Professionals

SONG & LEE Silicon Valley Law Firm

Brian H. Song, Esq. (Partner)

• U.C Berkeley, B.A. Economics
• University of Maryland School of Law, J.D.
• New York University, LL.M. Tax Law
• Maryland Tax Court Clerk
• Litt & Marquez
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich

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Brian H. Song is a founder and partner of SONG & LEE. Mr. Song is a graduate of the U.C. Berkeley, class of 1993 with honors, where he studied Economics. Mr. Song studied law at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, graduating in 1996 with honors. Mr. Song then went on to study taxation at New York University in Manhattan, New York, in 1997-1998. Since then, he worked at Coopers & Lybrand, which later merged with PriceWaterhouse, where he was promoted to manager position in just 3 year, setting a then-record at the office. After the promotion was awarded, Mr. Song moved to Silicon Valley during the height of ‘Dot.com’ era to join Gray Cary. In late 2002, Mr. Song opened his own practice. In 2014, Mr. Song founded SONG & LEE, together with Ms. Deborah Lee.

 

Admitted to practice in California courts, federal courts of Central and Northern Districts of California as well as Ninth Circuit Court.

Youn Soo “Deborah” Lee, Esq. (Partner)

• U.C. Berkeley, B.A. Economics
• Lincoln Law School J.D.

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Ms. Lee is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.  After graduation, Ms. Lee worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea as an intern.  After the internship, Ms. Lee then pursued a career in law and graduated from Lincoln Law School where she received scholarships and academic awards.

 

Ms. Lee has handled more than hundreds of immigration cases and corporate matters. Ms. Lee has achieved a 99% success rate in immigration related cases to date. Additionally, she has successfully dealt with challenging cases and has provided a wide range of corporate consulting services to clients ranging from start-up companies to multinational public corporations.

 

Clients can fully entrust their cases with Ms. Lee.  She is able to put her clients at ease by listening
empathetically to their various concerns and carefully reviewing each case with scrupulous consideration. She has vowed to ensure a fast turnaround of high quality work with unparalleled professionalism, accuracy, and efficiency while remaining committed to the practice of law with an in-depth understanding of each client.

Robert Chojnacki, Esq. (Sr. Associate)

• U.C. San Diego, B.A., American History
• University of California San Francisco, Hasting College of the Law, J.D.

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Mr. Chojnacki is a graduate of U.C. San Diego, with honors in American History.  In 1993, he obtained his J.D. from the University of California San Francisco, Hasting College of the Law.

 

Mr. Chojnacki has more than 20 years of civil litigation experience. He has represented clients in all aspects of litigation in California and federal courts. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of California, Nevada, and Hawaii.  He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.

Inna Nam, Esq. (Sr. Associate)

• Handong International Law School, J.D. (equivalent)
• Capital and Regional Courts of Kazakhstan, Judge Assistant
• Cheonan City Migrant Workers Center, Head of Russian Department

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Mrs. Nam graduated from law school Summa Cum Laude and currently specializes in litigation. During law school she participated in various international competitions such as the Willem VIS (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot where over a hundred teams from all over the world compete. Mrs. Nam’s team achieved the best result among all Korean teams and the best result in the history of her Law School.

 

Along with English, Mrs. Nam fluently speaks Russian and Korean. Her extensive multicultural background stems from her numerous work and study experiences abroad. Mrs. Nam worked several years as a judge’s assistant in Kazakhstan where she drafted numerous judgments and court orders. Mrs. Nam also worked in South Korea at Cheonan City Migrant Workers’ Center where she was a Head of the Russian Department.

Juyoung “Kate” Bae, Esq.

• M.A., Business Administration, Yonsei University
•​ J.D., Vermont Law School

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Ms. Bae is an associate at Song & Lee, LLP., where she practices immigration and litigation law. Over the years, she has provided legal services regarding nonimmigrant visa cases, including H, L, E, and O visas and various other immigration cases, including PERM.

 

Prior to joining Song & Lee, Ms. Bae worked for Asian Americans Advancing Justice in San Francisco, a non-profit organization representing Asian Americans’ legal rights. As a legal intern there, she represented clients in wage-and-hour claims and a wrongful discharge claim.

 

Ms. Bae graduated from Vermont Law School in 2011 and was licensed to practice law in the State of California in 2012. Additionally, she has a Master’s Degree in Management from Yonsei University in South Korea.

Grace H. Kang, Esq.

• U.C. Davis, B.A. Political Science
•​ Handong International Law School, J.D.

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Ms. Kang is an associate at Song & Lee where she practices litigation and corporate law. Prior to joining Song & Lee, Ms. Kang was a judicial intern to Honorable Justice Tom Parker of the Alabama Supreme Court where she assisted staff attorneys in preparing bench memoranda and opinions focused on criminal and commercial law. At Strickland, Agner & Associates, Ms. Kang handled cases in employment law and criminal law as a legal intern. Ms. Kang also had internship experience at the National Assembly of South Korea.

 

Ms. Kang graduated Cum Laude from Handong International Law School. She was Editor-in-Chief of the school’s Law Review where she oversaw editorial review of Regent Journal of Global Justice and Public Policy and Asian Yearbook of International Law. Ms. Kang also participated in numerous moot court competitions including Foreign Direct Investment Asia Regional Moot Court and World Trade Organization Moot Court.

 

Ms. Kang is fluent in Korean and conversational in Chinese.

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Na Rae Lee, Esq.

• SungKyunKwan University, B.A. English Literature & History

•​ Handong International Law School, J.D.

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Prior to joining Song & Lee, Ms. Lee worked as Managing Attorney of Legal Department of NovMetaPharma Co., Ltd. where she legally assisted company in listing at KONEX and in preparation for KOSDAQ. She also managed overall corporate legal affairs including posting regulations of the stock exchange.

 

During law school, she was selected as aresearcher of the POSCO project where she participated in the study of intellectual property management and negotiations strategy for corporations.

 

Along with business laws, Ms. Lee has various experiences in public interest law fields. With law school alumni, she founded Handong Arise Legal Clinic which provided free legal service to the marginalized including migrant workers and women from brokered marriages. Also, she taught undergraduate students the first ten amendments to the US Constitution in Handong Global University.

Ryan Rho, Paralegal

• U.C. Berkeley, Environmental Economics and Policy
•​ Monterey College of Law, J.D.

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Mr. Rho is a graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Monterey College of Law. After graduation he has worked for Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP as a legal writer/paralegal focusing on nonimmigrant visa cases, including H, L, TN, and O visas. Mr. Rho joined Song & Lee, LLP in 2016 as a paralegal and has been working with Ms. Lee in the area of immigration, and Mr. Song with litigation. He is currently studying for the bar in order to practice as a licensed attorney in California.

Rachel Han, Legal Assistant

• Ewha Womans University, B.A. Education
• Ewha Womans University, M.A. Education