Michael Yang

Although Michael Yang was raised in the beautiful Bay Area of Northern California, he now proudly calls Wisconsin home. (He will gladly tell you all about how boring perfect weather is and how four distinct seasons builds character.) He received his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, his Master of Arts from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

While a law student, Michael worked with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Office of General Counsel as a law intern. His work at WisDOT included a wide range of practice areas such as contract law, condemnation law, real estate just to name a few areas. He also defended a number of administrative cases in front of the Division of Hearing and Appeals. As a student attorney for the Frank J. Remington Center’s Re-Entry Project, Michael assisted inmates in a variety of legal areas such as post-conviction sentence modification appeals, social security benefits, visitation rights and driving privileges. Michael has also represented clients in unemployment insurance claims before the Department of Workforce Development.

Prior to law school, Michael worked in a number of business areas. As a proxy analyst for Glass Lewis, he advised investors on shareholder votes. He also worked as international logistics coordinator for a number of Japanese corporations.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies, M.A., International Policy Studies, 2002
  • Cornell University, B.A., Asian Studies, 1998

Professional Memberships

  • State of Wisconsin Bar
  • Wisconsin Asian American Bar Association (WABA)
  • Dane County Bar Association (DCBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) International Law Fraternity
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Legal Experience

  • Law Intern, Wisconsin Department of Transportation – Office of General Counsel, 2012-2013
  • Student Attorney, Re-Entry Project, Frank J. Remington Center, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2011-2012
  • Student Attorney, Unemployment Appeals Clinic, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2013

Volunteer Activities

  • Director, Madison Japanese Language School
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Richard Dilley Tax Center
  • McBurney Disability Resource Center Speakers Bureau
  • FoodShare at the Dane County Farmers’ Market