Esther E. Cho

Partner-in-Charge, Southern California

Esther E. Cho


Esther Cho is a seasoned litigator with a particular focus on securities and regulatory matters. She regularly represents financial services firms in state and federal court and before arbitral tribunals in proceedings involving violations of state and federal securities laws and related rules and regulations. Esther has defended institutions and individuals in connection with regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Esther currently serves as the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Southern California office.

Esther represents clients in mortgage banking matters regarding loan origination and servicing; claims of wrongful foreclosure; unfair business practices and payment misapplication; lien priority disputes; and claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).

In her employment practice, Esther argues on behalf of employers in cases related to unfair competition laws, harassment, discrimination, breach of contract, retaliation, defamation, hiring and wrongful termination, constructive discharge, privacy, failure to pay wages and the California Labor Code.

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Bar Admissions
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

  • Member, Advisory Board, Community of Legal Innovators
  • Member, Orange County Asian American Bar Association

  • Korean (conversational)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Modern Negotiations: Embracing Change and Best Practices for Success,” SIFMA C&L Conference 2024
  • Speaker, “Litigation and Arbitration Update,” SIFMA C&L Regional 2022
  • Speaker, “2022 Capital Markets Litigation and Regulatory Outlook,” CLE Webinar
  • Speaker, “Tipping the Scales Webinar: A Tale of Two Attorneys,” Community of Legal Innovators 2020
  • Speaker, “Increasing Diversity at Law Firms & In-House: The Role We All Play,” Women, Diversity & Change Summit
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  • The 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America
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In The Community

Esther serves on the advisory board for Community of Legal Innovators, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering future leaders in law as well as connecting students and employers committed to increasing innovation and diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal industry.
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