Experienced China Lawyers. Fluent in Chinese Language and Culture.

Harris Bricken attorneys have been involved with Chinese law long before China became the hot topic.

Steve Dickinson, co-heads our China Law practice. Steve was the first attorney invited to teach in China by an independent Chinese Bar Association and he continues to lecture frequently in China (in both Chinese and in English) regarding international law issues. Steve taught international law at the University of Washington School of Law and he has also acted as a guest lecturer (in Chinese) for the intellectual property law program at the Beijing University School of Law and international contract law in Italy for the International Development Law Organization.

Dan Harris has been handling international law matters in Asia for more than 15 years. Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in China.

Mathew Alderson heads up our China media and entertainment team out of Beijing, where he has been living and working for nearly a decade.

Ben Dietz began his Chinese language and culture studies in 1980 and then spent two years working with a Taiwanese law firm. He is fluent in both spoken and written Chinese. Ben’s practice focuses mostly on advising American and European companies on the legal aspects of doing business in Taiwan and in China.

Matthew Dresden leads our China intellectual property and IP licensing practices and in addition to being fluent in Mandarin, he speaks Thai.

Sara Xia leads our China cybersecurity and data privacy practices. Sara has law degrees from top laws school in both China and the United States and she has been helping Western companies with the legal side of China business since 2009.

Li Xiuhua has a Masters of International Law from Qingdao University and she works for us mostly out of Qingdao, China.

Grace Yang heads our China employment law practice. Grace has law degrees from top law schools in both China and the United States and she has been helping Western companies navigate China since 2011. Grace splits her time between Seattle and Beijing.

Vicky Yao has law degrees from top law schools in China and England an a Masters in Jurisprudence from Oxford. Vicky advises foreign and Chinese clients on corporate matters involving capital markets, banking, IP, and M&A.


In addition to our dedicated China team, other lawyers in our firm frequently assist on China matters that involve other countries or specialized knowledge.

Leading national and international media, including The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Forbes, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, China Economic Review, China International Business Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio (NPR), and CCTV (China Central Television), have all come to us because of our China law expertise.

We Focus On SMEs

The focus of our Chinese law practice is on the small and medium-sized company needing China law assistance. Though hardly anything in a Chinese legal matter could ever be said to be typical, the nature of our Chinese transactional and litigation work usually has some common threads. The corporate side of our China work often involves assisting American or European companies in establishing their operations in China and protecting their intellectual property and brand name rights. We constantly draft Chinese manufacturing contracts, joint venture agreements, and employment contracts and all sorts of buy-sell transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. The litigation side of our China work usually involves assisting American and European companies in pursuing claims against companies that violated intellectual property rights, failed to pay on a contract, or manufactured defective goods. We frequently assist American and European law firms on matters that require our China legal knowledge.

Cost Effectiveness is Key – No Surprises

Harris Bricken does much of its more routine China work on a flat fee basis. We most often charge a flat fee for OEM agreements, employment contracts, employer manuals, China trademark filings, NNN agreements , and company formations (usually WFOEs), among other things.

Our focus is on achieving our client’s goals effectively and at the lowest reasonable cost. We develop effective solutions to meet our clients’ needs in a way that actually works under China’s legal system. We never propose an elegant legal solution with no practical application under Chinese law or to the on the ground realities.

Our lawyers’ ability to work directly in the Chinese language is a huge asset. It allows us to conduct negotiations and draft contracts in Chinese without the need for constant translation and retranslation. This saves you money and time.

For more on our China practice go here or contact us here.