Sara Xia, Attorney

Sara Xia

With a background working in Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Seattle, Sara Xia has earned a reputation for overcoming communication barriers and helping people of diverse backgrounds connect with one another. She is uniquely equipped to identify and solve issues related to Chinese entities, while providing clients with critical insight on the cultural customs and procedures necessary to successfully conduct business in China.

Sara splits her time between the United States and China and she also splits her time advising foreign companies on how to do business in China and on how to do business in the United States. Her practice focuses on cybersecurity, data protection law, and privacy law. Sara also works on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and matters involving China’s foreign exchange control policies. Sara also works on transnational litigation and arbitration matters.  

Sara has law degrees from the University of Washington School of Law and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Before joining Harris Bricken, she was an attorney at a law firm in China and then an attorney and China Advisor at a Pacific Northwest law firm.

In her spare time, Sara likes to watch movies, cook, hike, and travel. As an avid proponent of strategy in both work and play, Sara also enjoys a competitive game of Catan with friends.

More About Sara


Member, Washington State Bar Association

Member, The State Bar of California

Volunteer Activities

Volunteer Attorney, Housing Justice Project

  • Providing legal advice for low income tenants with eviction-related issues
  • Assistance filling out and responding to eviction paperwork
  • Negotiating with landlords for tenants facing eviction

Speaking Engagements

The Future of Business in China”, Western Washington University, April 2016.

Media Appearances

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • Washington


  • University of Washington, School of Law, LLM (Master of Law), Seattle 2014
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, LLB (Bachelor of Law), Shanghai 2009


  • Mandarin (native)
  • English (fluent)