Xinning Shirley Liu
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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 in 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 practised in the Corporate, Securities and Tax Group of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt, P.A.


Shirley is an active member of NACUA and has volunteered for multiple committees and authored various publications. She is also a frequent speaker on issues related to international higher education at NACUA and NAFSA. Additionally, Shirley is 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.


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.


The State of Florida

Professional Background:

  • Office of the General Counsel
    Florida International University
    - Assistant General Counsel

  • Carlton Fields Jordan Burt
    Miami Office 
    - Associate

  • Office of the Vice President and General Counsel
    University of Florida
    - Legal Intern

  • US Securities and Exchange Commission
    Miami Regional Office 
    - Law Clerk

  • United States Department of State 
    - Fulbright Scholar to China in the areas of law 
    and economic development

  • National Security Education Program (NSEP)
    - Boren Scholar to Beijing and Hong Kong



  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
    - J.D., Cum Laude

  • University of Miami
    - B.A. Political Science
    - B.B.A. Business Law

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
    - International exchange program – Chinese law and business

  • Tsinghua University Chinese Business Program
    - Advanced Chinese language and business program

  • University of Oxford
    - Intensive Political Science Programme on British-European law and society.