Fred is a former diplomat who joined Harris Bricken after more than a decade of international legal experience, primarily in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. His wide range of experience includes starting and operating his own business in Asia, working as an in-house counsel for a Hong Kong-based multinational, as well as many years as a State Department official, providing a client-centric perspective to his legal work.
Fred began his career overseas as a U.S. vice-consul in Guangzhou, China, adjudicating thousands of visa applications and advocating for fairer treatment of American companies and citizens in China and for stronger anti-counterfeiting enforcement. After entering the private sector, Fred worked at a Shanghai law firm as a foreign legal advisor and later joined one of the oldest American law firms in China. He also led the legal team at a Hong Kong-based brand protection consultancy, spending most of his time out in the field, protecting clients against counterfeiters and fraudsters from Binh Duong to Buenos Aires.
Fred is an ardent supporter of FC Barcelona—and would be even in the absence of Catalan forebears who immigrated to Puerto Rico in the mid-1800s. An avid explorer of Hong Kong’s countryside, he now spends much of his free time discovering the Pacific Northwest’s natural charms.
“US bill on Hong Kong sends further chill through city’s economy, stokes fears of American exodus,” South China Morning Post, September 26, 2019.
Lecciones chinas, El Vocero, July 24, 2013
Apuntes sobre el Derecho chino, El Vocero, August 7, 2013
The Canton Fair: Find Out What’s Happening with Your IP, China Law Blog, March 31, 2019
“The New Era of Doing Business in the United States,” Cámara de Comercio, Madrid, Spain, November 8, 2019.
“The New Era of Doing Business in the United States,” Cambra de Comerç, Barcelona, Spain, November 7, 2019.
“The Fight Against Counterfeiting: Views from the Frontlines,” Florida State University, March 1, 2018
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Executive Board, International Practice Section, Washington State Bar Association