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.

International litigation lawyer

Chinese companies love using China-style force majeure provisions to take advantage of foreign companies unfamiliar with Chinese law. Our China lawyers (mostly our China contract and dispute resolution lawyers) see this all the time. It is common for international contracts to include a force majeure provision, but those proposed by Chinese companies are anything but

Our China lawyers are constantly asked what to read to stay up on China and our responses truly vary. One of our lawyers reads almost exclusively Chinese language media and social media, believing that anything else is at least somewhat filtered. Another of our lawyers insists that everyone should start their day reading at

China lawyersOne of the compound questions our China lawyers are getting almost daily is “what is happening with China’s economy and what should we do about it.” This post will partially answer both halves of that question.

Our assessment of China’s economy is not based on any deep analysis we perform; it is based on what

International IP lawyers

The Quality Inspection Blog did a really good post, entitled Pros and Cons of Crowdfunding (Kickstarter/Indiegogo) for Startups, explaining (yeah, you guessed it, the pros and cons of crowdfunding. Our international IP lawyers are generally not big crowdfunding fans because we have seen far too many companies publicize their innovative product design and brand name

China lawyers
Pistol Pete Maravich

I used to spend about half my waking day playing basketball, watching basketball, or thinking about basketball. I learned a lot from basketball that applies to life (including lawyering and China), such as the following:

1. Focus on your own improvement and on how you can improve your

China Spain international lawyers

With all that is going on with China’s economy and with its trade discussions with the United States and with US tariffs and with the EU’s mounting frustration with China, our China lawyers are finding themselves more often engaged in “big picture” discussions with our clients than ever before.  We are constantly getting hit with