Shaoyao Yu is an intellectual property associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She routinely works on life sciences patent cases involving small molecules and has experience in pre-suit analysis and strategy. In addition to her litigation experience, Shaoyao has experience with IP due diligence.

Shaoyao has also been involved in several of the firm’s pro bono programs, including assisting with an asylum application and a legal name change petition.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2022New York


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of LawJ.D.cum laude2021

    Academic Excellence Award

    Judge John W. Calhoun Trial Practice Award

    Washington University Jurisprudence Review

    Trial Competition Team

    Giles S. Rich Moot Court Team

  • Tsinghua UniversityB.S., Biology2018