Washington University, titled The Brazilian Legal System for the Transnational Practitioner. The course focused on contracts, consumer protection law, and arbitration. After returning to Brazil, Schaefer earned a doctorate in law and began teaching at Unisinos University Law School. For more about Schaefer, see

Name: Byung Chan Jung
Class Year: 2000
Class Note: Byung Chan Jung (LLM-U.S. Law) is head of the Securities Issuance Regulation Team at the Financial Supervisory Service of Korea. He recently participated in the Asian Development Bank’s regional seminar on Investor Education and Financial Literacy Program held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Jung delivered presentations on three topics: “How to prepare an Effective and Innovative Financial Education Program,” “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” and “Regulations for Retirement Pension Plans.”

Name: Kathleen W. Bilderback
Class Year: 1994
Class Note: Kathleen W. Bilderback (JD '94, LLM '95), founding Member of Affinity Law Group LLC, was recognized as one of the country’s top estate planning attorneys by 2013 Super Lawyers magazine. This is the second consecutive year that Bilderback has made the Super Lawyers list.

Name: Gyooho Lee
Class Year: 1994
Class Note: Gyooho Lee (LLM 94, JSD '98), professor of law at Chung-Ang University School of Law in Seoul, Korea, is vice president of the Korean Civil Procedure Association, Korean Association for Informedia Law, Korean Computer Game Law Association, Association of Content Property for the Next Generation, and Korea Corporate Legal Affairs Association. He is also editor of the Korean Yearbook of International Law.

Name: David G. Ott
Class Year: 1988
Class Note: David G. Ott (LLM-Tax) was one of a team of Armstrong Teasdale LLP litigators who won Missouri’s second-largest defense verdict by defeating a neurosurgeon’s lawsuit regarding a fall at a St. Louis hospital that allegedly ended his career.

Name: Jane L. Brown
Class Year: 1981
Class Note: Jane L. Brown (LLM-Tax) retired in 2007 due to disabling conditions caused by multpile sclerosis. She then started Disabled People Want To Meetup Too! to help others with disabilities. who could relate to my situation. Disabled People Want To Meetup Too! now has more than 330 members in Colorado.