Chief Justice, Chronicle LLC
During her more than 25 years in the legal field, Jan Kang has held positions in organizations focused on revolutionizing the industries that they inhabit. From high-tech to construction to telecommunications, Jan continues to immerse herself in industries where the risks are high and the rewards even higher. A long way from her youthful days at archaeology camp, Jan now spends her days looking to the future, rather than the past.
As vice president, general counsel and secretary for AOptix Technologies, Inc., a revolutionary wireless communications technology provider, Jan oversees the company’s legal function. Her broad expertise includes corporate governance, contracts, litigation, financing, labor and employment law, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property. Jan is AOptix’s first in-house lawyer and key to helping AOptix navigate its position as a pioneer in ultra-high capacity wireless communications.
Prior to joining AOptix in May 2014, Jan was general counsel for a number of companies, including Cupertino Electric, Inc. (where she also served on the Board of Directors), Prism Solutions, MyTeam and Asera, a Vinod Khosla-founded company, and associate general counsel at Lam Research Corporation. Jan worked overseas in Seoul as a foreign legal consultant for the law firm of Shin and Kim and started her career with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Los Angeles, California.
Jan’s quest for like-minded women led her to found WGCN, Women’s General Counsel Network, which at more than 220 members strong is still growing. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Asia Pacific Fund and a member of Bay Area Asian American General Counsel. In 2014, Jan was a winner of the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal 2014 Corporate Counsel Awards in the Community Champion category, was named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Business Journal and one of The Recorder’s 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law and chosen as Legal Professional of the Year by the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California.
Jan earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. She lives in San Carlos with her husband and three children where she can be found many nights building Legos creations with her boys and attempting to moderate her husband’s wine purchases and daughter’s shoe collection.