Xiaoyin Cao

Associate

After working at our firm as a paralegal, Xiaoyin Cao joined us as an associate attorney. She concentrates on franchising and distribution cases and related client problem solving. She is also developing an international corporate and intellectual property practice with a concentration on advising companies seeking to do business in China, as well as Chinese entrepreneurs seeking to explore their business opportunities in the U.S.

Born and raised in China, and a native speaker in Mandarin, Xiaoyin earned her Bachelor of Chinese Law Degree from China University of Political Science and Law, a top law school in China that provides a large percentage of the country’s judges and prosecutors. Xiao earned her Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is admitted to the Bar in China as well as in Illinois.

The People’s Republic of China has a unique legal system that combined ancient feudal China’s legal traditions with Civil Law bodies, as well as limited precedents similar to case law. Chinese law gained its sovereignty only some sixty years ago. The U.S.A., on the other hand, as China’s most powerful friend and foe at the same time, has one of the most advanced and developed legal systems and is admired by many Chinese legal scholars and lawyers. Xiaoyin is using her unique background to help maximum protections for clients exposed to the globalized economy.

In a recent federal court jury trial, Xiaoyin presented electronic evidence and participated in all tactical trial decisions. She is taking a lead role in the continuing enhancement of all of the firm’s legal technology, growth of e-discovery practice, and client development.

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.)

Chicago-Kent College of Law (L.L.M International and Comparative Law)

China University of Political Science and Law (Bachelor of Law)

Bar Admissions

Illinois Bar

China (P.R.C.) (National Judicial Examination certificate)

Bar Associations

American Bar Association

Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of the Greater Chicago Area

Chinese American Bar Association (CABA) of the Greater Chicago

Chicago Bar Association (CBA)

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