Experienced China Lawyers. Fluent in Chinese Language and Culture.
Harris Bricken attorneys have been involved in Chinese long before China became the hot topic.
Steve Dickinson, who heads our China Law practice out of Qingdao, China, began his studies of Chinese language and culture in 1975. He is fluent in both spoken and written Chinese. Steve was the first attorney invited to teach in China by an independent Chinese Bar Association and he continues to lecture frequently in China regarding international law issues. Steve taught international law at the University of Washington School of Law and he has also acted as a guest lecturer (in Chinese) for the intellectual property law program at the Beijing University School of Law and international contract law in Italy for the International Development Law Organization.
Dan Harris has been handling international law matters in Asia for more than 15 years. Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in China.
Ben Dietz began his Chinese language and culture studies in 1980 and then spent two years working with a Taiwanese law firm. He is fluent in both spoken and written Chinese. Ben’s practice focuses mostly on advising American and European companies on the legal aspects of doing business in Taiwan and in China.
Leading national and international media, including The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Forbes, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, China Economic Review, China International Business Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio (NPR), and CCTV (China Central Television), have all come to us because of our China law expertise and LexisNexis chose us to head up its China law site.
We Focus On SMEs
The focus of our Chinese law practice is on the small and medium sized company needing China law assistance. Though hardly anything in a Chinese legal matter could ever be said to be typical, the nature of our Chinese transactional and litigation work usually has some common threads. The corporate side of our China work usually involves assisting American or European companies in establishing Chinese manufacturing operations and protecting their intellectual property and brand name rights. The litigation side of our China work usually involves assisting American and European companies in pursuing claims against companies that violated intellectual property rights, failed to pay on a contract, or manufactured defective goods. We frequently work with other law firms on matters requiring China legal knowledge.
Cost Effectiveness is Key – No Surprises
Harris Bricken does almost all of its China work on a flat fee basis. We almost always charge a flat fee for OEM agreements, employment contracts, employer manuals, trademark filings, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), and company formations (particularly WFOEs), among other things.
Our goal in China is to achieve our client’s goal effectively and at the lowest reasonable cost. We develop effective solutions that meet our client’s needs in a way that actually works under China’s legal system. We will never propose an elegant legal solution with no practical application under Chinese law or on the ground realities.
Our lawyers’ ability to work directly in the Chinese language is a huge asset. It allows us to conduct negotiations directly in Chinese without need for constant translation and retranslation. This saves money and time.