Qian Julie Wang



Clients turn to Qian Julie Wang for her gift for storytelling and her talent for bringing the law to life through compelling, cogent narrative. Clients have remarked that Julie is “exceptionally talented and well-rounded”; “highly intelligent”; and “eloquent” and “extremely persuasive.” They’ve also noted that she has a “vast” knowledge of the law, which, combined with her close attention to detail, allows her to truly understand their story and perspective.  

Clients also seek Julie out for her rare panoramic insight into the litigation process, gleaned from her unique experience with every stage of litigation—from pre-filing settlement through final appeal—and from her roles on both sides of the “v.” as zealous advocate; friend to the court; judicial clerk; public servant; and court-appointed pro bono counsel.  

Julie has particular experience with legal malpractice litigation. She had led some of the largest legal malpractice cases in history, and has often resolved them quickly and with highly favorable results, even before filing. She also has extensive expertise in appeals: aside from having clerked on two appellate courts, Julie has briefed and argued over 40 civil cases in the New York state appellate courts and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has authored two amicus briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court, including one filed on behalf of 31 major municipalities.


An immigrant who grew up in New York’s inner city in undocumented status, Julie is deeply passionate about giving voice to the marginalized. She dedicates her pro bono practice to advancing the rights of immigrants and women. She currently serves on a panel of appellate attorneys selected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to provide to indigent litigants the highest quality representation in cases of first impression. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, “Beautiful Country: A Memoir of an Undocumented Childhood,” forthcoming fall 2021 with Doubleday (North America) and Viking (UK and Commonwealth). 

Julie graduated from Yale Law School in 2012, and she is an active alumna and mentor for women and minorities in that community. After law school, Julie clerked for Judge Morgan Christen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Peter Maassen on the Alaska Supreme Court. Julie was also an appellate and commercial litigation associate in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices of a large international law firm. Prior to joining Robins Kaplan, she served as senior counsel in the Appeals Division of New York City’s Office of Corporation Counsel.


Representing Lush Limited in direct and shareholder derivative suit for a global, multimillion-dollar cosmetics retailer.

Representing B. Riley Financial Inc. in legal malpractice suit evolving from a billion-dollar merger.

Served as lead associate in a plaintiff-side, billion-dollar legal malpractice suit that resulted in a highly favorable settlement.

Served as lead counsel and primary brief author in a complex administrative appeal involving a zoning statute that spanned thousands of pages. Argued the appeal before the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and secured a rapid and unanimous reversal. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Served as lead counsel and primary brief author in the defense of an employment discrimination suit against a government entity. Argued the appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and secured a unanimous affirmance. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained favorable settlement for a leading sweetener company in connection with a putative class action alleging false advertising violation. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Obtained favorable settlement for a multinational information technology company in connection with a suit alleging breach of contract and employment discrimination. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Part of a team that successfully defended a leading multinational technology company in trademark opposition proceedings. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Co-authored amicus brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 31 municipalities related to transgender rights. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Co-authored amicus brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court related to the doctrine of laches in copyright and patent law. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

  • Yale Law School, William S. Beinecke Scholarship, awarded to outstanding minority students (2010-2012)
  • Yale Law School, Knight Law and Media Scholar (2009-2012)
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Diversity Fellowship (2011)
  • Central Synagogue, Community Organizer and Small Group Leader (2020- Present)
  • Animal Haven, Volunteer (2016-2018)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Spoken Languages
  • Mandarin
  • Yale Law School, J.D. (2012); Yale Law Journal, Executive Development Editor (2011-2012), Editor (2010-2011)
  • Swarthmore College, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Chinese, cum laude (2009)
Professional Associations
  • New York City Bar Association

  • “When the Screen Becomes the Lectern: Five Tips for Handling Appellate Arguments During A Pandemic,” ABA Appellate Issues 2020 Special Edition (May 27, 2020)

  • Deposition Strategies & Techniques: Honing Your Skill and Finding Your Style 
    Lawline, Webinar, (June 5, 2020)
June 5, 2020


Links to full publications and news releases.


Fall 2020
Conservation Easement Deductions: How Recent Tax Law Developments Have Created A New Area of Legal Malpractice Litigation
Craig Weiner, Qian Julie Wang, Alexander Newman - REAL TALK: The Robins Kaplan Business Law Update Fall 2020
August 20, 2020
June 3, 2020
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