If you interested in trade disputes involving the US and China or just in need of free CLE credits you should attend the Brooklyn Law School’s “Trade Disputes Involving the United States and China” on January 21. The conference features two judges from the US Court of International Trade (the Honorable Claire Kelly and the Honorable Donald Pogue), the former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (Bill Kovacic), and law firm partners who represent both the pro- and anti-China side of trade disputes.  Dorsey & Whitney partner Bill Perry, who represents Chinese exporters and US importers, will be countered by Chris Cloutier, now at King & Spalding and formerly Acting Deputy Director of Trade Remedy Compliance in the US embassy in Beijing.  

The topics should be interesting to anyone involved in US/China trade work. Some people are unaware that specialized laws allow American companies to seek relief against “unfair” foreign imports by adding high tariffs. Despite China’s participation in the world economy for the past three decades, the U.S. government still treats it as a “non-market economy,” which makes it easier to slap on high tariffs in these cases, sometimes well over 100% of the value of the import. On the flip side, some American companies complain that they have a difficult time entering the Chinese market, and the U.S. government has brought cases against China in recent years at the World Trade Organization.  The result is a tit-for-tat exchange of accusations and trade obstacles between the United States and China both at home and on the world stage.

 
The event is free and open to the public, but you will need to RSVP. I am told that there are not many seats remaining, so to reserve your seat (and get your free CLE credits), go here, and fast.
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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.