Ying (Laura) Gao, Esquire

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Ying (Laura) Gao, Esquire


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Ying “Laura” Gao was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2016 and was subsequently admitted to the California Bar, and the US District Court, Middle District of Florida in 2017. She is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Emma Hemness, and her current practice is concentrated in the areas of probate, guardianship, guardian advocacy and elder exploitation.

Laura was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship to attend Stetson University College of Law and graduated cum laude in May 2016. The highlights of her law school journey include:

• Being a finalist in the Phelps Dunbar Appellate Advocacy Competition,
• Receiving a High-Grade Award from the law firm of Banker Lopez Gassler, and
• Working as a research assistant to Honorable Scott Stephens for Florida Family Law (Vol 23, Florida Practice Series).

She is a member of Phi Delta Phi, an international legal honor society and the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States.

Laura was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province of China, a city about an hour’s drive outside of Shanghai. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Shanghai dialect. Right before coming to the US, she was the marketing manager for Gitanjali, the largest Indian diamond company, and launched its first brand in China.

In her free time, Laura enjoys flying, sailing, scuba diving and hiking. Before law school, she won Air Race Classic 2010, a national women’s 4-day cross-country air race, with her team; and she won the Florida Sunshine Derby 2011, a proficiency race, with her husband Matt. Both Matt and Laura are commercial and instrument rated pilots. As an advocate for general aviation, Laura has been an Airport Support Network volunteer for the Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association (AOPA) since 2012.

Laura believes that every interaction is an opportunity to bring love, compassion, and peace to others, whether in her personal or professional life.