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Catherine Yang

Baker & McKenzie LLP
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction


Catherine Yang is an associate in the Baker McKenzie's Chicago office and a member of the Banking Finance & Major Projects Group.

Practice Focus

Catherine focuses her practice on a wide range of environmental issues, including federal and state air quality regulations, enforcement actions, permitting, environmental litigation and transactional matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Provided compliance review and counseling on secondary containment and spill prevention requirements for national oil services provider.
  • Advised on and provided analysis of various waste characterization and reuse matters, including enforcement matters with EPA.
  • Assisted with the environmental support and due diligence for corporate transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures of contaminated properties.

Prior to joining the Firm, Catherine handled the following matters:

  • Provided transition support for air, water, hazardous substance, and other environmental permits in connection with spin-off of subsidiary of a major chemical manufacturing company.
  • Assisted with the advocacy on project aggregation and other air emissions and permitting issues relating to multi-stage development at bulk storage terminal.
  • Advised on radiation and explosives permitting issues in multiple state and foreign jurisdictions, including management of enforcement action involving missing radiation source.
  • Assisted with the advocacy and defense in an enforcement matter, including negotiation of agreed order, relating to motor vehicle air emissions in California.
  • Developed administrative comments on behalf of industry group on state emission credits rulemaking.


  • Texas~United States (2013)


  • University of Chicago Law School (JD) (2013)
  • Rice University (BA cum laude) (2010)


  • English


Author, “Recent Developments in Emissions Banking and Trading," AFPM Environmental Conference, October 2015

Author, “Can North Dakota Flaring Problem Become Natural Gas Industry Advantage?” Oil & Gas Monitor, August 2014