Xinying represents workers throughout California in wage and hour, discrimination, and whistleblower cases. Her track record is marked by exceptional outcomes achieved through sophisticated pre-litigation advocacy and negotiation, as well as hard-fought and cutting-edge litigation successes. In her career in private practice, Xinying has prosecuted numerous class action cases and has helped to achieve class and representative action settlements totaling over $43 million, as well as programmatic relief affecting many thousands of workers in key industries. For individual plaintiffs, Xinying has led numerous cases involving 6- and 7-figure private settlements.
Xinying's broad experience includes negotiating severance agreements for executives and white collar workers, litigating employment and consumer class actions, representing the media in First Amendment cases, and safeguarding the rights of low-income immigrant families.
Before founding Valerian Law, Xinying worked for Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national plaintiffs' fiirm, managing its San Francisco Office in her last role there. Earlier in private practice, she also worked for the San Francisco class actrion firm Ram Olson Cereghino & Kopcynski, representing consumers, homeowners in class litigation and journalists in First Amendment litigation.
Before private practice, Xinying represented low-income families as a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid and served as a judicial law clerk in federal court. During her time in the nonprofit legal sector, Xinying represented tenants, homeowners and consumers and advocated for government policies and initiatives to help low-income communities suffering from the foreclosure crisis.
While in law school, Xinying trained in immigration and employment advocacy as a member of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, and clerked at the San Francisco-based Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, in addition to internships at the ACLU and volunteer work in international human rights.
Xinying was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in the Bay Area attending public schools. She is bilingual and bicultural,. In Chinese, she is known as “Attorney Xinying” (欣颖律师).
Having experienced the socioeconomic struggles common to first-generation immigrants, Xinying is committed to fighting for equal opportunity and fair treatment for everyone in the workplace and marketplace.
J.D. New York Univ. School of Law, 2007, magna cum laude
B.A. Harvard College, 2003, magna cum laude
Honorable A. Howard Matz, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2007-2009
California Employment Lawyers Association
Equal Rights Advocates, Litigation Committee
Alameda County Bar Association
American Association for Justice
AWARDS & PRESENTATIONS
April 2021 - "PAGA Trials" at PAGA Workshop 2021, Bridgeport Continuing Education
October 2020 - "Taking Critical Depositions During a Pandemic," Annual Conference of the California Employment Lawyers Association
July 2020 - "PAGA Claims" webinar for the Alameda County Bar Association
May 2020 – "PAGA Trials" at PAGA Workshop 2020, Bridgeport Continuing Education
2017 CELA Torch Award, California Employment Lawyers Association
October 2017 – “PAGA Today and PAGA Tomorrow: Moderate-Advanced Issues in PAGA Litigation,” Annual Conference of the California Employment Lawyers Association
2016, 2017 – Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine
March 2017 – “Finding Your Path – Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Law,” Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area
October 2016 – Guest Lecturer for UC Hastings College of Law’s online course on consumer law
California state courts, Central District of California, Northern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
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