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


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
US Tariff Trade War Self-Defeating
Foreign-Owned U.S. Subsidiaries Face Imminent Reporting Deadline For Federal Survey
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Russia Sanctions Bill
Trump Administration’s First Major Statement On Foreign Trade Affects Agriculture
Another New Day in Cuba: The Obama Administration Further Loosens U.S. Sanctions
Yates Memo in Action: No Cooperation Credit in FCPA Enforcement for Failing to Disclose Key Facts
Another Shoe Drops: More Changes to the U.S. Cuban Sanctions from the White House
Moving Forward with Iran: An Update on U.S. Business Interests and the Iran Nuclear Settlement
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Panelist at Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle Luncheon
Defense Department Proposes to Expand Applicability of Electronic-Counterfeit-Parts Regulations; Tens of Thousands of Contractors and Subcontractors—Including Small Businesses—Affected
U.S. Business Interests and the 2015 Iran Nuclear Settlement: A Critical First Appraisal

News & Press Mentions

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
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Presents at Asian American Economic Espionage Forum
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on Iran Nuke Deal
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Discusses Trump's China Tariffs
Dorsey Wins 12th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Award
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on US-China Cybersecurity Agreements
King County Bar Association Bulletin Profile "Nelson Dong: A Good Son"
IAM Patent 1000 Recognizes Six Dorsey Attorneys in "World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016"
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on International Data Monitoring
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Comments on New Espionage Rules
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong: As China Grows, U.S. Needs to be United
Nelson Dong quoted in Science on targeting of Chinese-American scientists by U.S. enforcement agencies
Dorsey Partner Nelson Dong Remarks on Chinese President Xi Visit
IAM Patent 1000 Recognizes Five Dorsey Attorneys in World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2015
Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle

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
  • 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