Nelson G. Dong
Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Seattle
Nelson G. Dong is a partner in the Seattle office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, a 600-attorney international law firm. He represents technology companies in venture capital financing, technology transfer and distribution agreements and other domestic and international technology and intellectual property transactions. He has substantial experience in counseling e-commerce, semiconductor, electronics, computer hardware and software, and biomedical and biotechnology companies with special expertise in domestic and international technology licensing, outsourcing and manufacturing in Asia and U.S. export control and national security matters. He is also co-chair of the firmís Technology Commerce Practice Group and Asian Law Practice Group.
He has frequently written about intellectual property law, U.S. export control law, technology-related business transactions between the U.S. and Asian or European countries, international strategic alliances, the Exon-Florio law on foreign investments in U.S. technology companies, university-based technology transfer, academic entrepreneurship, academic conflicts of interest and the financing and organization of high technology businesses. He has lectured on such topics throughout the United States and in Austria, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Spain, Hong Kong and the Peopleís Republic of China. He served on the editorial board of the digital legal periodical China Trade Law Report. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (an affiliate organization to the Council on Foreign Relations) and an associate member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He has been the 2006 and 2007 President of the Washington State China Relations Council, a trade promotion group.
He has served as a member of the Presidentís Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration, the nationís highest advisory group on U.S. export control policy (1999-2001). He has been active in the American Bar Associationís Section of International Law and Practice and previously served on the Executive Committee of the California State Barís Section on International Law. Nelson has also been President of the TechLaw Group (1996-98), an international consortium of leading law firms that serve high technology clients. He is a director, secretary and general counsel of the Committee of 100 in New York City, a national non-profit organization working for better U.S.-China relations and the civil rights of Chinese Americans. He is also a director of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association in Washington, DC.
Nelson was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston (1980-82); Deputy Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice (1979-80); and White House Fellow and Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, Department of Justice, Washington, DC (1978-79.
Nelson received his J.D. from Yale Law School (1974) and his A.B. from Stanford University (1971). He served on the Stanford University Board of Trustees (1978-82) and is a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee (2006-09).[July 2012]