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


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
U.S.-China Phase One Trade Deal: A Recap
Year-End Trade Deals Offer Hope for U.S. Business in 2020
U.S. Expert on China Agreement Provides Details, Warnings About the Deal
CFIUS and Its Proposed Regulations Expanding Jurisdiction - Foreign Investment in the United States will Face More National Security Reviews
Analysis: Hard to see any kind of ‘off-ramp’ for US, China to settle differences
Administration Reveals New Two-Phase Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Goods
International Trade Update: A Long Hot Summer of Trade Disturbances
Trump Administration Proposes New Tariffs on Chinese Products Spared from Prior Action
President Trump Authorizes Blocking Information and Communications Technology Transactions as Huawei is Sanctioned
Tariff Increase on Chinese-Origin Goods Signals Continued Impasse in U.S.-China Trade Negotiations, May Trigger Strong Chinese Reaction
Trump Administration Allows Lawsuits Against Persons Who Have Used Assets Confiscated by the Cuban Government, Imposes More Sanctions on Venezuela and Nicaragua
USTR Proposes New Import Tariffs on European Aircraft, Beverages, Food Items and Many Other Products
Farm Bill Opens the Door to Federal Aid to Market Agricultural Exports to Cuba
Trump-Xi Agreement Pauses U.S. Tariff Increases and Promises Some Uncertain U.S. Export Gains to China
U.S. Reimposes Economic Sanctions On Iran
CFIUS Announces Pilot Program: Mandatory Declaration Filings in Connection with Certain Transactions
United States to impose third set of Section 301 tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese-made products
Greater Scrutiny on Foreign Inbound Investments: Update on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018

News & Press Mentions

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
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong: Discussing the Impact of Tariffs on Supply Chains
Nelson Dong Appointed Adjunct Senior Fellow at East-West Center
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses China Tariffs and Trade War

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


Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual
  • 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