Thai American Bar Association


Executive Board:

Sam Puathasnanon is of counsel in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings and focuses his practice on SEC, DOJ, and other government investigations, securities litigation in both state and federal courts, white-collar criminal prosecutions, shareholder derivative suits, and class actions. Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Puathasnanon served first as a senior counsel and then senior trial counsel with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). During his years at the SEC, he handled multiple high-visibility, complex cases involving prominent individuals and businesses within the financial sector. Before joining the government, Sam spent 6 years as a litigation associate with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Sam is a graduate of Loyola Law School, where he served as APALSA vice-president in his third year, and Columbia University.

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Panida Rzonca is currently the Directing Attorney at the Thai Community Development Center where she oversees both social and legal direct services. At Thai CDC, she serves primarily monolingual Thai speakers that were victims of human trafficking. In addition, Panida also practices law in the areas of immigration, labor, housing, and family law. Panida has been on TABA’s board since its founding and also serves on the State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. She is committed to providing quality legal services to people who lack access to legal services whether it is because of limited English proficiency or income level.

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Proud Usahacharoenporn is a senior associate with Rutan & Tucker, LLP. Her practice consists of a wide range of business and civil litigation matters, including cases regarding class actions, employment law disputes, contract disputes, real property disputes, insurance disputes, business and intentional torts, construction litigation, intellectual property, and bankruptcy matters.

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Yanin Senachai is a staff attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles. She represents low wage workers in administrative and civil claims for unpaid wages, retaliation, employment discrimination, and human trafficking. Yanin also assists victims of trafficking and workplace crimes in petitioning for immigration relief. Yanin got her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. In 2016, Yanin received the Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship, named after the Asian American civil rights litigation leader, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association named her one of the Best Lawyers under 40.

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Sitanan Sriworakorn is a Foreign Exchange Attorney through the American Bar Association (ABA) with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP (Procopio) in San Diego, California. Sitanan’s area of practice is in international taxation, including cross-border corporate transactions and tax compliance for dual-resident individuals. Prior to joining Procopio in October 2015, Sitanan Sriworakorn worked as an associate attorney in the taxation practice at Baker & McKenzie and as a tax legal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Bangkok, Thailand. Before engaging in private practice, she lectured in the Graduate Tax Department at Assumption University while assisting the Thai Council of State as an academic scholar. Sitanan received her LL.B. (JD equivalent) at the age of 19 and was admitted to the Thai Barrister-at-Law a year later after which she pursued her first LL.M. at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (SMU) in Dallas, Texas where she was elected to serve as the LL.M. Representative of the Student Bar Association. She pursued her second LL.M. in International Taxation as a research assistant scholarship recipient at the University of Florida. Sitanan was exposed to the legal field at young ago where her passion to practice law has brought her to the United States from Thailand.

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Tiffany Chukiat

Jane Kespradit

Justin Ruaysamran

Phatchara Udomsin

Phunphilas Dow Viravan

Advisory Board:

Tanasawat Jacob Satayaviboon (TABA President 2013-2014)

Christopher T. Sukhaphadhana (TABA President 2014-2015)

Juthamas Judy Suwatanapongched (TABA President 2012-2013)

Tanya Kiatkulpiboone (TABA President 2015-2016)

Founding Members:

Mann Bunyanunda

Michelle Bussarakum

Into Champon

Steve Chariyasatit

Wareewan Tina Charoenpong

Win Chevapravatdumrong

Luci-Ellen Chun

Gary C. Eto

Hon. Alan Friedenthal

Maria Harrington

Terry Huttayananont

Srivitta Kengskool

Jane Kespradit

Kathy Khommarath

Tanya Kiatkulpiboone

Edward W. Lew

Nedrudee Liu

Alisa Manasantivongs

Don Nghiem

Sam Puathasnanon

Panida Rzonca

Raymond Sakai

Tanasawat J. Satayaviboon

Vasudhsiri T. Sathienmars

Sanya Sukduang

Christopher T. Sukhaphadhana

Tammy Sumontha

Edmond Sung

William Sung

Juthamas J. Suwatanapongched

Lisa D. Tanner

Sirithon Thanasombat

Tonya Vachirasomboon

Phunphilas Viravan

Connie Charoonsrisavasd Wood

Lorraine Yu