Xiaoyin Cao

Of Counsel

Attorney Xiaoyin Cao was our long-time senior associate and now our of counsel. She advises franchisees, dealers, independent franchisee associations, and other business clients on contractual, regulatory, and business planning issues. In her tenure with us in our robust franchise and dealership litigation practice, Xiao played a vital role in developing legal strategy and arguments, working with expert witnesses, managing complex e-discovery, taking depositions, conducting mediations and settlement negotiations, and second chairing jury trials and arbitration hearings.

Xiao is now extending her practice to China, where she was born and raised, and where she earned her Bachelor of Chinese Law Degree from China University of Political Science and Law, a top law school in China that provides many of the country’s judges and prosecutors. Increasingly, Xiao is concentrating on international business transactions, both inbound and outbound, and cross-border dispute resolution, for franchising and other companies. She is a strong asset to any U.S. company seeking to do business in China or other Asian markets.

Xiao leverages her unique perspective and insight to spot issues at their inception in client counseling, contract negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution. Pragmatic and business- minded, Xiao is praised by clients as a trusted advisor who has a holistic view by understanding clients’ needs, businesses, and aspirations.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois Bar
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • China (P.R.C.) (National Judicial Examination certificate)


  • 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 Associations

  • American Bar Association (Forum on Franchising and Sections of International Law and Business Law)
  • Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of the Greater Chicago Area
  • Chinese American Bar Association (CABA) of the Greater Chicago


  • “Advance Your Case by Analyzing Metadata: E-Discovery Practice Techniques for Solo & Small Firms,” Spring 2021 ABA Forum on Franchising.
  • Spoke at 2021 IFA Legal Symposium on Managing Risks in Contract and Relationships due to COVID-19
  • ABA CLE Program Speaker, June 2022, Contract and Antitrust Remedies for Supply Chain Issues Facing Retailers and Distributors (Including Franchisees and Dealers)