Overview

Ivy Gao is a tenacious litigator who specializes in all types of complex commercial and business matters involving contract disputes, fraud, investment issues, corporate governance disputes, and the protection of trade secrets. Ms. Gao is experienced in litigation from in-take to resolution. She has handled numerous hearings and her research and analysis have resulted in multiple winning motions and a published California Court of Appeal opinion.

Ms. Gao started her legal career in Beijing, China, where she represented multinational financial institutions and corporations in transactional investment banking and finance matters. She later resumed her study at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

During law school, Ms. Gao received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for achieving the highest grade in Property Law. She externed for Emerson Electric Co. at its global headquarters, assisting with international compliance issues and specific Chinese regulations. Ms. Gao also served as research assistant to Professor Peggie R. Smith and Professor Daniel R. Mandelker, and contributed to one published article on real estate zoning issues, particularly regarding manufactured homes in California. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and began practicing as a litigator.

In her spare time, Ms. Gao enjoys writing Chinese calligraphy, playing the piano, and reading.

Honors & Recognitions

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Property Law
  • Distinguished Exchange Student, University of Oxford, Oriel College

Representative Matters

Newstart Real Estate Inv. LLC v. Huang, 37 Cal. App. 5th 159 (Ct. App. 2019).

Practice Areas

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • Volunteer, Southern California Chinese Lawyer Association Pro Bono Clinic
  • Volunteer, Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles Pro Bono Clinic

Education

J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
LL.M., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
LL.B., China University of Political Science and Law
Exchange Student, University of Oxford, Oriel College

Admissions

  • 2016, California

Languages

  • Mandarin
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