Jonathan Bench, Attorney

Jonathan Bench

Jonathan is co-chair of Harris Bricken’s corporate practice group, where he focuses on international and domestic business transactions. 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 our clients with their varied international and domestic projects. Jonathan co-hosts Harris Bricken’s weekly Global Law and Business podcast, which covers legal and economic developments in locales around the world to decipher global trends in law and business with the help from international guests. 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 has presented to many groups of business owners on legal issues for companies and business owners, including entity formation, partnership agreements, corporate governance, equity and debt financing, business contracts, commercial real estate, intellectual property, M&A, executive compensation, and business succession planning.

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.

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

Understanding CFIUS: Impacts on Chinese Investment in the United States / 理解美国外国投资委员(CFIUS)对中国在美国投资的影响,” FAO Global Webinar, April 9, 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 Cookies,” Greenlight 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.” 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)

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