Phil Yao

Associate

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  • JD, Yale Law School, 2019
  • MSc, MBA, University of Oxford, 2015
  • AB (Physics), summa cum laude, Harvard College, 2013

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 2019

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2020
  • Honorable Jeffrey R. Howard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Phil Yao

Associate

Phil Yao is an associate in the firm's litigation & enforcement and IP litigation practice groups. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, appellate litigation, government investigations, patent litigation, and education law.

Prior to rejoining the firm in 2021, Phil clerked for Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. During law school, Phil served as the editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and he also served for several years as a research assistant to California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu. Additionally, Phil interned in the Civil Rights Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to law school, Phil received graduate degrees in education and business from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree in physics, summa cum laude, from Harvard College.

Experience

  • Represented leading financial firm in assessing risks and producing report surrounding 2016 U.S. presidential election.
  • Represented director of national agricultural producer in derivative action asserting breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented prominent vehicle manufacturer and its directors and officers in derivative action.
  • Represented global food company in patent infringement suit in filing petition for certiorari and subsequently in federal district court litigation. 
  • Represented various Boston-area small businesses in securing COVID-19 governmental relief. 
  • Represented Colombian family of Steppingstone Scholar in securing cancellation of removal from U.S.
  • Represented special needs student in negotiations with school district for out-of-district placement. 

Publications

  • Author, “Mergers Between Higher Education Institutions: Regulatory Considerations, Antitrust Concerns, and Best Practices,” Journal of Law & Education, Volume 49 (2020) 
  • Co-author, “Who’s Going to Law School? Trends in Law School Enrollment Since the Great Recession,” University of California Davis Law Review, Volume 54 (2020)

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Trends in Law School Enrollment,” Harvard Law School, Legal Profession Seminar (Prof. David Wilkins) (February 2020)
  • JD, Yale Law School, 2019
  • MSc, MBA, University of Oxford, 2015
  • AB (Physics), summa cum laude, Harvard College, 2013

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 2019

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2020
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