Esther Cho is a shareholder with Keesal, Young & Logan in its Long Beach office. Esther’s practice focuses on securities, employment, and mortgage banking litigation, and she has defended financial services firms, with particular emphasis on securities brokerdealers, in judicial and arbitration proceedings involving claims for suitability, churning, fraud, negligence, violation of federal and state securities laws, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination and harassment. She has handled hundreds of cases filed in state and federal court and before securities arbitration forums such as the FINRA, NASD, NYSE, PCX, JAMS, and AAA. In addition, she has represented institutions and individuals in connection with regulatory enforcement investigations.
Esther’s practice also includes the defense of mortgage banking claims, particularly claims involving individual lending transactions. Esther acts as counsel with respect to a wide variety of matters including both origination and servicing of loans. Esther’s mortgage banking experience includes defending claims of wrongful foreclosure and fraud, claims involving promised or failed loan modifications, unfair business practices, RESPA, TILA, and FDCPA claims, lien priority disputes, and misapplication of payment allegations.
As part of her employment practice, Esther defends employers in judicial, arbitration, and administrative proceedings. In representing employers, Esther has defended cases involving claims of wrongful termination, constructive discharge, defamation, retaliation, breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, failure to pay wages, violations of unfair competition laws, and violations of the California Labor Code.
Esther handles appellate briefing and has argued before the California Courts of Appeal. Esther’s unreported appellate cases include Cole v. Chase, 2015 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7353 (Cal. 2d. App. October 13, 2015), and Pearlman v. Prudential Sec., 2004 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1376 (Cal. 2d. App. February 13, 2004).
Esther regularly represents and consults with clients on a wide variety of general business and litigation matters, including most recently a sizeable mechanic’s lien case in a bankruptcy action. Esther was recognized by Law & Politics Magazine as one of the Southern California legal community’s “Rising Stars” from 2006 to 2010. Esther currently serves on Keesal, Young & Logan’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Esther is also a member of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association.
Esther received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.