Nelson G. Dong

Nelson G. Dong




A partner in Dorsey's Corporate group, Chair of the National Security Law practice and co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific practice, Nelson 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 matters.

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, Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China.

Prior Experience
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, D.C. (1978-79).

Education & Admissions

Yale Law School (J.D., 1974)

Stanford University (A.B., Economics, 1971), Phi Beta Kappa


  • Minnesota
  • Washington

News & Resources


BIS Considers Export Controls on Neurotechnology and Adds New Controls on Genetic Sequencing Software and Intrusion Software
What To Watch As USTR Considers Chinese Tariff Exclusions
U.S. National Security Issues in Cross-Border Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Deals
U.S. Trade Representative to Weigh Reinstatement of Certain Section 301 Tariff Exclusions
U.S. Government Expands Restrictions on Exports to China, Iran, and Russia and Issues New Business Advisory Regarding Forced Labor in Xinjiang
Biden Administration Revises and Expands Restrictions on U.S. Person Investment in Chinese Companies and Releases New List of “Chinese Military Companies” Under 2021 NDAA Section 1260H
U.S. Reimposes Economic Sanctions On Military Regime in Burma
U.S. Department of Commerce Sanctions Seven Chinese Supercomputer Firms
U.S. Court Blocks Trump-Era Trading Ban on Xiaomi Stock
New U.S. Government Review Process Effective March 22 for Information Communications Technology and Services from China, Russia and Other “Foreign Adversaries”
Court Calls into Question Securities Trading Restrictions on Entities Designated as Communist Chinese Military Companies
U.S. Expands Xinjiang Regional Import Restriction to Cover All Cotton and Tomato Products
Trump Administration Revises List of State Sponsors of Terrorism
U.S. Government Sanctions Chinese and Russian Entities and Creates New Military End User List
Trump Administration Seeks to Ban Transactions Using Popular Chinese Mobile Apps
U.S. Customs Bans More Textile Imports From China
Trump Administration Bars U.S. Investments in Certain Chinese Companies Linked to Chinese Military
U.S. Customs Authorizes Seizure of Stevia from China for Alleged Use of Forced Labor
U.S. Bars More Imports and Weighs Broader Measures on Cotton From Xinjiang, China
CFIUS Abruptly Imposes New Notice Filing Fees
Certain Tariff Deferrals Possible for U.S. Importers Whose Revenue Has Sharply Declined
United States Bans Exports of Certain Personal Protective Equipment with Potential for Further Export Restrictions
Chemical Industry Update - March 2020
INSIGHT: Research Institutions Under DOJ’s False Claims Microscope After Chinese Influence Settlement
CFIUS Expands Foreign Investments Subject to Scrutiny with Significant Carve-out for Canadian, Australian and U.K. Investors

News & Press Mentions

Nelson Dong: 'Now, more than ever, U.S. businesses need to remain active in their various trade associations'
Dorsey Congratulates Nelson Dong on Being Named One of PSBJ's 2021 Directors of the Year
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Remarks on Biden Focusing on US-China Trade
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Remarks on Huawei and US Sanctions
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses Another Huawei Ban
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on US-China Tariffs and COVID-19
Dorsey & Whitney Expands “China Initiative” Task Force
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on Trade and the Coronavirus Outbreak
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on US-China Trade Policies
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses China Cutting US Tariffs
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on Harvard Chemist with China Ties
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on Tariffs Impacting Construction in 2020
U.S. May Be Losing Out With Bilateral Trade Deals: Nelson Dong
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses Phase One Tariff Agreement
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses How Tariffs Will Impact 2020
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Remarks on US Huawei Ban
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses How China Tariffs Will Affect Black Friday
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses US-China Resuming Trade Talks
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses No Trade War Solution--US Growth Falls
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses Negative Impact of US-China Tariffs
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses US-China Reactions and Counter-Reactions
Dorsey Congratulates Nelson Dong on Being Named to Lawyers of Color Nation’s Best
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Remarks on US Sanctions for Huawei
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on More China Tariff Hikes
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Remarks on China Tariff Hikes

Select Presentations

  • Panelist, “Export Control Reform and Industry,” ICE Seattle Export Control Seminar, October 2013
  • Presenter, “Cyber Security and International Travel,” ICE Seattle Export Control Seminar, October 2013
  • Presenter, “Recent Developments with CFIUS,” Dorsey U CLE Program, July 17, 2013
  • Panelist, “Chinese Companies’ Outbound Investment in the United States,” Fourth Fudan EMBA New York Forum, Bank of America Tower, May 6, 2013
  • "Going Global: Ensuring Compliance with U.S. Law," Dorsey Symposium for Corporate Leaders, February 2009

Industries & Practices

Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Canada
  • China
  • Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Europe
  • FinTech
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • National Security Law
  • Technology Commerce

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Director, National Committee on U.S. – China Relations
  • Member, KUOW Board of Directors
  • Director, Washington State China Relations Council
  • Member, President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration, 1999-2001 and 2010-present
  • Associate Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member of the Committee of 100 (a national non-profit organization working for better U.S.-China relations and the civil rights of Chinese Americans)
  • President, TechLaw Group (an international consortium of leading law firms that serve high technology clients), 1996-99
  • Member, American Bar Association, Sections on Business Law and International Law and Practice and Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association


Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020  Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual
  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020
  • Dorsey & Whitney – Scales of Justice Team Award (The World Ventilator Foundation), 2021
  • Named one of Puget Sound Business Journal's (PSBJ) Directors of the Year, 2021
  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions), 2018
  • Recognized in IAM Patent 1000 - World's Leading Patent Practitioners, 2013
  • Named a “Top Rated Lawyer” in Technology Law by American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2011
Nelson G. Dong