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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) announced the 2010 recipients of NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40Best Lawyers Under 40 Awards recognize talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to the community. This year's Best Lawyers Under 40 honorees have tried and won major cases, founded law firms, managed legal departments, handled important deals, advocated to protect the civil rights of APAs, and headed up corporate departments - all at relatively early stages in their careers. NAPABA congratulates the 2010 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award recipients: Awards on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at its 22nd Annual Convention in Los Angeles, CA. Below are short bios of a few of the awardees.

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Tanya A. Bovee, Esq.


Tanya A. Bovée is a Partner in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis. Ms. Bovée defends employers in employment disputes, such as claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She advises management on personnel matters such as hiring, firing, performance management, internal investigations, and disability accommodation, and conducts training on those issues. She also assists employers in preparing employee handbooks, internal policies and procedures, and affirmative action plans. Ms. Bovée is a member of the State Bar of Connecticut and the State Bar of New York.
Aney K. Chandy, Esq.

Aney K. Chandy currently serves as Senior Labor & Employment Counsel at Toys "R" Us, a Fortune 250 corporation headquartered in Wayne, NJ.
  Previously, in 2006, Ms. Chandy was appointed by Mayor Cory A. Booker to serve as Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark, where she oversaw a diverse practice of 6,000+ matters and managed 45 in-house attorneys, 10 per-diem municipal prosecutors and 17 outside law firms. Notably, Ms. Chandy was the first Asian American to serve as Corporation Counsel in NJ's largest city; and also served in various capacities at the NJ Attorney General's Office. Ms. Chandy began her tenure at the AG's Office as the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Civil Rights Litigation Practice Group, providing advice and counsel to the Attorney General on all matters relating to civil rights litigation in New Jersey.

Cyndie M. Chang, Esq.

Cyndie M. Chang practices in the area of commercial and insurance coverage litigation at Duane Morris LLP. Ms. Chang has litigated complex business disputes, including contracts, unfair competition, trademark, trade secrets, entertainment and real estate law. Ms. Chang is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker. In addition, she has handled environmental, asbestos and long-term insurance loss claims in complex litigation involving multimillion-dollar disputes. Ms. Chang served as judicial extern to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Currently, she is the Regional Governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("NAPABA") for the Central District, Los Angeles, which encompasses ten minority interest bar organizations in Southern California. She is also the Vice-President of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association ("SCCLA"). Ms. Chang also serves on the board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles ("APABA").

Clinton Foy
Clinton Foy, Esq.

General Counsel, Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs, Corporate Secretary at Square Enix, Inc. Business and legal executive with broad experience managing and advising international technology, entertainment, and video game companies. Clinton Foy’s Specialties: Video game and media development, publishing, merchandising, licensing, digital distribution, marketing and sales. Corporate and business development transactions, M&A, venture capital financing, international joint ventures, content and technology licensing, Internet advertising and marketing, Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate governance, employment matters, crisis management, dispute resolution, litigation management, business and legal department development and management.

Emi . Gusukuma, Esq.

Emi Gusukuma serves as a Litigation and Employment Law attorney at the law firm of HaasNajarian LLP. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1993, and received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1997. She is a member of the California State Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Her practice includes commercial and employment litigation as well providing advice and counsel to employers on issues that arise in the workplace. She has been an adjunct professor at Hastings College of the Law, a guest lecturer at Chabot College, and a regular guest lecturer at the Hastings Civil Justice and Mediation Clinics. Emi was an appointed member of the Ethics Commission for the City and County of San Francisco from 2004-2010, and served as its Chair from 2005-2007 and Vice Chair from 2007-2009. Prior to her appointment to the Ethics Commission, she served on the Immigrant Rights Commission for the City and County of San Francisco. She is the Treasurer and Board member of the Asian American Bar Association, and is a long-time volunteer supervising attorney with the Workers’ Rights Clinic-Employment Law Center.