Ivy Gao graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law with her J.D. degree. Before that, she obtained a Chinese law degree (LLB) from China University of Political Science and Law, Civil, Commercial and Economic Law School, and was honored as a Distinguished Student while studying through an exchange program at the University of Oxford, Oriel College.
Ms. Gao started her legal career at Dentons, LLP in Beijing where she represented multinational financial institutions and corporations in investment banking and finance matters. After studying the U.S. legal system and graduating from a United States law school, she moved to Los Angeles and became a litigator. Ms. Gao has largely focused her practice on all types of commercial and real estate litigation including matters involving contract disputes, fraud, investment issues, corporate governance disputes, and the protection of trade secrets.
Ms. Gao is a tenacious litigator experienced in all types of pre-trial and post-trial motion practice. She has handled numerous hearings and her research and analysis has resulted in numerous winning motions and a published California Court of Appeal opinion.
During law school, Ms. Gao received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for achieving the highest grade in Property Law. In her last two years of law school, she 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 and manufactured homes. She also externed for Emerson Electric Co. at its global headquarters, assisting with international compliance issues and specific Chinese regulations.