Alston Lew - Law Offices of Steven James Choi

Alston Lew
Law Offices of Steven James Choi
Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, 88 Kearny Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108


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Alston Lew
Law Offices of Steven James Choi

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Admitted to practice in all Courts in California and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

I am an associate attorney at the law firm of Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney.  My practice includes: legal malpractice, professional liability, real property disputes, business litigation, civil litigation, insurance defense and construction cases. 

Law School Honors
- Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for Constitutional Law II, Spring 2011; Dean's List (Spring 2010 Semester; Fall 2010; Spring 2011, Spring 2012); Semi-Finalist for Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition for Oral Arguments; Moot Court Board Member; Nominated for the Paul S. Jordan Service Award for a graduating 3L by law school faculty.

Vice President of External Affairs for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; Outreach Membership Chair for the Intellectual Law Association; Vice Magister of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity;
Secretary of Golden Gate University Sports and Entertainment Law Student Association.; Student Trial Lawyers Association; Business Law Student Association (CAPITAL Group).

Professional Organizations:  Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area; National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; San Francisco Bar Association; San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association; South Asian Bar Association of Northern California; Korean Bar Association of Northern California; Vietnamese Bar Association of Northern California; American Bar Association

I was a teaching assistant for Professor Peter Keane at Golden Gate University School of Law for Constitutional Law II for the Spring 2012 semester.  I worked as a law clerk for the Choi Law Firm assisting attorneys on litigation practices including drafting of motions, attending depositions and drafting meet and confer letters also in the Spring 2012 Semester.

I was a teaching assistant for Professor Eleanor Lumsden at Golden Gate University School of Law for Torts for the Fall 2011 semester.

For the summer of 2011, I worked for the commercial litigation firm of Nassiri & Jung LLP working on trade secrets, employment and privacy related litigation cases.  I researched the relationship between the  United States Supreme Court case of AT&T Mobility v. Cocepcion and its applicability to employment contracts containing mandatory arbitration clauses and class action waivers.

For the Spring 2011 semester, I worked for Richard Greenstone, Attorneys and Counselors at Law on intellectual property matters dealing with transactional intellectual property matters including termination of assignment for copyrights, trademark infringement and registration, right to publicity issues and contractual interpretation.  I performed extensive research on termination of copyrights by an artist to a publisher and how the artist could terminate the assignment of rights to the publisher.  The research involved contractual interpretation and review of differing approaches to copyright termination notices by both the Ninth Circuit and Second Circuit.

For the Summer of 2010, I was a judicial extern for Judge Stuart Hing in the criminal division of the Superior Court of Alameda County in California where I researched and wrote  judicial opinons on various criminal matters.  I assisted Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte in her preparation for a ruling during a civil bench trial.   I researched and wrote a memorandum on whether attorneys could recover damages from a tort claim after recovering contract damages.

Prior to law school, I was a paralegal for over three years for the Law Offices of Steven James Choi working on personal injury related matters and helping to settle claims on behalf of clients by negotiating with insurance companies.

I was a paralegal for two years at the law firm of Jackson & Wallace LLP where I prepared asbestos cases for trial in defense of corporate clients.  The job involved preparing trial binders, and evaluating various documents produced in discovery to determine potential liability exposure to the firm's clients.

During my junior and senior years of college, I interned at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office in both the Consumer Fraud and Misdemeanor Units.  I then switched and interned at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was nominated to be a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.  Shortly after graduating, I was an intern for a short time at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California working in the media department where I wrote several articles including one concerning a jurisdictional issue concerning DVD copyright protections.  I then worked as a filing clerk at several firms including Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, and Steinhart & Faulkner (both firms have since changed structurally).