• 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 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 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.
  • Helped obtain dismissal of indictments due to prosecutorial misconduct after a fiercely-contested evidentiary hearing.
  • Represented a leading electronics manufacturer in a patent case filed in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Won dismissal of a complaint in an insurance matter before the Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Obtained a stay of deportation for a pro bono client in an immigration case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • 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.
  • Tried to verdict a number of criminal cases as a Special Prosecutor for the City of Burbank.

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 and Leadership

Mr. Yang is actively engaged in the broader community. For his community service, he was awarded the Russell Sakaguchi Distinguished Leader in Philanthropy Award.

  • Member, California Supreme Court's State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee
  • Member, California State Bar's Justice Gap Task Force
  • Member, 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
  • President-Elect, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County
  • Director, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Advisory Board Member, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • 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).
  • Founder and President, Jeff Sein Kwan Yang Memorial Scholarship 

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, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal (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 Stated District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit