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Sun Ah (Michelle) Park is a bilingual associate in the firm’s Construction Litigation group. She focuses her practice in the areas of Construction and Large Exposure, Catastrophe and Event Response litigation in state and federal courts.

Michelle excels in assisting clients in their legal challenges. Michelle’s experience with multiple business enterprises has helped her develop an exceptional client-centric approach with emphasis on performance and results. Clients particularly appreciate Michelle’s responsiveness, communication skills and diligence in devising cost-conscious legal strategies.

Furthermore, Michelle’s dedication and active involvement in the community has been recognized through her selection as co-chair of her law school alumni event to raise scholarships for students of color, serving as a member of the board of directors at a non-profit organization, sitting on a panel for a minority bar association, leading conversation on diversity and inclusion at her law school and publishing in-depth articles in a major Korean newspaper.

Prior to joining Cullen and Dykman, Michelle worked as a national counsel for multinational clients in their legal challenges in the United States and Canada, focusing on product liability defense.

While in law school, Michelle was competitively selected as a student attorney in the Immigration Justice Clinic, writing bills and coordinating legal strategy for a major political campaign, which subsequently became New York City law. After a summer internship in the White-Collar Crimes Bureau at the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, Michelle represented indigent clients for a year through the Criminal Defense Clinic.

Michelle has been selected for inclusion in Rising Stars for New York Super Lawyers in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, being selected as top 2.5% attorneys by her peers. She was also named as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in 2020 and in 2021 for Women In the Law. Michelle was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and has completed intensive mediation training along with judges and other seasoned attorneys.

Areas of Concentration:

  • New York Labor Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Large Exposure, Catastrophe and Event Response

Practice Areas

Industries

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Education

  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., Omicron Delta Epsilon, University of Washington, 2001,
    • Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, summer 2000

Representative Experience

  • Represented the biggest Korean American non-profit organization in New York related to the election law, embezzlement, non-profit law, and trademark infringement in both state court and federal court, obtaining favorable results for the client against AMLaw100. The case was featured in New York Times.
  • Represented a global risk service firm in the first impression case in New York involving a patented profit-sharing program for reinsurance and insurance companies in state, federal and appellate courts with co-counsel at AMlaw 100 firm.
  • Represented a cosmetic company in cannabis industry in advising the client with the 50 states’ evolving law related to different types of cosmetic products with CBD.
  • Represented an American global network company, a multinational fire/HVAC/security equipment manufacturing company, and multinational conglomerates that manufacture home electronics in defending product liability cases.
  • Represented a national propane company in a premise liability case involving a burn injury from hazardous materials.
  • Represented a European manufacturer of an industrial machinery for a product liability case which involved multiple-finger amputation injuries.
  • Represented an authorized dealer of an American motorcycle company in a product liability case which involved a leg amputation.
  • Represented a British motorcycle company with Lemon Law cases.
  • Represented a global aviation company, winning a summary judgment motion before any defendants were deposed in a slip-and fall case.
  • Settled a case for a computer battery manufacturer in a product liability involving burn injuries of a minor.
  • Represented a commercial hotel in Manhattan in an alleged sexual harassment case for the government investigation.
  • Represented a 12-year-old pro bono client to be reunited with his mother after 7 years of separation.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Executive Committee Chairperson, The Black Asian & Latino Law Students Association (BALLSA) Alumni Group, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2018-2021
  • Dean’s Counsel on Diversity and Inclusion at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2018-Current
  • Board of Directors, Minkwon Center for Community Action, 2016-2017
  • Member, International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2021, Women In the Law
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star in New York Metro Region, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2020
  • NYSBA Diversity Scholarship recipient for Mediation, 2017

Publications

  • “Doing Business in South Korea: What you and Your Client Need to Know”, CHART Exchange, Volume 3, Issue 11, December 2018
  •  “7 Things Business Owners Need to Know for Snowstorm”, Joong-Ang Daily, December 24, 2017
  • “Don’t Get Too Excited About the Zhang v. USCIS Decision Just Yet.” Insight, Wilson Elser, December 20, 2018

Foreign Languages

  • Korean