Minyao has more than a decade of experience at both the trial and appellate levels. Minyao has achieved high-stakes victories in bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations. Minyao’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds, institutional investors, insurance companies, start-ups and high net-worth families in the U.S. and abroad. He has recovered, on behalf of his clients, billions of dollars from some of the largest banks, financial institutions, and auditing firms in the world.
Minyao is noted for his expertise in complex business litigation, bankruptcy litigation and cross-border litigation. A former law clerk to Chief Judge Carla E. Craig of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, he has represented official committees, trustees, and offshore liquidators in complex chapter 11 cases, including those of Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, Relativity Media, Newpage and Station Casinos.
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Minyao represented institutional clients in lawsuits against the major global banks regarding the sale of defective residential mortgage-backed securities. He was a lead associate on a team that recovered hundreds of millions of dollars through settlements.
Minyao is also an experienced cross-border trial lawyer. He has been quoted on international legal issues by Law360 and other publications. Minyao is one of the very few U.S.-raised and U.S.-educated trial lawyers who are fluent in written and spoken Chinese. As a result, he is a uniquely formidable courtroom advocate for and against Chinese entities. For example, Minyao was a key member of a trial team that won a $100 million arbitral award against a major Chinese corporation. That case turned on Chinese documents and Mandarin-speaking fact witnesses. An effective cross-cultural negotiator, Minyao has also represented multiple Chinese parties in reaching confidential favorable settlements with their U.S. adversaries without resorting to litigation.
Minyao participated in the American Bar Association’s Diverse Leaders Academy program. At the ABA, he currently co-chairs the Fiduciary Duty Subcommittee of the Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee.
Minyao has also briefed pro bono human rights cases in federal appellate courts for prominent NGOs.
Minyao graduated with honors from Duke University and Duke University School of Law. Minyao grew up in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.