Janet Hong has always had a passion for representing the “little person,” whether it be in defense of the accused against an aggressive prosecution, on behalf of someone injured by negligence, or on behalf of an employee against a large corporation with unlimited resources.
Janet has a wealth of experience in both criminal and civil law. She has conducted over 40 jury trials in New York and California, including four murder trials. She has represented hundreds of individuals charged with all types of crimes, including DUI, Assault, Battery, Forgery, Fraud, Hit-and-Run, Prostitution, Possession of Weapons, Possession/Sale of Drugs, Kidnapping, Robbery, Burglary, Sex crimes, and Murder.
She has also represented those who have been injured by the negligence of others as well as employees who have experienced harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace and wage and hour violations.
Her unique background in criminal and civil matters, in government and private practice, and in the New York and California courts, has made her into an advocate that not only commands a courtroom but can also win a case on paper.
In college, she majored in African-American Studies at Columbia University, earning the highest G.P.A. in her major. She graduated from Columbia with high honors. At USC Law School, she served as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, competed in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and worked with inmates through the Post Conviction Justice Clinic.
Giving back to the community is a big priority for Janet. Not only is she the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, she regularly mentors law students and newer attorneys in the practice of law. She is a volunteer judge for local college mock trial and law school moot court competitions, and she is a Board Member for The KW Lee Center for Leadership, a youth leadership organization in Koreatown that trains young people in the art of community organizing.
Janet is a former college basketball player, marathoner, triathlete, and a two-time Ironman Finisher (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). She is a world traveler, having been to all seven continents, most recently to Antarctica.
USC Law School, J.D. 2002
Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1998
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
– Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Board of Governors, Diversity Co-Chair
– Beverly Hills Bar Association, Executive Committee, Personal Injury Section
– Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Plaintiff Trial Academy Graduate
– Los Angeles County Bar Association, Indigent Criminal Defense Appointment Panel
– Criminal Law Section, State Bar of California
– Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance
– Asian Pacific American Bar Association
– Korean American Bar Association