Dorothy Deng

Dorothy Deng

T: 202.659.6789
F: 202.327.6147

Ms. Deng has over ten years of experience in representing nonprofit organizations and associations, as well as general business and diverse international experience. She handles a variety of work for clients including corporate governance, compliance, commercial contracts, intellectual property, copyright, social media, privacy, international operations, and dispute resolutions. 

She is a partner and received her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University in 2006, in addition to an LL.B. in 2003 from the National Taiwan University.  She is admitted in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Ms. Deng is fluent in Mandarin.

Memberships & Activities

  • Diversity and Inclusion Trusted Advisors: Penn State Dickinson School of Law
  • Board Advisor: National Taiwan University Alumni Association- Washington DC/Baltimore
  • Past Member: ASAE International Section Council
  • Past Board of Directors: Monte Jade Science and Technology Association - DC Chapter
  • Eligible Judicial Interpreter of the State of Maryland
  • ASAE Certificate in Association Management

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Assists nonprofit organizations and associations on a variety of legal issues, including corporate governance,  tax-exemption status compliance, contracts, intellectual property, copyright, social media, privacy, international operations, and dispute resolutions.

International Practice and International Disputes

  • Insurance practice regarding claims of defamation, invasion of privacy and copyright/trademark  violations brought against newspapers throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Barbados
  • Experience in international sales of goods involving Incoterms, letter of credits, and standby letter of credits.
  • Experience in international arbitration
Co-Speaker/Panelist: “Key International Issues for Associations”, ASAE Association Law Symposium, June 4, 2019

Co-Speaker: “What You Need to Know About Business, Technology and Compliance Impact”, Nonprofit Leadership Learning Series, September 2018

Speaker: “Intellectual Property: Infringement and Enforcement”, ASAE Annual Meeting, August 2018

Co-Speaker: “What You Need to Know About Publishing Contractors, Copyrights, and Trademarks”, Association media & Publishing, June 2017

Co-Speaker: “Global Legal Hotspots: New China Nonprofit Law”, DC Law: Association Law Symposium, October 2016

Co-Speaker: “Designing Effective and High Value Association eLearning Programs”, Association TRENDS Education Live, May 2016

Co-Author: "How Associations Can Protect Their Content Rights Before Going Global," Associations Now Plus, June 2, 2015


Guidelines on the Territorial Scope of the GDPR: 5 Takeaways For U.S. Based Associations and Nonprofit Organizations

On November 23, 2018, the European Data Protection Board (the “EDPB”) published the Guidelines 3/2018 on the territorial scope of the GDPR (Article 3) (adopted on November 16), which are open to public comments until January 18, 2019. As the EDPB announced in its news release, the purpose of the Guidelines is to help provide a common interpretation of the territorial scope of the GDPR and clarify the GDPR’s application in various situations, in particular where the data controller or processor is established outside of the EU.

GDPR Compliance Quick Guide for U.S. Nonprofit Organizations and Associations

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a privacy regulation of the European Union designed to give individuals control over their personal data. The GDPR protects the privacy of individuals regardless of their nationality when their data is collected when they are located in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway (EEA). For example, the personal data of an organization’s employee, independent contractor, or volunteer located in the EEA may be protected by the GDPR even if that individual is a U.S. citizen and resident. 

China’s Overseas NGO Law: Next Steps for Associations

Now that China’s new overseas NGO law is in effect, nongovernmental organizations operating there have a new set of requirements to comply with. While many provisions of the law remain fuzzy, several first steps for associations have become clear. 

China's New Law Governing Foreign NGOs -- An Overview and Quick Compliance Guide

By: Steven Basart, Director China, Kellen & Dorothy Deng, Esq., Partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP

On April 28th, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) approved the PRC Law on the Management of the Activities of Overseas NGOs within Mainland China. The NPC’s approval followed a third round of review and revision by the NPC Law Committee, which included substantial changes and clarifications compared to the second draft that was released in May 2015.  

How Associations Can Protect Their Content Rights Before Going Global

Intellectual property is a crucial asset for any association. This includes content developed for members and constituents as well as the value associated with the association's brand and promotion of that brand. Intellectual property rights and laws vary by country, so it is important for all associations to take protective measures and learn the laws and regulations of their target markets before going global. 

The 4th Circuit Reaffirms Judicial Deference to Accreditation Agencies

On March 24, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in Professional Massage Training Center, Incorporated (PMTC) v. Accreditation Alliance of Career Schools and Colleges, d/b/a Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), in which PMTC filed a civil lawsuit against ACCSC for alleged violation of due process after ACCSC denied PMTC’s application to renew its accreditation. As further explained below, the Fourth Circuit’s ruling is significant for both accreditation and certification organizations, as it affirms judicial deference to decision making by credentialing bodies. The opinion is available online.

Are You Complying with Canada's New Anti-Spam Rules?

The majority of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) went into effect on July 1, 2014, and this has many U.S. associations and nonprofit organizations concerned. We are not Canadian lawyers, but we can tell you what we know about the new law.

Legal Update and Summary of The New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013

The New York State Legislature recently passed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “New Act”), which contains several amendments to the New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.  If signed by Governor Cuomo, provisions of the New Act will become effective July 1, 2014 and will apply to nonprofit corporations that are incorporated in New York.1 

New Travel Rules Issued by the House Committee of Ethics Became Effective on April 1, 2013

In December 2012, the House Committee of Ethics (the "Committee") issued new regulations governing privately funded, officially connected travel by House Members, officers and employees.  These new travel rules are not only applicable to House members and staff, but are also applicable to outside sponsors, including nonprofit organizations and associations.

Association Social Media -- Is Permission Required To Post User Content?

As user-generated content becomes a growing source of information on the Internet, associations should be mindful of the potential legal problems that relate to using user-generated content.  For example, if John Smith posts comments on an association’s website or social media page, can an association use John Smith’s comments in the association’s newsletter without contacting John Smith for permission? 

Board Meeting Minutes -- Best Not To Get Too Wordy!

Many association executives have asked questions about the proper scope and content of board meetings. It’s important to keep minutes in accordance with legal and organizational governance best practices.  Here are some thoughts about keeping board meeting minutes. 


ASAE Association Law Symposium - WTP Speaking

On 6/4, Dorothy Deng and Jim Kahl present at the 2019 ASAE Law Symposium. Dorothy Deng speaks on “Key International Issues for Associations,” and Jim Kahl speaks on “Exploring the Opportunities and Risks of Political Activity." The event takes place at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
For additional event information, click here.


International Lawyer Joins WTP

Dorothy Deng is joining the Washington, D.C. office of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston as an associate, the firm announced today.