Yuan (Grace) Zhong

Associate

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Grace Zhong is a litigation associate in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles Office. Grace represents a broad range of clients in complex litigation matters in court and arbitration related to contract disputes, corporate acquisitions, business torts, real estate litigation, and shareholder suits. She has extensive arbitration experience being a core team member in several evidentiary arbitration final hearings. She also counsels national companies in investigations by the United States Department of Justice, and counsels multinational companies through internal investigations. Grace maintains an active pro bono practice, including serving as a special Deputy City Prosecutor for the City of Redondo Beach and conducting free legal workshops for small business owners.

Languages

  • Mandarin (fluent)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California

Education

  • University of Southern California, J.D.: Editor, The Southern California Law Review; Am. Jur. Award
  • Zhejiang University, LLB, cum laude

Professional Activities

Externships

  • Honorable George H. Wu, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Honorable Scott H. Yun, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California

Memberships

  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, Board of Governors
  • Pro Bono Advisory Council of Advancing Justice-LA

Grace’s arbitration and litigation experience includes:

  • Obtained arbitration victory representing an international steel trading conglomerate, prevailing on all claims including breach of contract and intentional fraud; second chaired all ten depositions and a 5-day final hearing.
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar arbitration award after a 5-day arbitration hearing representing a large regional rail authority in a complex contract dispute.
  • Secured a multi-million judgment for an investor in a high-technology company in a two-phase JAMS arbitration for prevailing party fees incurred in a complex California superior court litigation.
  • Defended a high-technology company in a contract dispute, resulting in favorable settlement dismissing all claims against client.
  • Represented a national health care organization in response to a federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) inquiry from the Department of Justice.
  • Representing a leading medical device company in an AAA arbitration related to a high stake contract dispute.
  • Representing a national real estate investment and operating company in a dispute over assignment of leasehold interest in a commercial retail center.
  • Defending an underwriter syndicate in a securities fraud class action.
  • Defending a cloud services and digital media company against securities fraud claims.