Sunny Hwang

Senior Associate

Los Angeles

By addressing potential issues before they arise, quickly snuffing out nascent controversies, and strategically litigating disputes, Sunny aggressively safeguards the interests of the world's most innovative companies and their founders, directors, and officers.  He practices in Orrick's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.  

A natural litigator, Sunny has successfully briefed and argued dispositive motions in federal and state court, including an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and first chaired litigation from inception through favorable resolution.  Sunny is adept at all stages of discovery, comfortable with cross-border disputes, and experienced in both government and internal investigations.  Sunny also has particular expertise with the nuances of alternative dispute resolution, including drafting and enforcement of both B2B and B2C arbitration provisions.   

Sunny jumpstarted his career by honing his research and writing skills as law clerk to Chief Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the Eastern District of California and judicial extern to the late Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit.  Before law school, Sunny served for several years as a trade attache for the French government, covering the oenology and viticulture sector.

An impassioned promoter of diversity in the legal profession, Sunny chaired or co-chaired the Los Angeles Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee from 2018 to 2021. 

Sample engagements include:

  • Representing the outside directors of one of the largest pharmaceutical distributors in the United States in multi-district opioid litigation
  • Representing the co-founder of one of the largest ENDS companies in the United States in a government investigation and in multi-district vaping litigation
  • Representing a special committee of the Board of Directors of a Bay Area startup in an internal investigation involving the founder and CEO
  • Representing a Russian rail conglomerate against a former executive in multi-district trade secret litigation
  • Representing a Chinese investor and entrepreneur in a dispute over control of a Delaware corporation
  • Representing one of France's largest multinationals in a dispute over payment of an earnout