Adams Lee is a skilled international lawyer with more than twenty years experience providing strategic advice and legal guidance on complex international trade and administrative regulatory matters to US and foreign companies, trade associations, and foreign governments. He has advised companies in a broad range of industries on international trade remedy and trade policy issues and helped develop arguments to advance their interests, manage risk, and create competitive opportunities in the US and global markets.
Adams brings a wealth of knowledge to Harris Bricken’s international trade practice. With a keen focus on China-related matters, he is adept at quickly evaluating strategic options and developing the best comprehensive legal approach in light of relevant policy and case law.
Beyond achieving significant DOC and ITC results that improve our clients’ competitive position, Adams helps our clients understand complex trade issues so they can make well-informed business decisions. The legal work he enjoys the most involves problem-solving in trade cases where the results make a meaningful impact for his clients.
Adams spends his free time exploring all that Seattle and the Northwest have to offer.
“Trump’s Trade War: Tariffs, Deals, What’s Next?” – Deutsche Bank International Investor Mission, Deutsche Bank – New York, NY, October 13, 2018
“International Trade Under Trump” – Korea Summit & China-US Trade Showdown: Impact on Washington Business, True World Group, Seattle, WA, May 17, 2018
“WSCR: Guangxi Delegation – Regulatory Challenges in International Trade” – Washington State China Relations Council, Seattle, WA, July 12, 2017
“NAFTA 2.0: U.S.-Canada Trade Issues” – American Chamber of Commerce, Vancouver, BC Canada, June 13, 2017
“Softwood Lumber Trade Dispute (Version 2.0): How Did We Get Here, and How Do We Get Off This Ride?,” American Chamber of Commerce – Canada, Vancouver, BC, October 4, 2016.
“Trump Won’t Meet Xi Before Trade War Deadline – But There Is Still Hope,” South China Morning Post, Feb. 8, 2019.
“Retaliation Concerns Swirl in Wake of Huawei Indictments,” Law.com, January 29th, 2019.
“Why This California Farmer Loves Tariffs,” The Mercury News, Jan. 12, 2019
“Arrest of Huawei’s CFO Could Prompt More US Businesses to Leave China”, The American Lawyer International, December 6, 2018
“Will China Try to Block Disney-Fox Deal”, The Hollywood Reporter, October 17, 2018
“GCs Turning to Outside Counsel for Calm in the Trade War Storm , Corporate Counsel, www.law.com/corpcounsel, August 17, 2018
“What It Means for U.S. Startups if Trump Clamps Down on Chinese Investment”, Inc.com, June 28, 2018
“China’s ZTE Slams US Ban, Says Company’s Survival At Risk”, Reuters, April 19, 2018
“‘Everything Is on the Table’ in China Real Estate Sell Off”, Commercial Observer, March 7, 2018
“Trump’s Tariffs May Anger China And Here’s How They May Retaliate”, CNBC.com, March 1, 2018
“Chinese Takeover of Waldorf Astoria Owner Anbang Shows New Strategy”, CNBC.com, February 26, 2018
“Forget the Tough Trade Talk: Some US Leaders Are Courting Chinese Investment”, CNBC.com, May 5, 2017
CIT 2013: A Review of Appeals from the International Trade Commission, 46 Georgetown Journal of International Law 125 (2014).
Senior Symposium Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics, New York University
President, Student Bar Association, New York University
cum laude, Harvard University (1989)
New York State Bar Association (1993)
District of Columbia Bar Association (1994)
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1996)
US Court of International Trade (1996)
Washington State Bar Association (2016)
International Trade Attorney, Harris Bricken (2016)
International Trade Counsel, White & Case (2004-2016)
International Trade Associate, White & Case (1995-2004)
International Trade Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher (1994-1995)
Clerk for Judge Richard W. Goldberg, U.S. Court of International Trade (1993-1994)