He Xian

He Xian is an associate attorney in Butzel Long’s Lansing office. His practice concentrates on business, immigration, and foreign investment in the U.S. Mr. Xian has been instrumental in developing and serving Butzel’s existing and potential clients based in China.

Mr. Xian assists and guides foreign companies in establishing their operations in the United States. Mr. Xian also has experiences in immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions for multinational managers/executives, intra-company transferees, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Mr. Xian is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law (J.D.) and University of Georgia (B.A.). Mr. Xian also earned a certificate in Chinese Legal System from Peking University in Beijing, China.

Mr. Xian served as the Senior Vice President for Chinese Students Association at the University of Georgia from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Xian is a member and the general counsel at Association of International Investors, a member at Atlanta Chinese Writers Association, a member at Southern Sociological Society, and a member at North America Chinese Engine Engineers Association.

Mr. Xian also studies sociology of stratification, perception, and related policy issues. His research has primarily focused on perceived equity and associated implications on tax, welfare, and immigration policies. Mr. Xian’s works have appeared in Atlanta Chinese Newspaper, Research in Stratification and Social Mobility, and The Sociological Quarterly.

Selected Publications

  • “Bootstraps, Buddies, and Bribes: Perceived Meritocracy in China and the United States”, He Xian and Jeremy E. Reynolds, The Sociological Quarterly, December 2017
  • Perception of Meritocracy in the Land of Opportunity", Jeremy E. Reynolds and He Xian on, Research in Stratification and Social Mobility, June 2014
  • “Philosophy of Nothingness”, He Xian, Atlanta Chinese Newspaper, April 2008.


  • Peking University School of Law
  • University of Georgia, B.A.
  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.


  • Michigan


Member – North America Chinese Engine Engineers Association (2017 - present)

Member – Midwest Sociological Society (2017 - present)

Member - Southern Sociological Society (2016 - present)

Member and General Counsel – Association of International Investors (2015 - present)

Member – Atlanta Chinese Writers Association (2008 - present)

Senior Vice President – Chinese Students Association at University of Georgia (2011 - 2012)

Executive Member – Atlanta Chinese Writers Association (2010 - 2011)

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