Steve focuses on assisting foreign companies that do business in and with China. He prides himself on working in the “real” China: the world of factories, fish plants, and farms that lie outside of Beijing and Shanghai. Work in these areas requires a command of the Chinese language and an appreciation for the history and culture of China, and Steve possesses both of those in spades.
Having lived in China for years, and having mastered both its language and its legal system, Steve’s unique expertise makes him an invaluable resource for our clients. His work is done entirely in the Chinese language, which gives him a much deeper and more accurate understanding of the source material than can be obtained through translations or second-hand reports. It also greatly increases efficiency and reduces costs.
Steve was named one of Washington State’s “5 Most Amazing Attorneys” by Washington CEO Magazine (along with Harris Bricken attorney Dan Harris) and one of only three “Washington State Amazing Lawyers” in International Law. Steve was the first attorney to be invited to China by an independent Bar Association and he has lectured in Chinese at the University of Beijing School of Law and to the Shanghai Bar Association.
Steve is a frequent speaker throughout the United States and in China (both in English and in Chinese) on various issues relating to International, Chinese, and United States law. He also co-authors the China Law Blog.
Steve spends his free time reading Chinese poetry and philosophy and participating in Qingdao Hash House Harrier runs.
Regular contributor to the award-winning China Law Blog.
“More on What You Need to Know About the New Rules for Online Publishing,” China Film Insider, March 3, 2016.
“What You Need to Know About the New Rules for Online Publishing,” China Film Insider, March 2, 2016.
“China Contracts: Why Hong Kong Courts Are a Really Big Mistake,” China Film Insider, December 2, 2015.
“China’s Great Firewall Is Rising,” Foreign Policy,” February 3, 2015.
“Is Multinational Business in China Getting Riskier, Or Are Multinationals Taking More Risks?,” China File, 2013.
“Factory Closings in China. All Part of The Plan,” Alibaba, 2013.
“The Creation of a Domestic Commercial Paper Market in Japan,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 2011.
“Outsourcing in China: Five Basics for Reducing Risk,” Business and Law, February 2005.
“The New Law about Limited Liability Companies of the People’s Republic of China” (translated into German for the GmbH Rundschau), LLC Review, March 2006.
China Chapter, International Corporate Procedures, 2006.
“Data Sheet—How Trump’s China Trade War Is Morphing Into a Tech War,” Fortune, May 22, 2019.
“China’s Great Firewall is Rising,” Foreign Policy, February 3, 2015.
“Consultants’ Trial in China Highlights Perils of Business Investigations,” Voice of America, July 29, 2014.
“Chinese snap up fine art for use in laundering schemes,” CNN Money, February 21, 2014.
“Beijing loses billions as rich skip taxes,” CNN Money, February 10, 2014.
Affiliate Professor of Law, University of Washington (1995-2000)
Partner, Garvey Schubert Barer (1984-1995)
Lecturer (in Chinese), Beijing University School of Law (1996-1999)
“How to Protect Your IP in and from China,” Hardware Massive, Shenzhen, China, November 2, 2016.
“Pre-investment, Investment and Post Investment Matters from US Perspectives,” North America China Council, Seattle, WA, February 23, 2016.
“Webinar on China’s tax system and economic growth,” TaxLinked.net, December 16, 2015.
“NNN Agreements, Not NDAs,” Harris Bricken, October 6, 2015.