Laurence A. Shapero & SoYoung Kwon
Laurence A. Shapero | Shareholder | Ogletree Deakins
Mr. Shapero joined Ogletree Deakins in 2018 as a Shareholder in the firm’s Seattle office after more than 20 years of experience providing labor law, employment law and employee benefits advice and counsel to employers in Washington, Oregon and Illinois. Mr. Shapero is an experienced civil litigator and trial attorney with a strong record of summary judgment and trial victories in state and federal courts in Washington state. Mr. Shapero’s litigation experience includes matters involving alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Washington Law Against Discrimination, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Washington Minimum Wage Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and more. Mr. Shapero has successfully defended employers against claims asserted by a wide range of employees at every level in the organization, including claims by front-line employees, midlevel managers, licensed professional employees, and chief executive officers. Mr. Shapero also has considerable litigation experience in noncompetition and trade secrets matters, where he has obtained temporary, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of employers with concerns that former employees have violated noncompetition or confidentiality agreements. Mr. Shapero is also experienced in labor arbitration and private arbitration matters.
SoYoung Kwon | Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Affairs, Human Resources | Aptevo Therapeutics Inc.
SoYoung Kwon is SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs of Aptevo Therapeutics Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company developing novel immuno-oncology therapeutics for cancer patients. She oversees all aspects of the legal, compliance, and intellectual property functions at Aptevo and serves as Corporate Secretary and Head of Human Resources.
Previously, SoYoung was SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of AGC Biologics, a global CDMO providing pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services in the US, Europe, and Asia and VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Onvia, Inc. Earlier in her career, SoYoung served as Senior Counsel at Safeco Corporation and a corporate attorney at Graham & Dunn PC (now Miller Nash LLP). She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a law degree from Willamette University College of Law and a master of laws degree from the University of Washington School of Law. SoYoung is active in her community by serving on the Education and Engagement Committee of the Seattle Art Museum and as the President of the Washington Scholarship Foundation. She has served on a number of local non-profit boards, including the Seattle Symphony.