Overview

Y. Douglas Yang is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Doug represents employers in high-stakes single-plaintiff and class action controversies before federal and state courts. He has significant experience in litigating cases from the filing of the legal complaint to the rendering of a verdict.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Doug served as a law clerk to the Honorable Helen Gillmor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. While in law school, Doug served as the Executive Editor of the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal.

Doug is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Judicial Appointments Committee, Amicus Briefs Committee, and Access to Justice Committee. In addition, Doug serves on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Experience

Experience

  • First chaired wage and hour trial involving allegations of unpaid bonuses in Ventura County Superior Court, resulting in favorable defense verdict.
  • Second chaired one-week ERISA bench trial involving legal issues of first impression in the Central District of California, resulting in favorable defense verdict.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against C-suite executives in trade secrets lawsuit.
  • Obtained dismissal of DLSE claim concerning alleged unpaid commissions brought by outside sales commissioned salesperson.
  • Successfully compelled individualized arbitration of putative class action plaintiff’s wage-and-hour claims.
  • Achieved approximately 98 percent reduction in damages and penalties sought by commissioned salesperson.

Insights

Education

J.D., Boston University, 2014, Edward F. Hennessey Scholar

B.A., University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2010, Phi Beta Kappa

Clerkships

  • Hon. Helen Gillmor, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii

Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
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