Matthew Dresden, Attorney

Matthew Dresden

Matthew focuses on international and China law, with an emphasis on intellectual property work. He represents a wide range of companies, from start-ups to NYSE-traded companies. His work has included matters for film studios, cable channels, film and television production companies, video game developers, magazines, restaurants, wineries, international design firms, product manufacturers, outsourcing companies, and computer hardware and software companies.

Before attending law school, Matthew worked in Hollywood for eight years as an independent filmmaker and as a production executive for Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. Before that, he spent three years as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University. He has also worked as a journalist, a transportation planner, a food critic, and a website designer.

Matthew was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spends his free time watching movies, hiking, cooking spicy food, and relaxing with his wife and daughter.

More About Matthew


Julie Roque Fellowship for Environmental Justice

Hildebrand Fellowship, UCLA Canadian Studies Program

Singapura Scholar

KhattarWong Corporate Governance Prize

Chief Managing Editor, Asia Pacific Law Journal

Published Articles

Contributing blog writer on China Film, Business, and IP, China Law Blog.

Co-author, “Top Law Review Articles that Practitioners and Judges Should Know About,” National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2007.

Co-author, “Some Do’s and Don’ts in the Practice of Bankruptcy,” University of Texas CLE, Third Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Practice, 2007.

Must a Bridge Be Beautiful Too?Access Magazine No. 28, 2006.

Media Appearances

Blog posts

Don’t Be Like Mike: Register Trademarks in CHINESE,” China Law Blog, August 9, 2015.

Not So Fast, Fashionistas: China Trademark Registration Is Still Required,” China Law Blog, July 17, 2015.

Don’t Sleep on Your China Trademark,” China Law Blog, May 4, 2015.

China Arbitration: Second Thoughts on Clarity,” China Law Blog, February 18, 2015.

China Payment Terms: Some Tricks Of The Trade,” China Law Blog, January 28, 2015.

China Trademarks: Like a Box of Chocolates,” China Law Blog, August 25, 2014.

China Contracts and the Unknown Counterparty,” China Law Blog, August 19, 2014.

China IP: The Video Game?China Law Blog, August 3, 2014.

China’s New Trademark Law And The Law Of Unintended Consequences,” China Law Blog, June 2, 2014.

China Trademarks. Register Them In China Not Madrid,” China Law Blog, April 14, 2014.

China Design Patents. Because They Work,” China Law Blog, April 13, 2014.

Big Four in the Wasteland. No More Chinese Companies for You,” China Law Blog, January 24, 2014.

Will the Real CIETAC Please Stand Up?,” China Law Blog, May 21, 2013.

Register Your China Trademark Now. Then Register It Again With Customs,” China Law Blog, April 9, 2013.

China Trademarks And Your Logo,” China Law Blog, September 30, 2012.

Leasing Space In China For A Creative Industry WFOE – Renter Beware,” China Law Blog, September 3, 2012.

Batman vs. Spider-Man vs. China Film Group,” China Law Blog, July 22, 2012.

Going To School On How To Build A China Business Relationship,” China Law Blog, November 18, 2011.

Speaking Engagements

A Primer on Advising Directors and Officers on Corporate Governance,” National Business Institute CLE, Seattle, WA, April 27, 2017.


Executive Committee, International Practice Section, Washington State Bar Association

Beverly Hills Bar Association

King County Bar Association


  • Stanford University (B.A., 1993)
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 2006)
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Affairs (M.A., 2006)
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M., Law and the Global Economy, 2010)
  • National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (LL.M., International and Comparative Law, 2010)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • California

Judicial Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jeff Bohm, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas


  • Mandarin
  • French
  • Thai (Conversational)