Qiaojing Ella Zheng

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Qiaojing Ella Zheng
San Francisco Partner

(415) 795-2013

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Qiaojing Ella Zheng (郑巧晶 律师) is Chair of the Firm’s Asian American Litigation and Finance Practice Group. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has extensive experience representing China-based clients in legal matters arising under U.S.laws.

Qiaojing Ella Zheng Honored with 2018 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award

2018 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award

As a client of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, I had the opportunity of working with its attorneys at multiple locations: Ms. Ella Zheng and Mr. Yikai Wang (in San Francisco), Ms. Leigh Anne St. Charles and Messrs. Kevin Sharp and Jonathan Tepe (in Nashville), and Mr. Andrew Melzer (in New York). Collectively the SHS team represented the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and passionate care for justice that I have ever witnessed in my career.

Like many individual plaintiffs, I was faced with a corporate defendant that was much more resourceful. The SHS team never showed any hesitation in representing me or wavered in their resolution to right the wrong. The attorneys and assistants worked through maternity, coronavirus infection, over-night depositions and many other challenges for nearly three years to ultimately deliver a resounding success!

I am forever indebted to Sanford Heisler Sharp’s perseverance and kindness. Last three years were such a lifetime experience that I will never forget.David Chen

Qiaojing Ella Zheng (郑巧晶 律师) is the Asian American Litigation and Finance Practice Chair and a Partner in the San Francisco office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. Ms. Zheng received her law degrees from Zhejiang University in China (LL.B.) and Thomas Jefferson School of Law (LL.M.).

Ms. Zheng is licensed to practice law in California and New York. Her practice encompasses a wide range of legal matters. She represents employees across the economic spectrum in individual and class actions involving wage and hour violations, discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race/national origin, and disability, retaliation and wrongful termination claims. She also represents executive and managerial personnel in both public litigation and privately negotiated settlements. 

Ms. Zheng has extensive experience in financial services practice. She regularly advises entrepreneurs, companies, and financial institutions in Silicon Valley and China on regulatory and compliance matters. In particular, Ms. Zheng specializes in representing China-based clients in legal matters arising under U.S. laws, including licensing and compliance for securities broker-dealers and investment advisers under the U.S. SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and state-level regulatory authorities. Having obtained legal education and work experience in both China and the U.S., she brings a unique perspective to facilitate her clients’ cross-border business activities, and devotes herself to bridging the cultural gap between domestic and foreign parties.

In addition, Ms. Zheng also represents whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits under the U.S. False Claims Act and works on cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the SEC Whistleblower program, the IRS Whistleblower program, and other statutes involving fraud against the federal and state governments.

Ms. Zheng is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker. She is active in the tech communities and Asian American communities. She is the President of the Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area, and the Board Secretary of the YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley. She’s also a Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee with the Asian American Bar Association, and a Co-Chair of the Women in Law Committee with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley. She has been a co-leader of the South Bay Female Attorneys Lean In Circle.

Ms. Zheng has been honored by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Northern California since 2016. She is an Honoree of the Tribute to Women Awards by YWCA Silicon Valley, and received the 2020 Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award. Ms. Zheng is a frequent speaker to professional and business groups on various employment litigation and compliance matters.


Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Zheng was an associate attorney at a boutique general practice firm in San Diego, California, where her practice encompassed a wide range of areas including international business, corporate, civil litigation, immigration, and family law.

Ms. Zheng is an advocate for diversity, leadership, and the public interest. During her tenure as Vice President and Secretary of the San Diego Chinese Attorneys Association, she organized a series of events focused on U.S./China social, business, and legal issues. While obtaining her LL.B. in China, Ms. Zheng organized the first moot court in the region advocating women’s rights and was awarded Outstanding Student Leader upon graduation.


  • LL.M. (Master of Laws), Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2010
  • LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws), Zhejiang University, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2012
  • California, 2013

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

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