Wook Chung is a Partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Business Department. He serves as an outside general counsel to many corporate clients, from start-ups to multinational companies on a wide range of corporate management and business and real estate transaction issues.
His practice primarily focuses on commercial and real estate transactions, contract negotiations, and general labor & employment law. He also counsels clients on business disputes and risk management of their local or international business operations on all aspects of commercial, operational, and regulatory issues including those involving international shipping, inland, and logistics services. In addition, Wook advises clients on class action disputes, antitrust matters, and products liability litigation.
Wook also represents many corporate clients in various transaction matters including but not limited to debt collection cases. Notably, he has been appointed by Trustee of Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd. as a U.S. Trustee’s Representative (U.S. Bankruptcy Chapter 15 proceedings) to conduct multi-million dollar real estate liquidation cases and other collection claims nationwide on behalf of the Trustee and against various business entities in the United States.
Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Wook served as General Counsel to Hanjin Shipping America, LLC, and for its affiliated companies for nearly 10 years, handling and advising on various legal issues involving the management and the operation of their respective businesses.
Wook currently serves as one of the consultants for the members of a South Korean foreign trade promotion governmental agency called KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency). He had previously worked as a consultant attorney for a prominent law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas, where he provided counsel on international commercial transactions and litigation as well as labor and employment law issues. And he held various positions in Seoul, Korea, including as a foreign legal counsel to a prominent law firm in Seoul and as an Officer of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) (Ret. Captain) to the Republic of Korea Air Force (South Korea).
Wook received a J.D. degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2001 and received a B.A. degree from Rutgers University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics in 1998.
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Labor and Employment
Private Capital and Emerging Companies
Corporate and Securities
Maritime and Transportation
- Speaker, “US Policy and Enforcement Landscape on Container Detention and Demurrage Charges,” International Maritime Law Seminar (IMLS), June 2022
- Speaker, “Courts, Contracts, Commercial Leases, Insurance Coverage and Commercial Shipping during COVID-19,” April 2020
- Speaker, “Structuring and Financing Your Startup,” Korean Startup Summit NYC 2019, October 2019
- Speaker, “Issues in International Maritime Bankruptcy,” Association of Transportation Law Professionals 88th Annual Meeting, June 2017
- Speaker, “An Examination of the Interaction between Bankruptcy and Maritime Law and an Update and Implications for Assertion of Maritime Liens in the United States,” American Conference Institute’s 6th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation, January 2017
- Speaker, “Industry Effects of U.S. Sanctioning of Trade with Iran and Russia,” American Conference Institute’s 4th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation, February 2015
- Author, “Implementation and prospects of the New York Pay Transparency Law,” LawTimes, March 2023
- Author, “President Biden signs the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022,” June 2022
- Author, “More Authority to FMC and More Pressure on Carriers via Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022,” April 2022
- Co-Author, “The Newest Rule on Demurrages and Detention Will Likely Burden Many Ocean Carriers and Marine Terminals (MTOs),” June 2020
- Author, “Ocean Carriers Seek Emergency Anti-Trust Immunity,” March 2020
- Author, “Federal Maritime Commission and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration COVID-19 Update,” March 2020
- Co-Author, “NYC Startup & Beyond,” November 2019
- Co-Author, “Vessel Forfeiture Issues for Carriers Involved in U.S. Government Drug Trafficking or Other Criminal Investigations,” July 2019
- Co-Author, “Military Aircrafts and Products Liability Law,” Korea Air & Space Law Journal, Spring 2005
- Recipient, Republic of Korea Air Force Recognition for successful negotiation of procurement agreement of ROK military aircraft
- Recipient, Republic of Korea Air Force The Chief of Staff Award of Commendation for successful task force team project
- Recipient, Republic of Korea Air Force The Judge Advocates General Citation Award for successful task force team project
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- Board of Directors, Enerskin Company Holdings, LLC
- Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
- Rutgers University
Implementation and prospects of the New York Pay Transparency Law
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President Biden signs the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022
President Biden did not waste much time signing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (“OSRA 2022”) on June 16, 2022, after two days of being presented with the final […]
More Authority to FMC and More Pressure on Carriers via Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022
The US Senate unanimously passed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (“OSRA 2022”) on March 31, 2022. The version that the Senate has passed is not much different from […]
The Newest Rule on Demurrages and Detention Will Likely Burden Many Ocean Carriers and Marine Terminals (MTOs)
After more than seventeen months of fact finding and interim reports, and another eight months of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) process, on May 18, 2020, the Federal Maritime […]