He Xian, Ph.D, Butzel Long Photo

Dr. He Xian concentrates his practice on international business and trade, workforce and immigration, governmental relationships, and foreign direct investment in the US. From 2019 to 2022, Dr. Xian supervised the firm’s Conference Center at Jingguang Centre in Beijing, China. Dr. Xian has guided over 50 Chinese companies to establish or expand their US operations and workforces.


Clients ranging from large scale state-owned enterprises and public companies to start-up companies in industries including automotive, battery, artificial intelligence, agriculture, food processing and packaging, infrastructure, IT and engineering services, and others, have come to depend on Dr. Xian’s concentrated experience when they require counsel and representation in matters involving US workforce, international business and trade. Dr. Xian has facilitated numerous expansions and dispute resolutions in China for US-based companies. He has also facilitated a sister city relationship between Hohhot, China and Lansing, Michigan. He maintains amicable relationships with governmental partners in China and the US. 

Dr.  Xian is a Senior Attorney practicing in Butzel’s Lansing office. During the course of his legal career, some of his work has been recognized and reported in The New York Times, China Daily, China News Service, and China Auto News. Dr. Xian is admitted to practice in Michigan and Georgia. Notably, he has been recognized several years in a row by leading Michigan and national legal publications for his experience in the areas of Business, Immigration, and Corporate Law.

Dr. Xian earned his juris doctor from Michigan State University College of Law and his Ph.D. in Information and Media from Michigan State University College of Communication. Dr. Xian also taught at Michigan State University, where his academic study focused on the sociology of stratification, perception, and related policy issues. Dr. Xian has published his works in peer-reviewed journals such as Research in Stratification and Social Mobility, Socius, and The Sociological Quarterly. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a certificate in Chinese Legal System from Peking University in Beijing, China.



Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.

Michigan State University College of Communication, Ph.D.

Peking University School of Law

University of Georgia, B.A.



  • State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Midwest Sociological Society, Member - 2017 – present
  • Southern Sociological Society , Member - 2016 – present
  • Atlanta Chinese Writers Association, Executive Member – 2010-2011


Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Immigration - 2021-2023

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Business/Corp. - 2022, 2023

News & Events

Alerts & Publications

Client Alerts


  • SOCIUS: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 7.1.2019
  • Publication, The Sociological Quarterly , 12.2017
    “Bootstraps, Buddies, and Bribes: Perceived Meritocracy in China and the United States”, He Xian and Jeremy E. Reynolds
  • Publication, In Nicolas J. Wittner (Eds.) Civil Litigation for Foreign Educated Lawyers 2016 Supplemental Materials. New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 5.2016
    “Executive Summary on Civil Procedure in the People’s Republic of China: Judgment Enforcement.” 
  • Research in Stratification and Social Mobility, 6.2014
    "Perception of Meritocracy in the Land of Opportunity", Jeremy E. Reynolds and He Xian
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