• University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 2007); Jurisprudence Award, Introduction to Intellectual Property; Student Writing Competition Award, Asian American Law Journal; Board of Advocates (Moot Court Board); Berkeley Technology Law Journal
  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 2004); High Honors; Phi Beta Kappa; Gordon and Ida Sproul Award; Student Life Achievement Award; Delta Chi Leadership Award


  • Hon. Barry G. Silverman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. S. James Otero, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Bryant Yang is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he is a member of the firm's litigation, white collar defense, and IP litigation practice groups.  Mr. Yang has experience in civil and criminal matters in state and federal court.  Representative matters include: 

  • Won an anti-SLAPP motion, achieved dismissal of the complaint, and obtained attorney's fees in a novel case involving the patent law doctrine of assignor estoppel and California's unfair competition law.
  • Obtained dismissal of indictments for mortgage fraud due to prosecutorial misconduct after a fiercely-contested evidentiary hearing.
  • Won a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and a motion for new trial, which vacated a $10 million verdict in a business tort case relating to internet protocol network products and services. 
  • Successfully convinced a federal prosecutor to drop a criminal investigation involving allegations of false statements, false claims, and major fraud for an integrated circuit design company and its founder. 
  • Represented an international licensing company in patent litigation before the International Trade Commission.
  • Defended a company in a trademark dispute with a Fortune 500 company and obtained a favorable settlement.
  • Won dismissal of a complaint in an insurance matter before the Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Represented a leading electronics manufacturer in a patent case filed in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Tried to verdict a number of criminal cases as a Special Prosecutor for the City of Burbank.

Mr. Yang has also successfully litigated several landmark pro bono matters:

  • Obtained the first-ever resentencing under the California Fair Sentencing for Youth Act and won a parole-suitability finding under Senate Bill 260 for a pro bono client who, as a result of Mr. Yang's efforts, gained freedom after spending more than two decades in prison.
  • Argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and obtained a stay of deportation for a pro bono client in an immigration case.
  • Won a motion to terminate formal diversion early and to dismiss all charges against a pro bono client, who was originally facing felony charges for resisting arrest and assault.
  • Represented a pro bono client against a University for violations of the Americans with Disability Act, which was settled on favorable terms, including a change in the school's policies.
  • Successfully obtained U-Visa eligibility for domestic violence survivor.
  • Recovered wages, damages, and reasonable attorney's fees for two undocumented garment workers.

Prior to joining Irell, Mr. Yang was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Barry G. Silverman, Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable S. James Otero, District Judge for the Central District of California.  As a Special Prosecutor for the City of Burbank, he tried misdemeanor cases for terrorist threats, child endangerment, petty theft, and unlawful use of a controlled substance.  Mr. Yang served as the Deputy Director of Voter Protection for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in Nevada. 

Mr. Yang earned his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law where he received the Jurisprudence Award in Introduction to Intellectual Property and the Student Writing Competition Award from the Asian American Law Journal.  He also served on the Board of Advocates (Moot Court Board) and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Mr. Yang received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, where he graduated with High Honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He also received the Gordon and Ida Sproul Award, Student Life Achievement Award, and Delta Chi Leadership Award.

Community Involvement & Leadership

Mr. Yang is actively engaged in the broader community.  

  • Member, California Supreme Court's State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee
  • Vice Chair, California State Bar's Committee on Administration of Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association's Legal Opportunity Scholarship Committee
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association's State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association's Committee on Adequate State Court Funding and Operations 
  • Commissioner, City of Monterey Park's Recreation and Parks Commission
  • President-Elect, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County
  • Advisory Board Member, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Founder and President, Jeff Sein Kwan Yang Memorial Scholarship 
  • Past Member, California State Bar's Justice Gap Task Force
  • Past Director, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Past Co-Chair of Young Lawyers Committee, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Past President, Greater Los Angeles chapter of OCA (formerly Organization of Chinese Americans)

Honors & Awards

  • The State Bar of California's 2015 Jack Berman Award of Achievement for distinguished service to the profession and the public
  • USC Public Interest Law Foundation’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • The Western Center on Law and Poverty’s “Rock Star” Award
  • Recognized as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Recognized as a "2015 Top Attorney" by Pasadena Magazine
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Russell Sakaguchi Distinguished Leader in Philanthropy Award

Selected Articles

  • AB 1659: Post-Verdict Motions in Civil Practice, Daily Journal New Laws (January 6, 2015) 
  • Unsettled Law on Recovering Fees Under Anti-SLAPP Statute, Daily Journal (July 28, 2014)
  • Using Arbitration Clauses in Class Action Settlements, Corporate Counsel (March 2014)
  • AB 218: Public Employers Can't Ask About Convictions, Daily Journal New Laws (January 21, 2014).
  • The Standard for Admitting Electronic Party-Opponent Admissions, Criminal Law Journal (Fall 2013).
  • The Rules for Scheduling Disclosure of Rebuttal Expert Testimony, Los Angeles Lawyer (October 2013).
  • Expert Advice: Pitfalls in Diversity Removal, California Lawyer Magazine (September 2013).
  • Troubled Indemnity, Los Angeles Lawyer (September 2011).
  • Tipping the Scale to Bring a Balanced Approach: Evidence Disclosure in Chinese International Arbitration, 17 PAC. RIM L. & POL’Y J. 41 (2008).
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit