Brown Law Group | San Diego, CA
Chief Practice Officer
Partner, September 2019 to Present
Of Counsel, September 2014 to September 2019


Arlene R. Yang focuses her practice on employment counseling and litigation. Arlene advises companies on employment law issues, including wage and hour matters, leave issues, reasonable accommodations for disabilities, and employment policies. She also specializes in litigation in state and federal court and proceedings before administrative agencies.

After law school, Arlene clerked for the Honorable Daniel H. Huyett, 3rd in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Following that, she served as a litigator at the United States Department of Justice and at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Arlene developed expertise in labor and employment litigation and counseling as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – both at the Transportation Security Administration and at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Community Involvement:

Arlene is serving on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Club of San Diego, which works to advance the status of women in law and society. In 2017, she served as Vice Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. Arlene has extensive experience with non-profit arts organizations. She is currently serving as President of transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project and worked as a development professional for non-profit theater companies in New York City.

Personal Interests:

Arlene is married to Jose Lau, who is also an attorney and they have two children.  In her free time, she enjoys having outdoor adventures with her family in beautiful San Diego.

Bar and Court Admissions:

New Jersey
New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S.D.C. Southern District of California
U.S.D.C. Central District of California


New York University School of Law
New York, NY, J.D., 1994

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA, B.S. Chemistry, 1991

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Lawyers Club of San Diego, Board of Directors, 2018-present
  • transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project, President, Board of Directors, 2020-present; Board Member 2017-present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Committee, 2016-present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Vice Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2017
  • Hon. William B. Enright American Inn of Court, 2015-2018
  • Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, President, 2013-2014
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, Southern District of California, Member, 2018-present