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Yao Bailey focuses her real estate practice on commercial leasing, commercial and residential acquisitions and construction contracts. Her clients include owners, architects and contractors, as well as cooperative and condominium boards. Bailey also advises clients on state architecture licensing, the establishment and operation of various types of corporate entities and their organizational documents and certain related employment and immigration matters.

A native speaker of Mandarin, Bailey was previously a practicing lawyer in China. Admitted to practice law in New York since 1999, she assists U.S. architectural firms in establishing their Chinese operations, negotiating design contracts with Chinese owners and registering trademarks in China. She also represents Chinese clients in the U.S. in connection with real estate purchases and commercial leasing.

Bailey earned her LL.M. in Asian and Comparative Law from the University of Washington School of Law, and she received her LL.B. in international economic law from Peking University School of Law in Beijing. She often presents seminars and workshops on real estate, construction and architectural law.

Professional Activities

  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association



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  • New York, 1999


  • University of Washington School of Law, LL.M., Asian and Comparative Law, 1998
  • Peking University School of Law, LL.B., 1987


  • Mandarin
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