Catherine Yao is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Yao served as a summer associate in the Washington D.C. office. She also worked as an intern in the Operations and Enforcement Law Division of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of General Counsel, as well as an intern in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. During law school, Ms. Yao worked as a research assistant on issues related to international law, use of force, and treaty obligations, and as a law clerk in the University of Michigan’s General Counsel Health System Legal Office.

Ms. Yao earned her BA in Religion from Dartmouth College, where she also minored in Ethics. She earned her MPH in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2016
  • MPH, University of Michigan, 2016
  • BA, Dartmouth College, 2010