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Xiaoyan has over 15 years of combined legal and high-tech industrial experience. She advises clients on IP, cybersecurity and privacy-related issues in complex technology and outsourcing transactions involving software, data and emerging technologies such as cloud, AI and blockchain. In her early legal career, Xiaoyan litigated patent cases in the United States involving software and electronics, and advised clients on IP issues in technology transactions. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Xiaoyan was with several international law firms in New York City, Hong Kong and Shanghai.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review
  • University of Tennessee, M.S., Computer Science, Phi Kappa Phi
  • East China University of Science and Technology, B.E., magna cum laude

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Cofounder & Director, Chinese Business Lawyers Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English

Awards & Recognition

  • LMG Rising Star – Expert Guides (2015-2018)


  • IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)
  • IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)