Michelle Ng

Michelle Ng




Michelle’s clients have included U.S., and Chinese corporations with operations in both China and the U.S.  Fluent in Chinese, Michelle has assisted some of China’s largest and most active companies in cross-border disputes, including working abroad for two years in a highly reported international litigation.  Additionally, she has also completed a secondment in the legal and compliance department at a top-four Chinese bank with branches throughout the U.S.

Michelle actively writes on matters related to the China practice and bank regulatory issues. Her latest article, “The Failure of Anti-money Laundering: Where is the Cost-Benefit Analysis?”, which discusses issues with the current anti-money laundering regulatory regime, is now available in Notre Dame Law Review Online.  This is the second most-downloaded online law review article on the website.  She is also a contributing author of Dorsey’s monthly corruption digests, covering the development of the relevant legal issues in Asia.

Education & Admissions

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Law (J.D., 2012), Comments Editor, UCLA Law Journal of International and Foreign Affairs;
Comments Editor, UCLA Law Asian Pacific American Law Journal

St. John's University (B.S., 2009), summa cum laude; Gates Millennium Scholarship (awarded full-tuition for outstanding academic excellence)


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • English, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese


Representative Experience

  • Seconded as associate counsel for a top-5 Chinese bank’s federal branch in New York, handling regulatory and commercial contract related matters and advising on consumer compliance issues, including consumer disclosures; product development testing; and OFAC and BSA/AML issues
  • Assisted in defending a major financial institution against terrorism-related allegations in a major international litigation, including overseas depositions. The litigation was voluntarily dismissed by plaintiffs
  • Member of the litigation team defending a major U.S. mortgage lender in defense of discriminatory claims

News & Resources


Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - October 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - September 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - August 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - July 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - June 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - May 2018
Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co.
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - March 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - February 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - January 2018
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - December 2017
Senators Suggest Abuses Pending Implementation of the Federal Debt Collector Exception to the TCPA
District Court Stays Class Action in Favor of Arbitration
The CFPB’s Action Against the Country’s Largest Student Loan Servicer, Navient: Four Things You Need to Know Right Now
"What You Need to Know about CFPB’s Proposal to Ban Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Financial Contracts," Consumer Financial Services Legal Update
The New AML Regulations and Their Impact on Banks—Increased Compliance for Lending Transactions with Legal Entities
"Can Lenders Foreclose While a Borrower’s Loan Modification Application is Under Review?" Consumer Financial Services Legal Update
“The Failure of Anti-Money Laundering Regulation: Where is the Cost-Benefit Analysis?” Notre Dame Law Review
"Damned If You Do: Second Circuit Rules That Language Included In RESPA-Required Notice Begets FDCPA Violation," Consumer Financial Services Legal Update

News & Press Mentions

Can Blockchain Prevent Money Laundering?, Finextra

Select Presentations

  • Panelist, “E-Discovery Challenges in China,” Tsinghua University School of Law, March 26, 2018
  • Panelist, “Investigation and Litigation in China – eDiscovery Challenges,” Consilio Podcast Series, March 12, 2018

Industries & Practices

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • China
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Foreign Banks and Financial Institutions

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Named Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Member, New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) 
Michelle Ng