Xi (Grace) Yang is committed to helping global companies in international labor and employment law matters. Grace has considerable experience advising clients on complex employment and international law issues in a wide range of industries. She has served as general outside counsel to many businesses, especially those that have overseas operations or are expanding into foreign legal jurisdictions. She has written extensively about important, cutting-edge employment law issues that may impact multinational employers, including authoring a comprehensive book on employment law in China. Grace is a frequent speaker and instructor on international and employment law. Grace also serves as an editor for Littler's publications on international employment law.

Grace collaborates with other Littler attorneys to advance new ideas and innovations. As part of the firm’s internal Innovate 100 Tournament, she and her team were recognized for developing an interactive tool that would help companies manage global reductions in force.

Prior to joining Littler, Grace worked out of the Seattle and Beijing offices of an international law firm, where she helped her clients navigate the legal side of doing business internationally with a focus on Asia and China-related matters.

Grace’s unique international background and perspective, as well as a deep understanding of both American and Chinese cultures and legal systems, bring great value to her clients.

Grace firmly believes in giving back to our community and devotes a substantial portion of her time to volunteering with nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis, including the King County Bar Association and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Grace serves as a mentor to law students through local bar associations and other organizations.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Washington State Bar Association


King County Bar Association


New York State Bar Association


Named, Pro Bono Student of the Year

University of Washington School of Law


Winner, Best Written Contract

University of Washington 1L Contract Drafting & Negotiation Competition


Speaking Engagements

U.S. and China Employment Laws

Global Business Forum (Doing Business with China), University of Washington Foster School of Business

November 13, 2023

International Employment Law Issues in International Transactions

Washington State Bar Association, International Practice Section

November 9, 2023

Employment Essentials for Companies and Talents in the U.S. and China

Washington State China Relations Council

February 23, 2023

What U.S. Companies Need to Know about Managing Talents in China

Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington 2023 Labor and Employment Summit

January 26, 2023

Managing Across Boarders from Labor & Employment Law Perspectives: UK and China

Asian Law Center, University of Washington School of Law

January 23, 2023

2022 Asian HR Forum

October 26, 2022

Inside the Coronavirus Outbreak

Legal Talk Network

February 21, 2020

China Employment Law: What HR Needs to Know

HR Web Advisor

2017, 2018, 2019

Employment Laws for Female Workers in China

ProLaw CLE


China Employment Law

Washington State Bar Association, International Practice Section



  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Peking University, 2008


  • Mandarin
  • Chinese

Bar Admission

New York