Nelson Dong

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Nelson Dong is a partner in the Seattle office of Dorsey & Whitney, an international law firm. He represents technology companies in international business transactions and investments, particularly those involving U.S. export control or national security issues. He frequently speaks with trade and business groups about the growing business opportunities for investment and manufacturing in China and elsewhere in Asia.

Nelson has been president of the Washington State China Relations Council, the largest China-related trade promotion group in the Pacific Northwest, and is on the board of directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in New York City.

He was the 2010 president of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association. As a White House fellow, Nelson was assigned to Attorney General Griffin B. Bell at the U.S. Department of Justice in 1978-79 and later served as Deputy Associate Attorney General in the Carter Administration.

A public radio listener since the 1970s, Nelson is married to Diane Wong, a former journalist and executive director of the Asian American Journalists Association. He received his J.D. from Yale and his A.B. from Stanford University. He has served on the Stanford University Board of Trustees and was also a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee.