Chinalyst.net is doing their annual China Blog Awards and China Law Blog is not in this year’s competition.

“If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve.”

I have nothing but the greatest respect for Chinalyst {link no longer exists], the people behind it, and for the competition itself and I truly was honored last year when you, our readers, voted us the Best China Blog in the Business/Law category. Our choosing not to compete this year had nothing to do with any of those things. We will continue to “wear” our winning badge from last year with pride (look right).

The reason for our choosing not to participate this year is that last year’s competition brought out a whole slew of really malicious comments about co-blogger Steve Dickinson and me, on the Chinalyst site, on this site, and via email. I firmly believe (though cannot prove) that all or nearly all of them came from one person who is fairly well known in the blogosphere for using aliases.  For reasons about which I can only privately speculate, winning the competition means far more to this person than it should and far more than it means to either Steve or me. We are just not willing to go through the same thing this year. We have worked for many years to build up our reputations and, yes, it is quite troubling when someone seeks to destroy it over what is supposed to be a friendly competition designed to benefit the China blogosphere as a whole.

But like the scam emails that start out talking about dying some horrible death, I conclude this post by letting you know I do not seek your pity and I actually take great comfort from this decision. It frees me up to follow the elections as a pure fan, without my competitive juices kicking in. Having said this, however, I do fully intend to participate in the various races by telling everyone else how they should vote and then campaigning via this blog via social media for those I believe deserve to win.

Let the voting begin.

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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.