Joonho Hwang is an associate who is focused on advocating client positions involving various international trade law and intellectual property law matters, including trade remedies and Section 337 proceedings. Joonho brings a diverse background in problem-solving involving domestic and foreign government agencies, as well as honed skill in written and oral communication for an array of litigation settings. He is known for being thorough when it comes to legal research and analysis, as well as easy to work with while also anticipating the needs of everyone around him.
Joonho graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. While in law school, he was repeatedly recognized for his written and oral advocacy skills. Joonho was the co-editor-in-chief of the Illinois Law Update and assisted first-year law students as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing & Analysis. Joonho also won the First Place Best Oralist Award in the 2021 Touro Law National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion and served as a coach for the 2022 Thurgood Marshall National Moot Court Team. In addition, Joonho was selected as a finalist for the 2022 Paul M. Lisnek Awards for Excellence and Ethics in Trial Advocacy.
Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Joonho worked as a summer associate. In that capacity, he gained valuable experience in various matters involving customs law, international trade policy, and Section 337 proceedings. Joonho was also a legal intern in the Criminal Division of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Joonho was a research assistant to Professor Warren Lavey as part of the College of Law’s Environmental Law Pro Bono Clinic. In that capacity, Joonho conducted research and drafted research notes and a request letter to a federal agency to advocate for an underserved community’s right to safe drinking water. Additionally, Joonho served as a research assistant to Professors Jason Mazzone and Robin Wilson and researched the impact of the pandemic on eviction proceedings.
Before attending law school, Joonho worked at the Ministry of National Defense in Korea, where he supported high-level negotiations for a $10 billion Korea-U.S. construction program. Notably, Joonho received the Chief Director’s Distinction Award for excellence. After his service at the Ministry, Joonho further contributed to the construction program as an interpreter at a construction company.