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Jonathan focuses on international and domestic business transactions and securities. He discovered his love of foreign locales, people, and languages in his early adult years after moving from “small town” Wisconsin, to Hong Kong and then to Sichuan, China. Jonathan is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese and consistently works to enhance his language and business expertise so he can best assist his clients at Harris Bricken with their varied international and domestic projects.

Jonathan studied international business and international law at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., earning both JD and MBA degrees. He describes himself as a businessperson who went to law school rather than a lawyer who studied business. Jonathan’s business clients value his ability to think like a business owner as he provides sound legal guidance while maintaining key business issues at the forefront of the discussion.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his young family, bouncing on their trampoline, playing hide-and-seek, enjoying the outdoors, playing any sport involving a ball, learning guitar, and working on his Spanish.

Foreign Agent Rules (FARA) Spain

We Americans do not like foreign governments meddling in our domestic affairs, but our laws permit some activities if they are disclosed. This is the second of three posts regarding non-governmental (not to be confused with “NGO”) economic and political agents who operate and exert influence on U.S. soil on behalf of foreign governments and

China Hemp CBD Lawyer

If you by any chance follow the Oregon Department of Agriculture (“ODA”) on Twitter and you are interested in international business (especially the trade war with China), you will have noticed the ODA recently (and proudly) posted something both positive and negative for the hemp industry:

ODA’s #Cannabis Policy Coordinator, Sunny Summers &

China Joint Venture Lawyers

Our regular readers know that, generally speaking, the authors of the China Law Blog believe China and the U.S. will continue to decouple, making it increasingly difficult/risky to do business in China. See Alleged US-China “Micro” Deal Does Not Mean a Thing For Most. But our China lawyers continue working with many clients and

China Belt and Road

I like to keep company with savvy international people with expertise that complements mine. My longtime friend, David Baxter, is one of those people. He is a South African who now lives in the Washington, D.C. area but routinely travels all over the world to advise governments and companies as an international development consultant.

Utah-China relations.

With the U.S.-China relationship waffling between antagonistic and somewhat conciliatory (on the U.S. side), many are looking for a glimmer of hope. If there is hope for the U.S.-China relationship, and for returning to increased global economic integration, it will come from Utah in this and the next generation. Why?

Utah’s Roots Reveal Its Desire