Dan Harris

Dan Harris

Harris Bricken/China Law Blog
  • International Law, Intellectual Property
  • Alaska, Illinois, Washington
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Aaron A. Pelley
Aaron A. Pelley January 17, 2024
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Dan and his team bring the same hustle and passion to every client. Whether you are a multinational corporation or small mom-and-pop, you will get the exceptional legal representation your company deserves.
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I am an international lawyer who helps Western companies navigate Asia's laws. I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Barcelona, Beijing, Los Angeles, Madrid, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. I am an international attorney/international lawyer who mostly represents companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network, and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland's interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt. I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer. I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I am also the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice. I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska. I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, copyrights), and overseeing M&A transactions. Above all else, I am a problem solver for Western companies that operate internationally.

Practice Areas
International Law
Human Rights, Imports & Exports
Intellectual Property
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Member
Harris Bricken
- Current
Co-founded HarrisBricken an international law firm with lawyers in the United States (Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco), Spain (Barcelona and Madrid) and China (Beijing). We focus on assisting SMEs that do business internationally, particularly those that do business in or with China, Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Indonesia, Germany and Spain.
LeSourd & Patten
Handled domestic and international corporate and litigation matters for clients ranging in size from small family owned businesses to companies like Unocal, GATX, and Canadian Forest Products.
Kirkland & Ellis
Litigation associate working on big case domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Honors: Magna Cum Laude Order of the Coif Managing Editor Multiple Am Jur Awards for Highest Class Grade
Activities: Law Journal
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Robert Koleji
High School
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Grinnell College
B.A. | French, Political Science
Honors: Grinnell Scholar
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Top 100 Blawg
American Bar Association
Chosen for the third straight year (since its inception)by the editors and readers of the American Bar Association Journal as one of the top 100 law blogs.
Highest Ranking -- 10.0
Received a 10.0 ranking from Avvo.com, based on a combination of my experience, reputation, and professional conduct.
A/V (highest) Rating By Lawyer Peers
Received A/V (highest) rating for tenth consecutive year, by my lawyer peers.
Best Regional Blog
American Bar Association
Chosen as a Top 100 blog by the editors of the American Bar Association Journal and then handily voted as the Best Blog within the category of "Regional Blogs."
Best International Lawyer
Washington CEO
Professional Associations
China Civil Law Forum
- Current
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Alaska Bar Association
International Law Section
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China Trade Law Report
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King County International Law
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Articles & Publications
China's Slowdown and American Business
Wall Street Journal
Chinese Companies Court Disaster
Wall Street Journal
How to Avoid Being Held Hostage in China
Forbes Magazine
Why Your NDA Does Not Work For China
Forbes Magazine
China Joint Venture Jeopardy
Wall Street Journal
China's Trademark Laws -- Simple and Effective
China Trade Law Report
Websites & Blogs
China Law Blog
Contact & Map
600 Stewart Street
Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: (206) 224-5657
Fax: (206) 224-5659
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