Yena Hong is an associate in the Litigation Department. Her practice involves white collar defense and internal investigations as well as complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes and domestic and international arbitration. Yena has experience in various stages of criminal matters, litigation, and arbitration, including conducting investigations, coordinating different phases of discovery, drafting pleadings and other briefs, and preparing witnesses for evidentiary hearings. She has represented both individual and institutional clients based in the United States and outside of the country.
Yena also maintains a diverse pro bono practice with a focus on criminal and immigration matters. She has successfully represented numerous individuals seeking compassionate release, release from arbitrary detention, asylum, lawful permanent resident status, and reunification with family members. She is also involved in class actions seeking prison reform and improved conditions in public housing.
Yena received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. While at Fordham, Yena was an articles and notes editor of the Fordham Law Review and participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic. She also worked as an intern for a magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York, competed in mock trials as a member of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Program, and served as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Yena holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.