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Debra Wong Yang, American lawyer, former prosecutor. Achievements include being the first Asian-American woman to serve as a United States Attorney, 2002. Named one of The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal, 2008; recipient Distinguished Alumni award, Pitzer College, 2004.


Yang, Debra Wong was born in 1959 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


Bachelor, Pitzer College, 1981. Juris Doctor, Boston College, 1985.


Associate Haight Dickson Brown & Bonesteel, Santa Monica, California, 1985—1987, Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon, Chicago, 1987. Law clerk to Honorary Ronald Lew United States District Court (central district) California, Los Angeles, 1988—1989. Attorney Greenberg Glusker, 1989.

Judge Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1997—2000, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2000—2002. United States attorney (central district) California United States Department Justice, Los Angeles, 2002—2006. Partner, co-chair crisis management practice group Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, since 2007.

Member Los Angeles Police Commission, since 2009.


Member of Asian Pacific Bar Association (Public Service award 2002, Trailblazers award 2003, Woman's Leadership award 2007), Asian American Bar Association, Southern California Chinese Lawyer Association.


3 children.