Ling Yao

Associate New York City
Ling Yao

Ling represents clients in complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations.

Experienced in both civil and criminal proceedings in the U.S. and beyond (including China and Canada), she helps clients mitigate risk and resolve complex business disputes.

From business fraud and product liability to white collar defense and government investigations, from breach of contract to labor and employment, Ling has handled litigation for clients across multiple industries, such as health care, chemical, semiconductor, manufacturing, energy, real estate and government. She takes pride in providing clients with dedicated and creative representation to resolve disputes promptly and successfully.


Education & Admissions

  • University of California Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2021
  • Nanjing University School of Law, B.L., 2018
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • Mandarin


Representative Matters
  • Representation of a multinational chemical corporation in product liability actions where the plaintiffs claimed billions of dollars of damages.
  • Representation of investors in cross-border disputes involving claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Defense of a health insurance company in an alleged violation of the False Claims Act.
  • Representation of an energy supplier in contract disputes involving claims of misrepresentation and breach of contract.
  • Representation of a semiconductor manufacturer in a government investigation for violating export control regulations.

Speaking Engagements

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  • Moderator, “Celebrating Pride Month: A Fireside Chat with Bendita C. Malakia,” Phillips Lytle’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, June 2023

Activities & Professional Associations

Past Activities

  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Ming W. Chin, Supreme Court of California, 2020
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Qiu Xiaomin, Supreme People’s Court of the PRC (Third Circuit Court), 2017-2018
  • Judicial Extern, Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
    • International Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section

Articles & Publications


  • Co-Author, “White Collar Corner: Time to Voluntarily Self-Disclose? What to Know About DOJ’s Recent Policy Revisions,” The Daily Record, March 30, 2023