Byoung Jo Kang (강병조) is a business lawyer with expertise in U.S. income tax. Mr. Kang often represents domestic business entities, international businesses, U.S. taxpayers abroad, and foreign taxpayers in the United States. Mr. Kang regularly advises high-net-worth U.S. and foreign individuals, families, multinational companies, as well as nonprofits, in connection with U.S. income tax issues. Mr. Kang frequently represents both domestic and foreign biotech, life sciences, and healthcare companies. Mr. Kang assists these entities with a wide variety of issues, primarily including formation to financing; federal and state regulatory matters affecting operations; and M&A negotiation and transactional matters.
Mr. Kang is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States Tax Court. Mr. Kang is a Virginia licensed Certified Public Accountant (licensed since 2005).
Mr. Kang earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law (2011), a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Regional Studies: East Asia from Harvard University (2002), a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Korean Literature from the Seoul National University (1999), and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Korean Literature from the Seoul National University (1997). Mr. Kang is fluent in Korean and Japanese.
Prior to establishing B.J. Kang Law, PC, Mr. Kang worked as an Attorney for Flott & Co., served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the National Communication Association, and as both the Controller and Vice President for the Middle East Institute (2007-2010). Mr. Kang was employed at Diamond Properties, LLC as the Assistant Controller (2006-2007) and was a financial staff member for the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (2002-2006). In addition, Mr. Kang practiced as an Enrolled Agent, for eight years (2004-2012), in front of the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Kang co-founded one of the first online education companies in South Korea (2000).
Josh Portman is a Business and Tax Law Partner at B.J. Kang Law, PC. Mr. Portman graduated from Georgetown University Law Center's Masters in Taxation (LL.M.) program (May 2014). Prior to joining B.J. Kang Law, Mr. Portman interned with the Chief Counsel at the Office of Tax and Revenue in Washington, DC.
Mr. Portman is admitted to practice law in both the state of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Prior to attending Georgetown, Mr. Portman earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Syracuse University College of Law (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), in Political Science, from the University of Vermont (2008).
Mr. Portman's primary tax studies, and academic interests, include international tax planning for inbound and outbound transactions, cannabis law from a business, taxation, and investor standpoint, and corporate law in general.
Mr. Portman has served on the Petworth Community Market Board of Directors since 2017 and is co-treasurer at the PCM.
Habeeb Syed (حبيب سيد ) is a Corporate and Securities Partner at B.J. Kang Law, PC. Mr. Syed also heads the ICO and STO Working Group of the Government Blockchain Association; speaks at, and organizes, blockchain conferences around the world; is active with startup and blockchain organizations in Washington, DC and California (bringing together regulators and the private sector to foster understanding and innovation); and serves on the executive committee of OPEN Washington DC, an organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship.
Before joining B.J. Kang Law, Mr. Syed worked with the Tax Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California and as a solo-practitioner.
Mr. Syed is admitted to practice law in the state of California.
Mr. Syed earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and International Relations with a Minor in Middle East Studies from the University of California San Diego (2010). Mr. Syed speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu, and is proficient in Arabic and Spanish.
Amanda Lee is a Outside Counsel Attorney at B.J. Kang Law, P.C. Ms. Lee practices corporate, transactional and immigration law at the firm.
Prior to joining B.J. Kang Law, P.C., she negotiated divorce settlements and zealously advocated for parents seeking custody and/or visitation of their minor children with a Fairfax firm serving clients on a sliding scale. Ms. Lee has also appeared before district and circuit court judges throughout Northern Virginia on behalf of creditor law firms and banking institutions in garnishment and summary judgment hearings. She formerly served as the firm’s law office administrator and is familiar with operations and client relations.
She is active in the Korean-American community and served as Director of General Affairs for the Korean-American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area from 2014 to early 2016 where she obtained the organization’s first-time competitive grant award from the Arts Council of Fairfax County and also succeeded in abating thousands of dollars in IRS taxes and accruing penalties for the organization.
Ms. Lee earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Law in 1994 and her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication from Cornell University.
Ms. Lee is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association.