Scott Andrew Yang is a Deputy District Attorney, former small business owner and immigrant who truly understands what it means to live the American dream.

Born in Long An, Vietnam, Scott and his family were forced to flee their home country in 1979. One of Yang’s earliest memories is stepping off the plane in Grand Rapids, Michigan and thinking, “Wow… we are finally here in America.”

The family of six had endured two years wandering as refugees, going through four refugee camps across Southeast Asia. When they finally made it to the United States, no one spoke a word of English. And with limited education and no other family in the US, they had to rely on each other, their faith and hard work.

The Yang family settled in the Los Angeles Community of Echo Park in 1984, where Scott attended Betty Plasencia Elementary, Virgil Junior High, U.S. Grant High School and went on to attend UCLA, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Southwestern University School of Law.  During college, Scott was the Director of the UCLA Pre-Law Society and the Co-Founder of UCLA’s Mock Trial Association.  He was also active in Amnesty International.  While attending law school, Yang was a member of the Intercollegiate Trial Advocacy Program and was selected for Moot Court competition team.

Mr. Yang is currently a Deputy District Attorney assigned to the Sex Crimes Division, where he is known for not only his record as a strong criminal prosecutor, but as an advocate for victims and families.    Previously, Scott worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney in the Juvenile Crimes unit and has prosecuted cases ranging from domestic violence to child abuse, murder and other criminal offenses. 

Before joining the DA’s office, Mr. Yang was an attorney in private practice, specializing in real estate and other civil law matters.  He also has experience running a small business.  For nearly ten years Yang ran the family business – a vocational school in the San Gabriel Valley with over 1,000 graduates.

Yang has provided Victim Advocacy training to the Desert Oasis Center of the Antelope Valley, where volunteers help victims of domestic violence and sex crimes advocate for their rights and vital services.  He has also worked with the Los Angeles County DA’s Law Clerk program to help mentor college and law school students interested in a legal career.

He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutor Association. 

Scott and his wife, a restaurateur reside with their children in Los Angeles County.