Ya (Sara) Xia, Attorney
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 advises companies on doing business in China and the United States. She helps clients with corporate and business operations and transactions, with a focus on China related data privacy compliance. She also works on international commercial litigation and arbitration matters. In addition, Sara is the Communications Chair for the International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).
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, where she provided services for overseas IPO, transnational mergers and acquisition, and domestic and international litigation.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys yoga, caring for her indoor garden and exploring the city with her camera.
More About Ya (Sara)
“China’s all-virtual specialty internet courts look set to expand into other areas of the law,” ABA Journal, November 2, 2019.
“Implications of China’s E-Commerce Law,” American Chamber of Commerce in China, April 7, 2019.
“Defending China’s Data,” China Business Review, October 2, 2018.
“Huayi Bros.’ Dennis Wang Makes Reassurances, Promises Stock Purchases,” Variety, June 18, 2018.
“The Future of Business in China”, Western Washington University, April 2016.
Regular contributor to the award-winning China Law Blog.
Communications Chair (2020-2021), International Practice Section, Washington State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, The State Bar of California
Volunteer Attorney, Housing Justice Project (Feb 2017 – Aug 2018)
- 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
- University of Washington, School of Law (L.L.M. Master of Law)
- Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, LLB (Bachelor of Law)
Bar & Court Admissions
- Mandarin (native)
- English (fluent)