Officers & Directors

Drew Spaniol



Howard & Spaniol, PLLC

After nearly fifteen years in “Big Law,” Drew and a colleague founded Howard & Spaniol, PLLC, a litigation boutique. Although Drew likes “winning” as much as any trial lawyer, he focuses on getting the best results for his clients – whether that means going to trial or working toward an amicable out-of-court solution. Drew also serves on the board of directors of Literacy Instruction for Texas, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating adults so that they can improve their own lives. Most importantly, Drew spends time with his wife (Jess), their daughter (Josie), and their chocolate lab (Apache).


Stacey Cho Hernandez


Carter Arnett PLLC

Stacey is a Partner at Carter Arnett, PLLC, where she practices employment, commercial and antitrust litigation.   She graduated from UT Dallas with a B.S. in business administration, and obtained her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2009.


Hao Ni



Ni, Wang & Massand, PLLC

Hao is an attorney at Ni, Wang & Massand, PLLC. His practice focuses around various intellectual property matters, civil litigation, and litigation financing.  Hao received his bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2003.  In addition to traveling for work, Hao likes to travel for fun and collecting miles / points – visiting places all over the world.


Ashley Yen


Methodist Health System

Ashley is Assistant Vice President & Associate In-House Counsel at Methodist Health System. She earned her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law.  Ashley served as the Chair of DAABA’s 2019 Annual Awards Night.  Outside of DAABA, Ashley enjoys snowboarding, wedding coordinating, and traveling.


Camille Mangana


Parkland Health and Hospital System

Camille is in-house counsel at Parkland Health and Hospital System. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in political science, and from Saint Louis University School of Law and School of Public Health in 2013 with a law degree and a Master of Health Administration.


Matthew Leung



Phil Kim


Haynes and Boone

Phil Kim is an attorney in Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice group. Phil focuses his practice on transactional and regulatory healthcare matters for clients seeking to navigate one of the most heavily regulated industries. He represents various types of providers, ranging from healthcare systems, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician groups (including non-profit health organizations, or NPHOs), home health providers, and other healthcare professionals in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and operational matters, which include licensure, contractual, and administrative issues.


Yoon Chae


Baker McKenzie

Yoon is an associate at Baker McKenzie, where he works on diverse IP and technology matters, with a focus on patent litigation. He regularly writes and speaks about IP law and ethics issues relating to artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. Yoon received his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 2012, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009.


Janet Landry Smith



Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Janet is an associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., where she practices in the firm’s litigation section. Janet’s practice includes representing clients in trademark litigation, trade secrets litigation, employment litigation and business disputes.  Janet earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in 2011 and her law degree from the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2015.  Janet and her husband, Steve, are fur parents to Hero, a yellow lab.


Jonathan Koh




Kristine Cruz




Shruti Krishnan

Advisory Director


Tabletop Media LLC d/b/a Ziosk

Shruti is General Counsel at Tabletop Media, LLC d/b/a Ziosk, which owns and manufactures a proprietary suite of tablet devices for use in casual dining restaurants. Shruti’s practice includes corporate, intellectual property, data security and privacy, and marketing/advertising law. Shruti graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology, and from UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with a M.S. in Biophysics. She received her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2010. Outside of DAABA, Shruti is a major foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants and hot spots around town.


Jason Shyung 

Advisory Director


Southwest Airlines Co.

Jason is an Attorney at Southwest Airlines Co. Prior to joining Southwest, Jason was an Assistant General Counsel at Accudyne Industries, LLC, a Senior Associate in Alston & Bird LLP’s litigation department, and he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Jason received a B.A. and B.S. in International Studies and Economics at Southern Methodist University and his law degree from the University of Virginia.  Jason recently got married to his wife, Diane Shyung, and the two of them enjoy good food and traveling.

Wesley Young

Advisory Director