Soo Seok YangStaff | Medical Devices and Drugs
Soo Seok joined Beasley Allen in 2009 and is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Mass Torts section. Starting from Fosamax, he has been involved in various defective drug and medical device cases. For the past few years, he has been primarily working on ASR, Pinnacle and Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) cases.
Soo Seok was born in Seoul, South Korea, and first came to the U.S. as part of the U.S. Congress-Korea National Assembly Exchange Program with Congressional Internship in 2006. Graduating summa cum laude from high school (as his name literally means), he went to Handong Global University, a pioneering Christian university, where he double majored in Political Science and English. He graduated with Meritorious Commendation, an award given to a graduating member recognized for his outstanding contribution to the school.
After graduation, he applied for the Korean Air Force and finished the Officer Training School as sixth among about 400 candidates. He served in the Korean Combat Operations Intelligence Center (K-COIC) at the Osan Air Base and worked with the U.S. 7th Air Force to analyze North Korea’s military activities. He also served as the Co-President of the U.S.-Korea Company Grade Officers’ Council in the K-COIC. Before entering law school, he had a brief stint at a global clothing company where he was in charge of managing Liz Claiborne Men’s products. Then he worked for the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI), an educational policy research institute under the Office of the Prime Minister.
In December of 2007, he graduated cum laude from Handong International Law School (HILS), a Christian law school that teaches U.S. common law in English, also located in South Korea. He was the Lead Articles and Acquisitions Editor for the Regent International Law Journal in cooperation with HILS, publishing Extraterritorial Application of Korean Competition Law, 6 Regent J. Int'l L. 171 (2007). He was also selected to represent the school’s moot court team in the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
Interested in human rights issues, especially regarding North Korea, he was involved in a project commissioned by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Serving as the interview team leader, he and his team successfully located and interviewed a number of North Korean defectors and wrote a first draft and analysis for the lead research professor, which later came out as a publication titled A Prison Without Bars by the USCIRF in 2008. Active in serving various student bodies, he was awarded the Judge Richard S. Arnold Christian Leadership Award and the Nehemiah Exemplary Christian Leadership Award. More importantly, he met his wife Doh Ah Kim, a fellow classmate, and got married on campus during his graduating year.
After graduation, Soo Seok came to Montgomery, Ala., and interned for the Honorable Justice Tom Parker of the Alabama Supreme Court. He and his wife both passed the Alabama Bar Examination in 2008 and became the first few Korean Alabama attorneys. He pursued his LL.M. degree in intellectual property law at the George Washington University Law School with an emphasis on trademark and copyright. His thesis “Contributory Liability of Trademark Infringement: From Flea Market to Online Market Place” was later published in the Intellectual Property & Information Law Review in Korea.
Soo Seok believes that life is a gift from God and it is most important to follow the purpose He has given, which requires faith. He and his family felt that God was leading them to return to Alabama, and named their first child born in Montgomery as Abraham, remembering the journey of faith Abraham took.
Soo Seok enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He has been a praise and worship leader for the past 16 years. He participated in several professional Christian recordings and also appeared as King David in the musical The King, which was performed in one of the largest performing arts centers in Korea.
Soo Seok is a member of the Alabama State Bar and the Montgomery County Bar Association. He also serves as the Deputy Executive Director at the Korean American Association of Montgomery. He was given two commendation awards by the Federation of Korean Associations of Southeast USA for serving the Korean community of Montgomery in 2011 and 2012.
Soo Seok and his wife Doh Ah have three children, Yookyum Abraham, Yoojin Johanna, and Yooha Elijah. Both their parents serve as missionaries in Taiwan. Soo Seok speaks Korean and conversational Chinese. They are members of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery.
- Alabama (2008)
- Alabama State Bar
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- International Exchange Alumni by the U.S. Department of State
- Korean American Association of Montgomery
- Handong International Law School (J.D. equivalent, cum laude, 2007)
- The George Washington University Law School (LL.M., 2009)
- Handong Global University (B.P., B.A., 2000)
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