The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.
Elie Wiesel

When I was maybe 11 or 12, I read about Ray Kroc’s founding of McDonalds. Whatever I read made Kroc out to be some sort of saint and even sought to explain away his initial unwillingess to hire African-Americans as not having arisen out of any racism on his part, but out of his realization that the American public was not ready to have Blacks serving them food. I thought Kroc was horrible for taking this position and even worse for trying to spin it. I saw (and still do) Kroc as worse than the racist who would not hire African-Americans at all; Kroc knew his position was morally indefensible, but rather than make an effort to educate or inculcate or use his position for change, he let it all just slide.
Stories out today on how the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is admitting it agreed to a censorship deal with China. Shameful.
For more on this, check out the following:
China & IOC lied – Internet access for media to be censored for Olympics” at
If You Are Surprised By This, Raise Your Hand So I Can Laugh” at Signal To Noise.
China backtracks core Olympic promise” at Vox Populi
Surprisingly, All The Porn Comes In Fine [Beijing Olympics]” at Ennvy.

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 (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 ( 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.