Dan Harris is internationally regarded as a leading expert on legal matters related to doing business in China and in other emerging economies in Asia. Forbes Magazine, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, BBC News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Economist, CNBC, The New York Times, and many other major media players, have looked to him for his perspective on international law issues.
Dan writes and speaks extensively on Chinese law with a focus on protecting foreign businesses in their China operations and he has had the rare honor of being designated a “Super Lawyer.” His China Law Blog, co-authored by HB Lawyer Steve Dickinson, is regarded as one of the best law blogs on the web today. The ABA Journal recently named the China Law Blog to its Blawg Hall of Fame (a designation given to the top 20 law blogs of all time).
Dan prides himself on his global connections. His indispensable network of top notch lawyers, business leaders, and experts around the world helps him stay abreast of the trends and events shaping international law today. He often draws upon this wealth of knowledge and know-how when advising his clients on their overseas enterprises.
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dan also spent part of his youth living in Aix-en-Provence, France and in Istanbul, Turkey. In his free time, he works out, spends time with his family and enjoys listening to BBC World as well as a little Springsteen.
Partner, LeSourd & Patten
Associate Attorney, Kirkland & Ellis
“There’s no ‘China slowdown’ when it comes to technology licensing,” IAM-Media, March 29, 2016.
“Righting Wrongs,” China Daily, August 26, 2013.
“What a China Team Needs,” China Business Review, August 13, 2013.
“China Offers Big Risk, Bigger Reward,” CNN Money, August 12, 2013.
“5 Tips for Opening a Law Office in China,” Law 360, July 17, 2013.
“Held Hostage: Entrepreneurs Uneasy Over Chinese Government Inaction,” Forbes, July 11, 2013.
“Labour Disputes: Horrified Bosses,” The Economist, July 3, 2013.
“Executive Hostage Taking, While Not Common, Could Rise in “China, Experts Say,”Plastics News, July 1, 2013.
“How to Avoid a Hostage Crisis in China,” Inc., July 1, 2013.
“Factory Hostage-Taking Reveals Perils of Downsizing in China,” Bloomberg, July 1, 2013.
“Pros and Cons of Doing Business with China,” Fox Business, June 7, 2013.
“Drafting China Contracts That Work.” Above the Law, May 12, 2014.
“How GlaxoSmithKline Made My Job As China Lawyer Easier,” Daft Blogger, September 8, 2013.
“The Single Best Way To Avoid Being Taken Hostage in China,” Global Sources, June 26, 2013.
“Buying Into a China VIE,” Before it’s News, June 18, 2013.
“Dealing Effectively with Common Chinese Negotiating Techniques,” Practical China Reporter, 2012.
“Making Your Non Disclosure Agreement Work for China,” Practical China Reporter,2012.
“China’s Slowdown and American Business,” Wall Street Journal, September 5, 2012.
“Suing Chinese Companies: The New Wave,” Bloomberg Law Reports, June 10, 2011.
Panelist, “Doing Business in the Trump Era,” Harris Bricken Seminar, Barcelona, Spain, October 25, 2017.
“The Great Transition: China’s Shift to Consumption and Service,” New York City, NY, September 26, 2015.
“China Fashion Law Symposium: IP Issues In China,” The Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law and the Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment (FAME) Center, New York City, NY, September 24, 2015.
“Avoiding and Winning at Chinese Litigation and Arbitration,” Rosemont Convention Center, Chicago, June 20, 2014.
“Handling the China Legal Matter,” ATLAS-Beijing, September 25, 2013.
“China Legal Trends,” AmCham Beijing, September 24, 2013.
“Asia Product Sourcing Done Right: Developments on the legal side of outsourcing,” Medical Device, June 17, 2013.
“China IP Protections,” China Business Workshop, March 11, 2013.
“Doing Business in China. A Legal Overview,” Lexis-Nexis, February 20, 2013.
“Protecting Your IP in Business Deals in the Chinese Market,” China IP, February 8, 2013.
“Protecting Your IP From China,” Doing Business in China: A Legal Overview for In-House Teams, February 5, 2013.
“Doing Business in China,” Economist Magazine Business Forum, December 13, 2012.
RECOGNITION / HONORS
Superb (Highest Rating), Avvo
Preeminent Lawyer (Highest Rating), Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers (2011)
“Amazing Lawyer for International Law” (one of three), Washington CEO Magazine (2006)
magna cum laude, Indiana University School of Law (1984)
Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal (1983-84)
Order of the Coif, Indiana University School of Law
Highest Grade Award in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Antitrust Law, and Law and Economics, Indiana University School of Law
Alaska State Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Chinese Civil Law Forum
Former President, King County Bar Association International Law Committee
Grinnell College (B.A., 1981)
Indiana University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1984)
BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS