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Xinning Shirley Liu
Licensed to Practice Law In:


The State of Florida

Xinning Shirley Liu is the President of XL Law and Consulting P.A., where she concentrates her practice on higher education and international law. She regularly advises higher education institutions on operating educational activities abroad with a focus on China. Shirley has experience implementing a wide array of international programs and has advised on a variety of regulatory and transactional matters. She also assists clients in the strategic design and implementation of their global portfolios and helps address local compliance concerns.


Shirley formerly worked in-house at the Office of the General Counsel at Florida International University.  Before that, she clerked at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and practiced in the Corporate, Securities and Tax Group of Carlton Fields, P.A.


Shirley serves on the board of directors for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (“NACUA”) where she has served on numerous committees and authored various publications. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to international higher education at NACUA, the Association of International Educators (“NAFSA”), National Association of College and University Business Officers (“NACUBO”), and the Association of International Education Administrators (“AIEA”) conferences.  Shirley is also a member of the Florida Bar where she serves on the Education Law Committee, International Law Section, Business Law Section and the Government Law Section.

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  • Professional Background:
    Tianjin Yonghan Law Firm -Attorney, Corporate Operations MWE China Law Offices -Intern Spanish Cuatrecasas LLP, Shanghai Representative Office -Intern Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group -Intern
  • Education
    East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) -L.L.B. Law East China University of Politics and Law (ECUPL) -L.L.M. Economic Law

Born in China, Shirley is fluent in Mandarin and Fujianese.  She received her B.A. and B.B.A from the University of Miami, and her J.D. from the University of Florida.  She was a former Fulbright scholar to China in the area of law and economic development, and a National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholar to Beijing and Hong Kong.

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