Dan Harris, Attorney

"Keep it simple. That's what works."
Dan Harris

Dan Harris is internationally regarded as a leading authority on legal matters related to doing business in China and in other emerging economies in Asia. Forbes Magazine, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, BBC News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Economist, CNBC, The New York Times, and many other major media players, have looked to him for his perspective on international law issues.

Dan writes and speaks extensively on Chinese law with a focus on protecting foreign businesses in their China operations and he has had the rare honor of being designated a “Super Lawyer.” His China Law Blog, co-authored by HB Lawyer Steve Dickinson, is regarded as one of the best law blogs on the web today. The ABA Journal recently named the China Law Blog to its Blawg Hall of Fame (a designation given to the top 20 law blogs of all time).

Dan prides himself on his global connections. His indispensable network of top notch lawyers and business leaders around the world helps him stay abreast of the trends and events shaping international law today. He often draws upon this wealth of knowledge and know-how when advising his clients on their overseas enterprises.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dan also spent part of his youth living in Aix-en-Provence, France and in Istanbul, Turkey. In his free time, he works out, spends time with his family and enjoys listening to BBC World as well as a little Springsteen.

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Media Appearances

Trade Deal Alone Won’t Fix Strained U.S.-China Business Relations,” The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2019.

Trade in China: A better way for American business,” The Hill, May 4, 2018.

For some plaintiffs, courts in China are getting better,” The Economist, September 30, 2017.

How China squeezes tech secrets from companies,” CNN Money, August 14, 2017.

More and more American companies have decided their big China opportunity is over,” CNBC News, December 8, 2016.

There’s no ‘China slowdown’ when it comes to technology licensing,” IAM-Media, March 29, 2016.

The Trademark Woes of Michael Jordan (And Many Others) In China,” NPR: All Things Considered, August 16, 2015.

Righting Wrongs,” China Daily, August 26, 2013.

What a China Team Needs,” China Business Review, August 13, 2013.

China Offers Big Risk, Bigger Reward,” CNN Money, August 12, 2013.

5 Tips for Opening a Law Office in China,” Law 360, July 17, 2013.

Held Hostage: Entrepreneurs Uneasy Over Chinese Government Inaction,” Forbes, July 11, 2013.

Labour Disputes: Horrified Bosses,” The Economist, July 3, 2013.

Executive Hostage Taking, While Not Common, Could Rise in “China, Experts Say,” Plastics News, July 1, 2013.

How to Avoid a Hostage Crisis in China,” Inc., July 1, 2013.

“Factory Hostage-Taking Reveals Perils of Downsizing in China,” Bloomberg, July 1, 2013.

Pros and Cons of Doing Business with China,” Fox Business, June 7, 2013.

New Path for Trade: Selling in China,” The New York Times, January 23, 2013.

Why IKEA Took China By Storm, While Home Depot Failed Miserably,” Business Insider, September 14, 2012.

In China, Air cheow-DAN Cries Foul,The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2012.


Joint ventures with your China factory/supplier: Okay, but maybe not, Smart China Sourcing, July 12, 2019

Has Sourcing Product from China Become too Risky? LexBlog, June 20, 2019

The US-China cold war starts now: What you must do to prepare, Global Sources, May 10, 2019

China Licensing Deals so Horrible They are Hard to Believe: Is This a New Scam? Swiss Chamber of Commerce, September 24, 2018.

China Trademark Theft: It’s Baaaack in a Big Way, China Film Insider, August 16, 2018.

Anthony Bourdain’s China Lessons Revisited, China Film Insider, June 8, 2018

Internet-of-Things Devices, Intellectual Property, Venture Capital, China Manufacturing, and the Art of a Clean Deal: Who Owns What? Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal, April 3, 2018.

China Non Disclosure Agreements: Please Do Not Try This at Home, China Film Insider, April 2, 2018

Contracting for Success with Chinese State-Owned Enterprises, Supply Chain Management Review, February 28, 2018.

Why Your NDA is WORSE Than Nothing for China,” China Law Blog, July 8, 2017.

China Joint Venture Jeopardy, Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2017.

Want Your Product In China? Try Using A Local Distributor, Forbes Magazine, September 28, 2016.

9 Tips For China Licensing, Forbes Magazine, August 1, 2016.

Intellectual Property: Things To Know About Building IoT Products in China, Forbes Magazine, June 27, 2016.

China Technology Licensing, Above the Law, April 25, 2016.

5 Ways to Determine Your China Risk, Above the Law, February 29, 2016.

Why Your NDA Does Not Work For China,” Forbes, November 16, 2015.

Why Going Into China Half-Way Is All The Way Risky,” Forbes, November 2, 2015.

China Supply Chain Contracts: The Contract (Liquidated) Damages Provision, Supply Chain Management Review, October 9, 2015.

China’s Tax Authorities Want You, Forbes Magazine, May 28, 2015.

Strategic Contracting in China for Foreign Firms, International Business Review, March 2, 2015.

Contracting in China: A Contract Worth the Paper It’s Written On,” Supply Chain Management Review, January 1, 2015.

Five Key Mistakes To Avoid When Doing Business In China,” Forbes, October 6, 2014.

Do This One Thing Before Doing Business in China,” Forbes Asia, September 7, 2014.

Suing Chinese Companies in the United States Is Usually A Waste Of Time,” Above The Law, May 31, 2014.

Drafting China Contracts That Work.” Above the Law, May 12, 2014.

How GlaxoSmithKline Made My Job As China Lawyer Easier,” Daft Blogger, September 8, 2013.

The Single Best Way To Avoid Being Taken Hostage in China,” Global Sources, June 26, 2013.

Buying Into a China VIE,” Before it’s News, June 18, 2013.

China’s Slowdown and American Business,” Wall Street Journal, September 5, 2012.

“Suing Chinese Companies: The New Wave,” Bloomberg Law Reports, June 10, 2011.

Speaking Engagements

Trade Wars & Supply Chains,” Global Supply Chain Council, June 13, 2019.

Operational Issues in China During the Trade War,” The US-China Business Council (USCBC), Washington, D.C., June 4, 2019.

China and U.S. Law and the Differences that Matter,” 15th Annual Product Liability Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 22, 2019.

“Outsourcing to China and Protecting Your IP,” Faculty of Law and Administration, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland, December 15, 2018.

“International Licensing: Adapting to Recent Developments in China,” Advanced Conference on Current Dealmaking Trends for IP and Technology Licensing, Seattle, WA, August 24, 2018.

China Innovation and IP,” University of Washington Global Innovation Summit, Seattle, WA, July 23, 2018.

Doing Business in China: Structuring Your Deal and Protecting Your IP,” Commercial Law Web Webinar, June 26, 2018.

China IP Challenges for the Automative Industry,” Global Auto Industry, Radio Interview, April 5, 2018.

The New World of Global IP,” RedPoints Webinar, Barcelona, Spain, 2018.

Your IoT Statup and China Legal,” HAX – Shenzhen, KPMG, Hong Kong, July 12, 2017.

China IP Pitfalls and Protections,” China Intellectual Property Road Show, Detroit, MI, July 10, 2017.

China Law for Doing Business in China,” Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati, OH, June 23, 2017.

Global IP, In and Out of China: Protecting your brand via trademarks, inside China and globally,” Cross-Border Summit, Shenzhen, China, April 21, 2017

How to Protect Your Business in China,” Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland, OH, 2017.

Protecting Your IP in China,” China IP Protection — Barcelona, RedPoints Webinar, 2017.

How to Protect your Business in China,” RedPoints Webinar, 2017.

Doing Business in China: Structuring Your Deal and Protecting Intellectual Property,” Commercial Law WebWebinar, May 24, 2016.

China IP,” Is Your IP China Ready?“, LexisNexis Webinar, April 27, 2016.

Avoiding China Business Disputes,” AmCham, Shanghai, China, March 30, 2016.

Avoiding and Winning Disputes Against Chinese Companies,” Emerging and Complex Insurance Claims Forum, Los Angeles, CA, February, 25, 2016.

International Expansion: Preparing to Take Your Business Abroad,” Cardozo Law School, New York, NY, March 16, 2016.

International Trademarks: Securing and Enforcing Clients’ Rights Abroad,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, CA, November 5, 2015.

The Great Transition: China’s Shift to Consumption and Service,” New York City, NY, September 26, 2015.

China Fashion Law Symposium: IP Issues In China,” The Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law and the Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment (FAME) Center, New York City, NY, September 24, 2015.

Critical Legal and IP Protections for China,” Maryland-China Business Council, Potomac, MD, June 23, 2015.

“China IP for the Food Industry,” ConAgra China Education Summit, 2015.

Avoiding and Winning at Chinese Litigation and Arbitration,” Rosemont Convention Center, Chicago, June 20, 2014.

Handling the China Legal Matter,” ATLAS-Beijing, September 25, 2013.

China Legal Trends,” AmCham Beijing, September 24, 2013.

Asia Product Sourcing Done Right: Developments on the legal side of outsourcing,” Medical Device, June 17, 2013.

China IP Protections,” China Business Workshop, March 11, 2013.

Doing Business in China. A Legal Overview,” Lexis-Nexis, February 20, 2013.

Protecting Your IP in Business Deals in the Chinese Market,” China IP, February 8, 2013.

Protecting Your IP From China,” Doing Business in China: A Legal Overview for In-House Teams, February 5, 2013.

Doing Business in China,” Economist Magazine Business Forum, December 13, 2013.


Superb (Highest Rating), Avvo

Preeminent Lawyer (Highest Rating), Martindale-Hubbell

“Amazing Lawyer for International Law” (one of three), Washington CEO Magazine

Order of the Coif


Alaska State Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

Chinese Civil Law Forum

Order of the Coif


  • Grinnell College (B.A.)
  • Indiana University (J.D., magna cum laude)


  • French (Fluent)
  • Russian (Basic)
  • Turkish (Basic)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Alaska
  • Illinois
  • Washington