Ms. Juthamas Judy Suwatanapongched is an associate in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Suwatanapongched represents clients in complex business litigation and consumer class actions involving:
- Breach of contract
- Violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act
- Breach of fiduciary duties
- Commercial loan defaults
Ms. Suwatanapongched is known and valued as a collaborative, approachable, attentive and detail-oriented litigator. Her clients rely on her clear communication, organization, and management skills to execute their litigation strategies. Ms. Suwatanapongched handles all stages of litigation, from case filing to dispositive motions to mediation, arbitration, trial, and judgment enforcement.
Ms. Suwatanapongched leads teams of associates and legal staff in handling complex discovery and e-discovery and is a member of the firm’s E-Discovery Team. Ms. Suwatanapongched is an active member of the Asian/Pacific Islander American (“APIA”) community and enjoys utilizing her skills to help the APIA community at large.
In November 2012, Ms. Suwatanapongched helped found and launch the Thai American Bar Association (“TABA”) and served as its Founding President. TABA is the first organization to support Thai and Thai-American legal professionals in the United States. She currently serves on TABA’s Advisory Board.
Ms. Suwatanapongched also assisted in the formation of the Thai American Samakkee Coalition (“Samakkee”), a national organization that promotes the unity and interests of Thais and Thai Americans in the United States.
Ms. Suwatanapongched currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles (“APABA”), where she has served on the Board of Governors since 2007 and was its President in 2015. She is the APABA Scholarship Fund Chair and coordinates the Law School Fellowship Committee, which awards an annual $5,000 scholarship to a law student who spends a summer working at a Los Angeles County nonprofit organization in a unit that serves the APIA community.
In addition to her external leadership roles, Ms. Suwatanapongched is an active member of Sheppard Mullin’s diversity group, the Diversity and Inclusion Attorney Network (“DIAN”), serves as DIAN’s Office Leader for Los Angeles, and is a representative on Sheppard Mullin’s Associates Forum.
Ms. Suwatanapongched represents large and small businesses in the consumer product (beverage, food, cosmetics and retail), financial, real estate, data and electronic service, aerospace, medical device, and health care industries, among others. She has helped her clients favorably resolve the following disputes:
- J.D., University of Southern California, 2009; Staff, Interdisciplinary Law Journal; Internal Vice President, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
- B.A., Northwestern University, 2005; Senior Thesis with Distinction; President, Thai Club
- U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Advisory Board/Former Founding President, Thai American Bar Association
- Advisory Board/Past President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
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