Je Yon Jung has over 25 years of experience as a civil rights attorney. After clerking for the Honorable Linda K. Davis on the D.C. Superior Court, she began her legal career as an Honors Attorney for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division. While at the DOJ, she prosecuted pattern or practice civil rights cases throughout the United States’ federal district courts. Her practice areas included police misconduct; fair housing; fair lending; public accommodations; conditions in correctional facilities, juvenile facilities, and mental health hospitals; and access to reproductive health clinic entrances. While at the DOJ, her seminal cases included matters involving the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the LAPD, and the VIPD; the largest Title II hotel discrimination case against the Adam’s Mark Hotel; the first RLUIPA case; and the largest FHA design and construction case.
After 14 years with the DOJ, she went to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Office of Fair Lending, where she served as the Western Region Fair Lending Counsel for seven years. In addition to assisting with the “start-up” of a new federal agency, her cases included a $96 million settlement against American Express for discriminatory practices, and the CFPB’s first joint lawsuit with the DOJ to enforce the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) against National City Bank for charging higher prices on mortgage loans to Black and Latinx borrowers, requiring $35 million in restitution.
After a brief stint as the Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel at one of the fastest-growing minority-owned nonbank mortgage companies, Je Yon knew her calling was to enter the Plaintiffs’ bar. She now uses her 25 years of litigation experience on behalf of individuals and communities who want and need a fierce advocate and experienced attorney. In addition to representing multiple families of victims of police brutality and misconduct in Section 1983 actions across the country; she volunteers her time to lead a team dedicated to police reform in Los Angeles. She also serves as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on the In Re Zantac Litigation–a federal Multi-District Litigation on behalf of Zantac/ranitidine consumers. She has also filed a class action against the NCAA for discrimination against Black-student athletes at HBCUs.
Je Yon immigrated to the United States from South Korea when she was a young girl. She grew up in Colorado, and after law school in Columbus, Ohio, she made her home and family in Washington D.C. After 16 years in D.C., she moved with her family to the Bay Area for 5 years and then to Southern California, where she is now based. She now lives in Orange County with her husband and three children. In her “free” time, she is running to soccer practices and games.
One last thing…because nobody gets it right the first time, her first name is pronounced “Jay-yun.”
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