Davis Wright Tremaine
Chris Helm practices general business and international law, with a focus on Asia–particularly on Japan, where he lived for 24 years–and works extensively on business immigration matters. He counsels foreign companies and individuals in structuring investments in manufacturing and other operations in the Pacific Northwest, and helps American clients entering Asian markets. Chris provides immigration assistance, including visas and labor certifications, to executives, managers, researchers and other professionals, and is a frequent speaker on immigration and employment sanction issues. He serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, and as chair of the firm’s pro bono committee.
Dr. Mudit Kakar
Choi Capital Law
Dr. Mudit Kakar practices intellectual property law, at Choi Capital Law, PLLC, with a focus in IP litigation, technology transactions, licensing, privacy and regulatory compliance. He represents clients in industry sectors ranging from tech companies to pharmaceuticals and life science companies. Dr. Kakar uses his first-hand experience in developing new technologies to help clients achieve their business goals by leveraging their intellectual property. Through the combination of science education and training, and legal skills, he helps companies evaluate, implement, protect and monetize intellectual property.
Dr. Kakar grew up in New Delhi, India, and moved to the United States in 2003 to pursue graduate studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he focused his research on the use of gene therapy for treatment of leukemia and other cancers. Dr. Kakar moved to Seattle after completing his Ph.D. to attend law school at the University of Washington. He was actively involved with the student body leadership as the vice-president of the Moot Court Honor Board, and the president of the Technology Law Society. He was also an active member of OutLaws (LGBT law student’s association). He continued his community involvement after law school by joining the board of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), and served as the president of SABAW in 2016. Currently, he also serves on the board of Washington Initiative for Diversity to promote an inclusive work environment and diverse workforce in the legal profession.
An immigrant himself, Dr. Kakar, relates to some of the issues faced by the immigrant community. He has been in the United States for 14 years, first on a student visa, and then work visa. He understands the restrictive nature of our immigration system. Apart from his intellectual property work, Dr. Kakar maintains an active pro bono practice helping victims of persecution seeking asylum in the United States.
Immigration Lawyer, Sound Immigration
Alberto J. Rodríguez
City of Seattle
Originally from Honduras, Alberto moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 after getting his degree in Biology and working on several environmental conservation and research projects in Honduras and Guatemala. In the U.S., his work has focused on community-led environmental conservation, with an emphasis in advancing environmental justice and racial equity. From 2011-2016, Alberto was the Environmental and Community Health Programs Manager for the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition / Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG), a non-profit that works to engage and build power for the environmental justice communities affected by the Duwamish River Superfund site in Seattle. In this capacity, Alberto was appointed by Seattle’s Mayor Edward Murray to a 16-person committee that developed the nation’s first municipal Equity & Environment Agenda. In June 2016, he joined the City of Seattle to lead the new Duwamish Valley Program, a placed-based effort to advance environmental justice, address racial and neighborhood-level disparities, reduce health inequities, and create stronger economic pathways.
Locally, Alberto’s work has been recognized with awards from the South Park Neighborhood Association (2012) and Sustainable Path Foundation (2013). In 2014, he was recognized as one of three finalists for the first-ever Emerging River Professional Award, an international award sponsored by the International River Foundation and the International Water Centre Alumni Network.
Alberto was a member of the Leadership Team of the Seattle Chapter of the Environmental Professionals of Color from 2012-2016, and an Executive Committee member of the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club from 2015-2016. On his spare time, Alberto enjoys traveling, scuba diving, paragliding, hiking, reading, dancing, independent movies, and live music.
Deputy District Director and Constituent Services Director for U.S. House of Representatives