Professionals


Team
Wenzhao “Connie” Wang, Managing Attorney
Ms. Wang has over 20 years of extensive international experience with an emphasis on China gained through her distinguished diplomatic and legal careers. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Wang spent 13 years as a diplomat in the Chinese Foreign Service in various capacities including serving as press officer for Chinese President Jiang Zemin during his official visits to foreign countries and as a diplomat at the Chinese Mission to the United Nations in New York. After obtaining her law degree from a top 20 U.S. law school, Ms. Wang worked at Mayer Brown, L.L.P. and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P, two major international law firms in the U.S.

Ms. Wang’s immigration practice focuses mainly on Eb-5 investment visas via both direct investment and regional centers, and L-1 multinational manager/executive visas. With extensive experience counseling businesses and supporting US-China cross-border transactions, Ms. Wang is uniquely positioned to combine corporate and immigration law to provide investors and businesses with in-depth and practical advice.

Ms. Wang’s legal practice in the U.S. focuses on general corporate law, venture capital financing for emerging companies, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, contracts drafting and negotiations, and immigration law. In addition, working together with premier Chinese law firms, Ms. Wang provides strategic counseling and practical advice to U.S. companies in the areas of business entities formation(“WFOE”, “JV”, and “RO” etc), foreign investments in Chinese companies via offshore companies, government relations, regulatory solutions, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing of manufacturing, information technology (“ITO”) and business processing (“BPO”), IP protections, and market entry in China as well as advises Chinese companies with their investment, mergers and acquisitions, executives’ working visas, EB-5 investment green cards, and market entry in the U.S.

Ms. Wang was named 2012 and 2011 “San Diego Top International Attorney,” “2012 San Diego Top Corporate Attorney” and “2011 San Diego Top Immigration Attorney” by SD METRO magazine. In 2006, in recognition of her role as a female industry leader, Ms. Wang was honored with the “Women to Watch Award” – Business Women 2006 by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. This honor was noted in “Local Lawyers Named ‘Women Industry Leaders’” by Minnesota Lawyer, featured in “Connie Wang Receives Top Business Honor” by Asian American Press, and reported in many other English and Chinese media in 2006.

Since 2004, Ms. Wang has served as legal counsel of China Marketing Association, a prestigious national organization in China. She is the co-founder and former president of U.S.-China Business Connections, a nonprofit organization providing an educational and networking forum for companies and individuals interested in developing business relationships between the U.S. and China.

Ms. Wang is a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops on business law, outsourcing, and investment matters in both U.S. and China. Ms. Wang has also published articles on business and legal issues in the U.S.

Licensed in California, the District of Columbia Bar and Minnesota.
Education: University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.; School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Master of International Public Policy (MIPP); and Nanjing University, B.A.

Ms. Wang is a Chinese speaking lawyer and speaks fluent Chinese Mandarin and English.

Douglas Murdock, Attorney at Law
Mr. Murdock is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1993 and admitted to the practice of law in California and Alabama. He is our of counsel with 18 years of diverse legal experience in law firm and corporate settings serving as in-house and outside counsel for patent, trademark, and copyright law issues.

Mr. Murdock’s practice emphasizes seasoned knowledge in the drafting and prosecution of domestic and international patents in the biotechnology, biomedical, molecular biology, medical device and mechanical arts, providing general intellectual property management and patent portfolio strategy development, as well as freedom to operate and due diligence analysis, opinion letters, and litigation support counsel to start-up and late stage corporate clients.

Mr. Murdock’s practice further includes drafting and negotiating IP-oriented domestic and international confidentiality, collaborative research, license, manufacturing, clinical, asset purchase, and miscellaneous service and employment agreements.
Mr. Murdock served as Director of Intellectual Property and Corporate Secretary of Inovio Biomedical Corporation. At Inovio, he was sole in-house counsel responsible for managing and strategizing the company’s intellectual property and contract portfolios and overseeing various company policies and procedures. Previously, Mr. Murdock has practiced as patent and transactional counsel at several reputable law firms in San Diego and Alabama. Mr. Murdock further has and over 10 years experience at the bench as a scientist at Amgen, Inc.
Licensed in California.

Education: Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, J.D. Master’s Degree in Microbiology

Robert J. Albrecht, Attorney at Law
Mr. Albrecht has practiced business, IP, real estate and general civil litigation in California for 35 years and serves as our of counsel. He has extensive and varied litigation experience in quality law firms, including a “Top 50” firm at which he served as head of the litigation department for a branch office of the firm, as well as his association with and partnership in other well regarded law firms. He also served as General Counsel for a publicly traded company in the computer business. Mr. Albrecht has tried several “high profile” cases in Southern California, with an excellent record of success. He has served as outside litigation counsel for the City of South Lake Tahoe, California.

Mr. Albrecht also has significant practical business experience, having served as the CFO of two companies, and the CEO of a successful telecommunications company which he founded.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

• Represented Magnetic Resonance Imaging business in $7 million fraud and breach of contract federal court jury trial.

• Won jury verdict worth $10 to $15 million for Valerie Harper.

• Won $1.75 million in real property development case for Lloyd Bridges.

• Won breach of distribution agreement case (infomercial) with ca. $4 million “swing.”

• Won corporate “freeze out” case – settled favorably after four days of jury trial.

• Won real estate partnership and fraud case; jury verdict for compensatory and punitive damages affirmed by Court of Appeal.

• Represented major entertainment production company in mainframe computer copyright infringement case.

• Represented L.A. television station in collection litigation; won attachment which forced settlement.

• Represented major entertainment production company in RICO case involving character licensing rights.

• Represented major apparel manufacturer in litigation against licensee.

Licensed in California.

Education: University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., Associate Editor of the UCLA Law Review, and authored a published Comment; California State University, Northridge, B.A.

Walter Wetterman, Attorney at Law
Mr. Wetterman has 36 years of legal experience, specialized in corporate transactional law, providing legal guidance at a senior level for a multitude of business-management and operational matters and serves as our of counsel. Mr. Wetterman sat on the board of directors of several companies, acted as strategic planner and general counsel, negotiated mergers and acquisitions, guided executives through incorporations, corporate divisions, expansions and dissolutions. Mr. Wetterman also has extensive experience in qualified the offer and sale of debt, equity and hybrid securities, and stock-option, bonus and purchase plans as well as exempt offerings under state and federal securities laws. Mr. Wetterman’s experience also includes registered the offer and sale of franchises under state and federal franchise laws, registered and defended trademarks and service marks, drafted purchase, sale, exchange and lease agreements for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
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Licensed in California

Education: Western State University College of Law, J. D., University of Cincinnati, B. A.

Matthew Tyson, Attorney at Law
Mr. Tyson has 15 years of legal practice with extensive experience in employment/labor law. Mr. Tyson serves as our of counsel and handles a broad range of employment law cases representing and counseling small and mid-sized business employers as well as individuals in employment-related matters, including discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, wrongful termination, FMLA and CFRA leave violations, wage violations, medical malpractice and HIPAA violations. In addition, Mr. Tyson also has plenty of real business experience by serving as Managing Member and In-House Counsel and Senior Executive Advisor for various companies.

Licensed in California

Education: California Western School of Law, J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, International Summer Program, University of California Santa Barbara, B.A.

Young Noh , Attorney at Law
Mr. Noh is our of counsel focusing his practice exclusively on immigration law. Mr. Noh is a U.S. immigration attorney with over 20 years of work experience in advising and successfully handling numerous EB-5 cases, including I-526s and I-829s. Mr. Noh, has been serving as an AILA (“American Immigration Lawyers Association”) EB-5 Liaison Committee member from 2011 to 2013 and from 2008 to 2009, a Committee composed of around 10 experienced AILA immigration practitioners. Mr. Noh limits his practice to handling only EB-5 cases of both direct individual and regional center-based EB-5 cases for investors around the world and has an in-depth understanding of both the legal and practical requirements of EB-5 law and procedures, and more importantly, potential problematic issues inherent in the EB-5 cases. He has a strong track record in successfully obtaining numerous I-526 conditional green cards and I-829 conditions removal approvals for his EB-5 clients.

Mr. Noh’s unique strength lies in having handled hundreds of Immigrant and Non-immigrant applications involving both USCIS and American Embassies, and being able to navigate around potential minefields of EB-5 law — and being able to explain to his clients in advance, so they can take necessary actions to plan and avoid them. He is especially adept at planning and structuring the EB-5 investor client’s case in advance to increase the likelihood of the case proceeding smoothly and reduce the chances of unwanted surprises cropping up.

Mr. Noh was a Co-author of the Visa Processing Guide (a visa processing guide book published by AILA annually) chapter on American Embassy in Seoul, Korea, from 2003 to 2010 and wrote numerous articles which were published at www.ILW.com, a leading internet U.S. immigration law newsletter. He founded www.eb-5center.com, one of the leading EB-5 websites. The sample I-829 approvals for permanent green cards can be viewed at: www.eb-5center.com/sample_I-829_approvals.

Licensed in Hawaii.

Education: George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C., J.D; and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, B.A.

Language: English and Korean

Helen H.X. Zhang, Special China Advisor
Helen H.X. Zhang servs as Special China Advisor for US China Global Law Group. She is a partner at Zhonglun Law Firm, one of the largest law firms in China. Ms. Zhang has extensive experience in advising US and other international companies on transactions involving complex Chinese laws and practices in various sectors including Manufacturing, Real Estate, Pharmaceutical & Drug, Entertainment, High Technology, Infrastructure and clean-tech. She has practiced law for more than 15 years with leading international and China-based law firms in Shanghai, China. Her practice primarily focuses on Joint Venture partnerships, Merger & Acquisition, intellectual property, Regulatory Compliance of Anti-Commercial Bribery and Ethics, and unfair Competition . Ms. Zhang received her legal training in both China and US and is licensed in both China and New York. Ms. Zhang was the first Mainland Chinese woman lawyer to be elected as Vice-Chair of the Women Business Lawyers Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”) and the first Ph.D candidate in Legal History of Fudan Law School. Ms. Zhang is the member of the New York Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association and All China Lawyers Association. She is viewed by her clients as a professional with a sharp mind and in-depth knowledge in Chinese law. Ms. Zhang currently represents the Shanghai Municipality Government for Shanghai Disney Theme Park Project as one of the leading legal counsels.

Licensed in China and New York (not actively practising law in New York).

Education: LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA, LL.B. from Fudan University Law School, China and B.S. from Tongji University, China.

Wei Lily Zhou, China Special Advisor
Ms. Zhou serves as Special China Advisor for US China Global Law Group. Ms. Zhou has extensive experience in advising foreign companies on doing business in China. She worked in Beijing and Hong Kong at a Magic Circle law firm specializing in general corporate law, FDI (foreign direct investment), WFOE and JV establishment and competition law for more than half a decade. Ms. Zhou’s corporate law experience includes advising numerous large scale M&A transactions and foreign direct investments in China, and competition law experience included assisting multinationals in obtaining merger control clearance in China and advising general competition law compliance issues. Ms. Zhou has published various subjects of doing business in China in reputable legal journals and publications including China Law & Practice and Asian-Counsel. Ms. Zhou was a Regional Finalist, 2009-2010 White House Fellowship competition and a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) in the U.S.

Licensed in New York (not actively practising law in New York).

Education: Harvard Law School, J.D., University of Tennessee, Master of Accountancy, University of Tennessee, B.A.

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