Joe Yang

Senior Counsel

Joe Yang is a Senior Counsel in the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel.  Mr. Yang primarily advises governments in South Asia and Southeast Asia. 

Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Yang was a partner with the law firm of Kennedy & Graven where his practice included representation of local government units in economic development projects.  He took a two year sabbatical from the practice of law and moved to Shanghai, China where he started his own sourcing company that imported agro-chemicals from China to the United States.  During that time period, Mr. Yang also served as a corporate trainer for Target Corporation’s sourcing arm located in Shanghai.  During another break from private practice, Mr. Yang served as a Professional Errors and Omissions Attorney for Travelers Insurance Company managing litigation for the company’s high exposure professional liability lawsuits. 

Mr. Yang received his juris doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.  He is admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota.  Mr. Yang has worked and traveled throughout China and speaks intermediate Chinese and Taiwanese.  He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Yinghua Academy, one of the leading Mandarin immersion schools in the United States.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop