I am an international lawyer who helps Western companies navigate Asia's laws. I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Barcelona, Beijing, Los Angeles, Madrid, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. I am an international attorney/international lawyer who mostly represents companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network, and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland's interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt. I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer. I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I am also the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice. I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska. I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, copyrights), and overseeing M&A transactions. Above all else, I am a problem solver for Western companies that operate internationally.
- International Law
- Intellectual Property
- French: Spoken, Written
- Spanish: Spoken, Written
- Founding Member
- Harris Bricken
- - Current
- Co-founded HarrisBricken an international law firm with lawyers in the United States (Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco), Spain (Barcelona and Madrid) and China (Beijing). We focus on assisting SMEs that do business internationally, particularly those that do business in or with China, Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Indonesia, Germany and Spain.
- LeSourd & Patten
- Handled domestic and international corporate and litigation matters for clients ranging in size from small family owned businesses to companies like Unocal, GATX, and Canadian Forest Products.
- Kirkland & Ellis
- Litigation associate working on big case domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters.
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law
- Honors: Magna Cum Laude Order of the Coif Managing Editor Multiple Am Jur Awards for Highest Class Grade
- Activities: Law Journal
- Robert Koleji
- High School
- Grinnell College
- B.A. | French, Political Science
- Honors: Grinnell Scholar
- Top 100 Blawg
- American Bar Association
- Chosen for the third straight year (since its inception)by the editors and readers of the American Bar Association Journal as one of the top 100 law blogs.
- Highest Ranking -- 10.0
- Received a 10.0 ranking from Avvo.com, based on a combination of my experience, reputation, and professional conduct.
- A/V (highest) Rating By Lawyer Peers
- Received A/V (highest) rating for tenth consecutive year, by my lawyer peers.
- Best Regional Blog
- American Bar Association
- Chosen as a Top 100 blog by the editors of the American Bar Association Journal and then handily voted as the Best Blog within the category of "Regional Blogs."
- Best International Lawyer
- Washington CEO
- China Civil Law Forum
- - Current
- Alaska Bar Association
- International Law Section
- China Trade Law Report
- King County International Law
- China's Slowdown and American Business
- Wall Street Journal
- China Law Blog
- You Like Us. You Really Like Us.
20 January 2020
- China Employment Laws: Be Careful with WeChat
19 January 2020
- Three Keys to Getting Paid When Selling To China
18 January 2020
- New AD/CVD Petitions: Vertical Shaft Engines from China
17 January 2020
- Transshipment: No Magic Remedy Against Tariffs
16 January 2020
- Understanding The U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Part 2: The Registration Criteria
15 January 2020
- The US-China “Phase One” Deal — No Text, No Translation. What, Me Worry?
14 January 2020
- Doing Business Internationally: The 101
13 January 2020
- Hiring a Retired Person in China: The Legal Issues
12 January 2020