Soo Seok YangStaff | Medical Devices and Drugs
“Soo Seok and his family came to the U.S. in 2008 from Korea. He came to work with us on August 20, 2009, and has become a most valuable addition to the firm.”
-Jere Beasley Report, February 2011
Soo Seok is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Mass Torts section. Starting with 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) litigation. Currently, he is focusing on Xarelto (rivaroxaban) blood thinner MDL litigation (MDL No. 2592), working for the Discovery Committee. Xarelto has been linked to serious injuries including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeds, brain hemorrhages, bleeding death and other bleeding side effects.
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, 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 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 they named their first child born in Montgomery after the biblical Abraham, remembering the journey of faith he took.
Soo Seok is a member of the Alabama State Bar and the Montgomery County Bar Association. He also serves as the 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 was selected by the Alabama State Bar to be one of 30 lawyers in the State Bar’s 2017 Leadership Forum. The forum is a highly competitive program designed to bring together and train tomorrow’s leaders of the Bar from across the State.
Soo Seok is a member of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, where he serves as a deacon, and a praise and worship leader for the International department. He enjoys singing, writing songs and playing the guitar and has participated in several professional Christian recordings. He has also appeared as King David in the musical The King, performed in the KEPCO Art Center, one of the largest performing arts centers in Korea. A First Degree Black Belt with the Korea Taekwondo Association and Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters), Soo Seok was trained in Taekwondo and Judo, and plays tennis.
Soo Seok and his wife, Doh Ah, have four children: Yookyum Abraham, Yoojin Johanna, Yooha Elijah and Yooeun Hannah Grace. Both their parents serve as missionaries in Taiwan. Soo Seok speaks Korean and conversational Chinese.
- Alabama (2008)
- Alabama State Bar
- Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum (Class 13)
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- International Exchange Alumni by the U.S. Department of State
- Korean American Association of Montgomery (Executive Director)
- Commendation award from the Federation of Korean Associations of Southeast USA (2011/2012)
- 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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