Assistant: Caron Pjanic
- J.D., Harvard Law School, magna cum laude (2010); Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Senior Editor; Harvard Law & Policy Review, Student Articles Editor
- B.A., University of Minnesota, Political Science and Global Studies, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2004)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz, Law Clerk (2011-2012)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, The Honorable James B. Loken, Law Clerk (2012-2013)
- Faegre & Benson LLP, Associate (2011)
- Minnesota Attorney’s General Office, Research Specialist (2004-2007); Citizens Assistance Analyst (2004)
X. Kevin Zhao brings experience gained from two federal clerkships—one with the district court and one with the court of appeals—to represent clients in public and private-sector litigation. Kevin represents private-sector clients in complex business litigation, intellectual property disputes, and insurance arbitrations, and has also defended public entities facing various statutory and common-law claims. In addition to counseling clients facing litigation, Kevin advises clients on regulatory-compliance matters, including trade compliance and export controls. He also has experience conducting sensitive internal investigations.
Kevin received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. During law school, he represented individuals seeking asylum as a member of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. Kevin continues to work with asylum seekers on a pro bono basis in partnership with The Advocates for Human Rights. Kevin received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, where he studied Political Science and Global Studies.
Kevin speaks Mandarin and enjoys international travel.
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- State Bar of Minnesota
- Federal Bar Association, Diversity Committee
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, Young Lawyers Group
AWARDS & OTHER RECOGNITION
- Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2014-2015)
- Graduate Fellow for Constitutional Law and Corporations, Harvard Law School
- Selmer Birkelo Scholar, University of Minnesota
- Cecil Larson Scholar, University of Minnesota
- William Jennings Bryan Writing Award, University of Minnesota
- “The Criminalization of Immigration and the International Norm of Non-Discrimination: Deportation and Detention in U.S. Immigration Law,” Journal of Law and Inequality, Volume 29, No. 2. (Summer 2011) (with Barbara Frey).
- American Constitution Society
- The Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Attorney
- Mandarin (conversational)
Compliance and Anti-Corruption
Government and Constitutional Litigation
Internal Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense