I just today came across Dan Washburn’s “personal blog” and I was enthralled. Washburn is the leading force behind the always excellent Shanghaiist blog and (I just learned) also a frequently published (and award winning) journalist/writer. His personal blog contains his published writings on China, dating back to 2003. These writings can be found here.

I am still working my way through them all (and they are all worth reading), but I have already come across some absolutely great ones. My two favorites so far are Fireworks factories, coal mines and cute little puppies, which is a wonderful story about Dan’s trip to the village of Hengshui (population ~4,000), in Jiangxi Province, with one of his Shanghai University English students who is from there and a story on Alex Scales’ China Basketball League career. I found the story on Scales particularly interesting because my firm does a fair amount of legal work for international athletes and their agents and also because I remember Scales from his days as a pretty fair player at the University of Oregon. It appears he is now playing in the EuroLeague.

Anyway, if you have an interest in China or in Sports and, in particular, if you have an interest in sports in China, I urge you to spend some time over at Dan’s checking out his articles. You will be amply rewarded.

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.