Jen C. Won

Counsel
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Jen Won is a bilingual trial attorney focusing on high-stakes civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. Ingenious and earnest, she is noted for being "especially apt to tackle a complex legal problem and develop a winning strategy." Jen’s professional achievements have earned her recognition as one of the region’s "Minority Leaders of Influence" by Los Angeles Business Journal and among the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Her cerebral approach to litigation has led complex commercial cases to trial and obtained winning results for her clients in federal and state courts. Jen currently manages a portfolio of litigation matters for Fintech and energy clients.  

Having lived in Seoul, Korea until she was 18 years old, Jen is fluent in Korean. She spearheaded the development of Larson LLP’s Korea practice, through which she serves as a trusted advisor to Korean conglomerates and individuals who need legal advice in the U.S. or abroad. Jen has coordinated parallel proceedings in East Asia before multiple tribunals. 

Jen leads high-profile, sensitive investigations for corporate clients facing regulatory challenges. She regularly defends individual clients in federal and state criminal investigations, and she has successfully negotiated favorable outcomes with the government on her clients’ behalf. Jen has also litigated asset forfeiture cases before the U.S. and international tribunals and recovered assets for her clients. Her willingness to delve into each case and persevere in high-stress situations is recognized and appreciated by her clients and the government alike.

Jen is passionate about empowering others in the legal profession and building an inclusive team. Outside of the courtroom, she dedicates her time to serving her legal and Asian Pacific American (APA) communities. Since 2019, Jen has served on the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Board of Governors. She is the president-elect of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA) and a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA). Jen currently serves on the Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Board and the Bench and Bar Committee of the Los Angeles Superior Court.  She also serves as the chair of the White-Collar Crime Division and has served as a regional governor for the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL) since 2017. That same year, Jen co-founded the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) Social Impact Incubator, a non-profit initiative designed to promote diversity in the legal profession. 

Prior Experience

Before joining Larson LLP, Jen was an associate at Bird Marella in Los Angeles. She began her legal career as an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. After practicing for two years in Chicago, Jen moved to California to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Larry A. Burns of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Representative Matters

  • Representing an international private equity firm in a complex, commercial dispute in federal court and coordinating parallel proceedings before JAMS and tribunals in Taiwan and China.
  • Defending a Fintech company in litigation across superior courts in California alleging breach of contract, fraud, and violation of consumer protection laws.
  • Representing corporate and individual targets of governmental investigations in connection with forfeiture proceedings and related white collar criminal investigations involving FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and District Attorney’s offices in California.
  • Leading a white collar investigation for Korean conglomerates conducting business in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Representing Korean companies in lawsuits involving alleged trade secret violations, breach of contract, and violations of California’s Unfair Competition Laws.
  • Counseling a financial institution regarding compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Representing public entities, including a Korean utility company and U.S. municipalities, in regulatory investigations and commercial disputes.  
  • Drafted a petition for writ of certiorari from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit regarding its en banc decision on constitutional right to informational privacy and qualified immunity doctrine.

Significant Prior Representations:

  • Defended SK Hynix America, Inc. in a federal jury trial against a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation alleging breach of supply contract for Xbox One.
  • Defended a sovereign fund in a high-profile criminal prosecution alleging over $4.5 billion in international money laundering.
  • Represented a major political party in a national scandal alleging violations of federal and state employment laws.
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in federal and state investigations alleging a violation of antitrust laws.

Activities

Speaking Engagements

Publications

  • Co-Author, "When and Why to Consider Self-Disclosure of Criminal Conduct," American Bar Association (March 21, 2019) 
  • Co-Author, "Six Ways To Avoid Being Co-Opted Into a Trade-Based Money Laundering Scheme," Bloomberg BNA (May 14, 2018)
  • Author, "Perspective on Lawyering in Non-Native Language," Institute for Inclusion and Diversity in the Legal Profession (January 2014)
  • Co-author, "Class Representatives' Engagement Letters with Class Counsel are Discoverable," Bloomberg BNA (June 28, 2013) 
  • Co-author, "Arbitrator Impartiality in the Context of a Tripartite Tribunal," American Bar Association (February 2013) 
Daily Journal

Larson LLP named a “Top Boutique” for litigation

Larson LLP earned a spot on the coveted list of top boutiques in California for 2021, which features only 20 specialty firms.

Los Angeles Business Journal

Larson LLP named a top firm to work for

For the second consecutive year, Larson LLP is named among the “Most Admired Law Firms: L.A.’s Top Firms to Work For,” recognizing our efforts to foster, attract, and retain diverse talent in 2021.

Best Lawyers©

Eight attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers©

Six Larson LLP partners are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 and two attorneys are included in the second edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy

Jen Won speaking on bar association panel

Counsel Jen C. Won is speaking on a panel during the virtual Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy on June 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Nicole Kim joins LCLD 2021 Class of Pathfinders

Associate Nicole J. Kim has been selected to join the LCLD 2021 Class of Pathfinders, a program designed to train high-performing, early-career attorneys in critical professional development strategies to enhance their careers.

Korean Prosecutors Association

Jen Won speaking on hate crime webinar

Counsel Jen Won is speaking on a webinar about hate crime resources hosted by the Korean Prosecutors Association and Consulate General of the Republic of Korea on May 11, 2021.

Firm News

Larson LLP signs CA Equal Pay Pledge

The firm joins California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls in their campaign, Equal Pay CA, to close the state's pay gap.

Benchmark Litigation

Larson LLP shortlisted for "Firm of the Year"

Larson LLP is one of seven Los Angeles firms recognized as finalists for Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 "Firm of the Year" award.

Los Angeles Business Journal

Alex Lowder & Jen Won named "Minority Leaders"

Partner Alex Lowder and counsel Jen C. Won were selected to the “Minority Leaders of Influence: Attorneys” list for 2021.

Firm News

Larson LLP announces year-end elevations

Larson LLP is pleased to announce the elevations of Dana M. Howard and Alex Lowder to partner and Jen C. Won and Emilie J. Zuccolotto to counsel.

Los Angeles Business Journal

Larson LLP named among L.A.’s most admired firms

Larson LLP is recognized as one of the “Most Admired Law Firms: L.A.’s Top Firms to Work For” of 2020 for consciously working toward creating a diverse, positive, and supportive environment to help drive the firm’s success.

Larson O'Brien joins Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

The national coalition of law firms aims to create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that address systemic racism.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Angela Makabali joins NAPABA leadership program

Larson O'Brien is proud to announce that associate Angela Makabali has been selected to the NAPABA 2020 Leadership Advancement Program.

Firm joins L.A. Represents pro bono initiative

Mayor Eric Garcetti's pro bono initiative is composed of top Los Angeles law firms providing free legal services to residents facing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • EDUCATION

    Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D.

    University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude

  • CLERKSHIPS

    Hon. Larry A. Burns
    U.S.D.C. Southern District of California

  • ADMISSIONS

    California
    Illinois
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S.D.C. Central District of California
    U.S.D.C. Northern District of California
    U.S.D.C. Northern District of Illinois

  • LANGUAGES

    Korean