Jonathan Bench, Attorney

Jonathan Bench

Jonathan is co-chair of Harris Bricken’s corporate practice group, where he helps public and private companies with international and domestic business transactions. His clientele includes companies from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. Jonathan has worked and consulted in Asia and South America and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.

Jonathan co-hosts Harris Bricken’s weekly Global Law and Business podcast, which covers legal and economic developments in locales around the world. In addition, Jonathan is a regular contributor to the award-winning China Law Blog and the award-winning Canna Law Blog.

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.

Jonathan regularly presents to business owners and organizations regarding international business transactions, particularly foreign direct investment and the international cannabis trade.

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

More About Jonathan

Speaking Engagements

Co-Host of Harris Bricken’s Global Law and Business Podcast.

Investing in India – Business and Legal Considerations – Part III, FAO Global, August 13, 2020.

Investing in India – Business and Legal Considerations – Part 2, FAO Global, July 15, 2020.

Southeast Asia as an Alternative to China, Wold Trade Center Utah, May 20, 2020.

COVID-19, Companies Making Culture Podcast, April 7, 2020.

How to Rebuild Your Asia Supply Chain, FAO Global Webinar, March 26, 2020.

Effects of COVID-19 on Doing Business with China, WTC Utah Webinar, March 19, 2020.

Trade Wars or Truce? Legalities of Doing Business with China in 2020,WTC Utah, February 5, 2020.

Intoxicles and Mug Buddy CookiesGreenlight Maine, November 18, 2018.

Key Legal Issues for Emerging Companies, Center for Entrepreneurs: TopGun, 2017, 2018.

Legal Fundamentals for Businesses, Small Business Bootcamp, 2017.

Governance Issues for Startups. Scratchpad Accelerator, 2015.

Media Appearances

China is Ready for CBD. But Regulators Might Not Be. The Wall Street Journal: The Future of Everything Podcast, January 29, 2020.

Representative Work

Represented public Canadian company in $100MM foreign direct investment in U.S. multi-state cannabis operations.

Represented public Chinese company in $3MM acquisition of U.S. technology company.

Represented Australian-owned aviation MRO company in international contracting with European suppliers and customers.

Counseled multiple U.S. companies with China employment matters in Chinese representative offices.

Represented many U.S. issuers in private equity and debt securities issuances under Reg D, including those involving international investors.

Represented U.S. manufacturer in joint venture negotiations with Taiwanese corporation.

Represented Taiwanese-owned fruit orchard partners in partnership dispute.

Counseled Ethiopian-backed U.S. coffee import company with investor relations.

Represented U.S. drone software company in export control and licensing issues relating to European imports.


Rising Star, Super Lawyers

Volunteer Activities

Junior Achievement USA


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
  • The George Washington University School of Business (M.B.A.)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association


  • Mandarin (proficient)
  • Cantonese (proficient)
  • Spanish (basic)