Xiao Wang


Xiao Wang is an Associate at Wilkinson Stekloff. He has represented corporate and individual clients in a variety of contexts, including federal criminal cases, immigration appeals, antitrust matters, and internal investigations.

Xiao graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009, where he was a Jefferson Scholar and Truman Scholar, and founder of the Virginia Policy Review. Xiao attended Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Yale Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law. After law school, Xiao served as a law clerk to Judge Karen N. Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Xiao worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company before attending law school.

Before joining Wilkinson Stekloff, Xiao practiced at Williams & Connolly LLP. Xiao has been recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for 2020–21.


  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa (2008)
  • Graduate: University of Virginia, M.P.P. (2009)
  • Law: Yale Law School, J.D. (2014)


  • Judge Karen N. Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2014–15)
  • Judge Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (2015–16)

Notable Matters

  • Appointed by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to represent defendant in challenge of criminal sentence length.  The Sixth Circuit determined that the client’s sentence was substantively unreasonable, in a groundbreaking decision holding that the client’s prior criminal record “bore no meaningful relationship” to his sentence.  United States v. Lee, 974 F.3d 670, 677 (6th Cir. 2020).   
  • Lead counsel on behalf of Mars Petcare in Roberts v. Mars Petcare US, Inc., a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, concerning the interaction between federal jurisdiction and the Class Action Fairness Act.  Roberts v. Mars Petcare, Inc., 874 F.3d 953 (6th Cir. 2017).   The case resulted in a full dismissal against Mars Petcare.
  • Counsel of record for Amnesty International U.S.A., Washington Office of Latin America, Latin America Working Group, and IMUMI before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an amicus curiae brief challenging the legality of the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program.  The Ninth Circuit affirmed a nationwide injunction, citing the amicus curiae brief.  Innovation Law Lab v. Wolf, 951 F.3d 1073, 1092–93 (9th Cir. 2020). 
  • Lead counsel on behalf of a client challenging detention conditions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  The Eleventh Circuit determined that the client had sufficiently alleged that jail officials had violated his constitutional rights, denying qualified immunity to these officials. 
  • Represented Intel in a complex securities fraud class action arising from disclosure of various security vulnerabilities.  Led motion to dismiss briefing before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  The district court entered judgment in favor of Intel upon granting Intel’s motion to dismiss in its entirety.
  • Represented the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging access to asylum for Central Americans fleeing gang and gender violence.
  • Maintains active criminal and immigration pro bono docket, which includes securing asylum for a Honduran refugee before a federal immigration judge.


  • In Defense of (Circuit) Court-Packing, 119 Mich. L. Rev. Online 32 (2020).
  • Increasingly Antidemocratic?  An Empirical Examination of the Supreme Court Nomination and Confirmation Process, 11 Calif. L. Rev. Online 242 (2020).
  • Once More Unto the Breach: A Discussion of Recent Data Breach Litigation, Corporate Counsel (July 25, 2017) (with Edward J. Bennett and Matthew H. Blumenstein).

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