Jin Y. Hwang

Jin Y. Hwang

President-Elect, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Jin Y. Hwang is Managing Assistant General Counsel with Verizon, one of the largest communication technology companies in the world. In this capacity, Ms. Hwang manages a team of attorneys and negotiates agreements with Fortune 500 corporate customers in the energy & utilities vertical for their high-technology needs and provides day-to-day guidance to her sales, finance, and marketing clients. She also has participated in Verizon’s pro bono initiative with Street Law every year since its inception in 2010, where she conducts law workshops for high school students at their high schools and Verizon’s corporate headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Ms. Hwang has served as in-house counsel for Verizon for over 12 years, where previously she was an integral member of the legal team for Verizon Wireless’ Northeast Area in addition to working closely with Verizon Wireless’ national headquarters and the other business units of Verizon. Ms. Hwang handled a broad array of fields, including managing various types of litigation such as commercial, bankruptcy, and eminent domain. She also worked on many strategic projects, including working closely with all aspects of the business to integrate various assets after Verizon Wireless’ multi-billion and multi-million dollar acquisitions. Ms. Hwang also provided guidance to the Sales, Operations, Marketing, and Training departments and negotiated services and sourcing agreements. Her clients have enjoyed working with her, resulting in her receiving several awards including the Northeast Area President’s Mid-Year “Beast of the East” Award, Northeast Area President’s Award of Excellence, and Tireless Wireless Champion award, for which she is very appreciative. In addition, Ms. Hwang has served on Verizon Wireless’ Diversity Forum.

Before Verizon Wireless, Jin was in-house at France Télécom (now Orange) in its North American legal department in Washington, D.C. with a variety of responsibilities including working on a multi-billion dollar acquisition involving Sprint and Orange as well as negotiating commercial real estate leases and licensing agreements involving the company’s name, trademarks, and products in films The Bourne Identity and The Truth About Charlie.

Ms. Hwang graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was Articles Editor of the Administrative Law Review, which is published quarterly in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and has the highest circulation rate of any student-edited journal. Ms. Hwang was a leader in several organizations during her law school years, including the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Business Law Society. Jin was also a co-recipient of the 1941 Alumna Scholarship in 1999. Ms. Hwang earned her bachelor degree with double majors in Psychology and French Studies with honors from the University of Pennsylvania. During college, she participated in a joint Penn and Columbia University study abroad program at Reid Hall in Paris, France, which was conducted entirely in French. While there, she volunteered at the Fondation Scelles, an international organization devoted to combating prostitution and sexual exploitation worldwide, translating documents.

Ms. Hwang has been very involved in advocating for diversity and inclusion for several years. Ms. Hwang has proudly served her home affiliate of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey in various capacities. Ms. Hwang then became the inaugural second Northeast Regional Governor on the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Board of Governors and served for 2-plus years. Thereafter, Ms. Hwang was elected and re-elected as NAPABA Vice President for Programs and Operations, and culminating in her being elected as NAPABA’s President-Elect last year. Ms. Hwang is the current NAPABA President-Elect and will begin her term as President at NAPABA’s National Convention in New Orleans this November. She has served as a mentor to several law students and lawyers as well as a panelist for various organizations over the years. Ms. Hwang is a past NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 recipient.