I have always hated the person who stakes out a favorite musical group/movie/book/TV show/restaurant just to show that he or she knows somebody nobody else does. We all know and hate people who do this, right?

Well I finally get to be one of those people.

Yesterday I discovered a really good blog on China business (mostly IT and outsourcing) that is not yet on the blogosphere’s radar. It’s the “This is China! Weblog, ” appropriately subtitled, “Doing Business in China, Investment Trends, Advice and Adventure from Inside China.” It is written by  William R. Dodson, who heads up Silk Road Advisors, which describes itself as advising “Western companies entering into the China market and managing businesses in china. Silk Road has offices in Chicago, Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou (where Mr. Dodson lives). It’s the best China business blog not yet on the radar.

It took me all of one post to realize this blog is written by someone who knows China business.  I just added it to our blogroll.

So there.

Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent 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 most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.