Carlton J. Willey, Attorney

Carlton J. Willey

Carlton J. Willey advises high-growth companies on a full range of corporate and transactional matters, including entity formation, seed financing, equity matters, IP licensing, contracts and business transactions and foreign company compliance. Carlton has a passion for advising innovative companies in high-tech fields and companies doing business in or with China. He is a contributor at China Law Blog.

Prior to joining Harris Bricken, Carlton worked at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto and founded Willey & Bentaleb LLP in San Francisco. Before settling in Silicon Valley, Carlton lived in Beijing where he received an LL.M. in Chinese Law from Tsinghua Law School and was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Tsinghua China Law Review. He also served as in-house counsel with SK Group in Beijing and Seoul, where he focused on renewable energy projects and acquisitions of technology companies in China. 

Carlton lives in Menlo Park with his wife and two sons. He is an avid tennis and soccer player. He has been to three World Cups (1994, 1998, 2010) and two Olympics (1996, 2008) and he plans to add to this list in the future.

More About Carlton J.


Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County – “Pro Bono Star” for excellent work on guardianship cases for vulnerable children

Michael Topper Memorial Award for Exceptional Service, College of Law Class of 2008

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America


President, Inter-Professional Council at Ohio State University (Fall 2007 – Spr. 2008)

President, International Law Society, College of Law (Fall 2007 – Spr. 2008)


  • Tsinghua University School of Law, LL.M. in Chinese Law, 2009
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Northwestern University B.A., Political Science and Asian Studies, 2004

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • Chinese (Mandarin)