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Jiwon Yhee focuses her practice on business and employment dispute resolution and litigation, as well as antitrust and other commercial matters. Jiwon’s strengths lie in her practical approach to problem-solving and her ability to analyze and find solutions to the most complex issues and claims. Notably, she has served on client teams involving claims for damages in the tens of millions of dollars.

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As a litigator, Jiwon has worked on client matters spanning numerous industries and all stages of litigation in both state and federal court. In her commercial litigation practice, she represents clients in actions asserting breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts and claims. In her employment litigation practice, Jiwon focuses on the defense of corporations in employment discrimination and retaliation cases under Title VII, ADEA, ADA and other applicable state and federal statutes such as the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). Fluent in Korean, Jiwon has successfully defended clients with limited English ability or whose documents are primarily in Korean.

Jiwon also assists clients outside of litigation. Her experience includes drafting and reviewing the potential enforceability of confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, as well as sales representative and distribution agreements. Additionally, she also reviews antitrust issues such as price discrimination under the Robinson-Patman Act.

Prior to joining Masuda Funai, Jiwon worked for the Champaign County States Attorney’s Office where, with a 711 license, she represented the state in several trials.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2015; Elder Law Journal, 2013-2014, Administrative Editor, 2014-2015; University of Illinois National Trial Team; Phi Delta Alpha Trial Team
  • Princeton University, A.B., 2009; Certificates in East Asian Studies and Creative Writing, 2009; Oxford University, Fall 2007; Princeton in Beijing, Summer 2007; Yonsei University (Korean Language Institute), Summer 2006

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois

Languages

  • Korean
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Experience
Memberships
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Ninth Circuit Rules that Requiring Disabled Job Applicant to Pay for Post-Offer MRI Violates the ADA
Executive Summary Consider this scenario: Your team previously interviewed a job applicant for an open position at your company. The…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - August 2017
SAVE THE DATE: September 28, 2017 - Annual Seminar On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Employment, Labor and Benefits group will hold its…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - March 2017
IRS Publishes Substantiation Guidance for 401(k) Hardship Distributions By Frank J. Del Barto On February 23, 2017, the Acting Director of…
Litigation Snapshot for 2016
Victory Before the American Arbitration Association in New York City, July 8, 2016 Rein F. Krammer and David J. Stein capped off nearly…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - September 2016
Important Developments in Illinois Employment, Labor and Benefits Law By Frank Del Barto Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act Expands Usage…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - April 2016
California Supreme Court Delivers Good News for Employers With Respect to Arbitration Agreements By Jiwon Juliana Yhee Plaintiff Maribel…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - March 2016
Health Care Reform: Reducing Employee Hours to Avoid the ACA is No Game By Frank Del Barto On February 9, 2016, the U.S. District Court for…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - January 2016
Employment – A Limitation on the Enforceability of Forum-Selection Clauses in California By Jiwon Juliana Yhee Executive Summary: In…
Events
2018 Annual Complimentary Employment, Labor & Benefits Seminar
9.27.18
8:00 am - Registration and Breakfast 8:30-11:30 am - Presentations Continental breakfast will be provided
2017 Employment, Labor & Benefits Group Complimentary Seminar
9.28.17
EMPLOYMENT, LABOR & BENEFITS GROUP COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR Continental breakfast will be provided. Topics: The Trump Administration's…
Wage and Hour Webinar: Planning for the Release of the Final Rule
5.12.16
Wage and Hour Webinar: Planning for the Final Rule Join Frank Del Barto and Jiwon Yhee of Masuda Funai's Employment, Labor & Benefits Group…
News
Litigation Snapshot 2017
Highlighting a Few of our Litigation Practice Group Successes Bankruptcy: Equipment Supplier’s Victory Against Bankrupt Debtor, December…
Distinctions

Distinctions

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in White Collar Crime, International Law and the Federal Civil Rights Clinic, 2013-2015
  • Fulbright Scholar, research grant from the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education, 2010