Dan Harris, Partner

"Keep it simple. That's what works."
Dan Harris

Dan Harris is internationally regarded as a leading authority on legal matters related to doing business in emerging markets. Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, The BBC, 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 international law with a focus on protecting businesses in their foreign operations and he has had the rare honor of being designated a “Super Lawyer.” Dan started and operates the China Law Blog, which is regarded as one of the best law blogs on the web today. The ABA Journal 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 and business leaders around the world helps him stay abreast of the trends and events shaping international law today. Many of his matters have involved novel cross-border issues and a wide spectrum of substantive areas—from contract disputes concerning failed joint ventures to trade secret infringement and economic espionage, to product liability, to IP litigation. Dan is known for testing new theories internationally, including on issues of first impression related to piercing the corporate veil in Chinese and Korean courts, the attorney-client privilege in the context of a China-related matter, the Hague service and evidence conventions, PRC data laws, and the enforcement of US court judgments in China and Chinese court judgments in the United States and in Europe. Dan also has probably handled more cases involving Sinosure than any other attorney in the United States and he is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on Sinosure outside of China.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dan also spent part of his youth living in Aix-en-Provence, France and in Istanbul, Turkey and more recently he lived in Madrid, Spain for a year. In his free time, he works out, spends time with his family, enjoys listening to BBC World and Bruce Springsteen, and incessantly traveling the world, often with an eye to improving his Spanish.

What clients have to say about Dan

“I have been working with Dan Harris and the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for many years and they have always provided us with clear and actionable international law advice. Harris Sliwoski recently provided us legal support to help us move our manufacturing out of China and into various other countries around the world. Harris Sliwoski’s international manufacturing lawyers helped us with our new manufacturing contracts, their international IP lawyers helped us with our IP matters, and their International Trade lawyers helped us with our trade, customs, and tariff issues. It was truly a pleasure to be able to use one shop for all of this, and without exception their attorneys did a great job for us. I never hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any company doing business internationally.”

–  E. Benjamin Buttolph, CFO | Xentris Wireless  

“I’ve been working with Dan Harris and Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years, both as a business owner and as an executive at a large hospital system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

– Dan Pak | Hospital Supply Chain Executive

“I’ve been extraordinarily impressed with Harris Sliwoski. They have helped us with tariff related questions and hiring foreign employees. They are also well connected and they have given us many valuable people to get additional help from. Everyone I’ve worked with thus far have been experts in their niches. There is a huge difference between a good attorney and a world-class attorney. This firm is a group of truly world-class attorneys!”

  Mike Kaeding, CEO | Norhart 

“I feel fortunate for Elara’s relationship with Harris Sliwoski. We are a leading supplier of personal protective equipment and our business has really taken off due to COVID. This accelerated our need to retain high level international counsel and the international team at Harris Sliwoski has definitely fit that bill for us. We have worked mostly with Fred Rocafort, John McDonald, and Dan Harris and each have provided us with invaluable and proactive legal assistance. What all three share though is their commitment to doing their best for Elara and an ability to always gladly and clearly answer whatever questions we might have.”

– Dan Grinberg, CEO | Elara  


“We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team (Dan Harris and Jihee Ahn) provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.”

Kevin English, CEO | We Are Camp

“We used Harris Sliwoski to help protect an international copyright matter. They were quick and efficient to work to solve the problem. They also helped protect us from having any future issues, which we have had none since. Dan Harris was always attentive and easy to work with. They are an amazing firm, and we highly recommend them.”

– Clayton Custom

More About Dan

Leaving China for Mexico: The Challenges and the Opportunities, Content Enablers Webinar, June 20, 2023.

International Arbitration: Regional Trends and Tactics, Harris Sliwoski Webinar, June 6, 2023.

Moving Your Manufacturing from China to Mexico, Harris Sliwoski Webinar, February 23, 2023.

Nearshoring to Mexico: The Opportunities and the Challenges, NCBFAA, January 31, 2023.

Transacting Business in Today’s China, Solution Nation podcast, September 3, 2022.

The Looming War Over Taiwan, Escalation, and What Businesses Need To Know, Wiley webinar, September 7, 2022.

Protecting your Company in the International Business and Trade Arena, International Trade and Business Development Conference, August 18, 2022.

Moving Your Manufacturing From China to Mexico, Harris Sliwoski webinar, February 8, 2022.

U.S.-China Relations in 2021: Emerging Risks – Panel II: The CCP’s Control of Markets and Data, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, September 8, 2021.

Reconfiguring Global Supply Chain Footprint, East West Associates webinar, June 24, 2021.

Podcast guest, Tales of the Tribunal, May 13, 2021.

Program, Product Liability Claims Against Overseas Manufacturers, Strafford Webinars, December 15, 2020.

China Town Hall, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, November 10, 2020.

China Cybersecurity Regime, The Financial Executives Networking Group, Inc. (FENG), October 28, 2020.

COVID-19 Exposing Risks in the Medical Devices Supply Chain, Kroll, June 30, 2020.

China: Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce, June 26, 2020.

Getting “The Edge” in an Unequal Playing Field in America and Abroad, AnyStrike, June 16, 2020.

Successful China Sourcing and Contracting, Transnational Transparent Procurement webinar, June 1, 2020.

Navigating PPE Purchases from China, HB Conferences Webinar, April 23, 2020.

You can’t just say ‘pandemic’: A conversation with Dan Harris, Compliance Cosmos, April 16, 2020.

Buying Face Masks and Other PPE from China: Not for the Faint of Heart, The Roy Green Show, April 5, 2020.

Keeping it Simple with Dan Harris (Law Across the Sea), Think Tech Hawaii, March 3, 2020.

Trade Wars or Truce? Legalities of Doing Business with China in 2020, World Trade Center Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, February 5, 2020.

Trade Wars & Supply Chains, Global Supply Chain Council, June 13, 2019.

Operational Issues in China During the Trade War, The US-China Business Council (USCBC), Washington, D.C., June 4, 2019.

China and U.S. Law and the Differences that Matter, 15th Annual Product Liability Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 22, 2019.

What You Should Know About U.S.-China Trade War, Interview with Global Auto Industry, May 22, 2019.

Outsourcing to China and Protecting Your IP, Faculty of Law and Administration, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland, December 15, 2018.

International Licensing: Adapting to Recent Developments in China, Advanced Conference on Current Dealmaking Trends for IP and Technology Licensing, Seattle, WA, August 24, 2018.

China Innovation and IP, University of Washington Global Innovation Summit, Seattle, WA, July 23, 2018.

Doing Business in China: Structuring Your Deal and Protecting Your IP, Commercial Law Web Webinar, June 26, 2018.

China IP Challenges for the Automative Industry, Global Auto Industry, Radio Interview, April 5, 2018.

The New World of Global IP, RedPoints Webinar, Barcelona, Spain, 2018.

How to Protect Your IoT Startup, HAX – Shenzhen, KPMG, Hong Kong, July 12, 2017.

China IP Pitfalls and Protections, China Intellectual Property Road Show, Detroit, MI, July 10, 2017.

China Law for Doing Business in China, Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati, OH, June 23, 2017.

Global IP: Protecting Your Brand via Trademarks, Cross-Border Summit, Shenzhen, China, April 21, 2017

How to Protect Your Business in China, Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland, OH, 2017.

Protecting Your IP in China, China IP Protection — Barcelona, RedPoints Webinar, 2017.

How to Protect your Business in China, RedPoints Webinar, 2017.

Doing Business in China: Structuring Your Deal and Protecting Intellectual Property, Commercial Law WebWebinar, May 24, 2016.

China IP,” Is Your IP China Ready?, LexisNexis Webinar, April 27, 2016.

Avoiding China Business Disputes, AmCham, Shanghai, China, March 30, 2016.

Avoiding and Winning Disputes Against Chinese Companies, Emerging and Complex Insurance Claims Forum, Los Angeles, CA, February, 25, 2016.

International Expansion: Preparing to Take Your Business Abroad, Cardozo Law School, New York, NY, March 16, 2016.

International Trademarks: Securing and Enforcing Clients’ Rights Abroad, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, CA, November 5, 2015.

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.

Critical Legal and IP Protections for China, Maryland-China Business Council, Potomac, MD, June 23, 2015.

China IP for the Food Industry, ConAgra China Education Summit, 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, 2013.

China is a Stormy Place to do Business Right Now After Shock Exec Arrests and Foxconn Probes, Business Insider, October 23, 2023.

Companies Are Leaving China, Where Are They Going, And Why?, Coalition For A Prosperous America, September 28, 2023.

China’s Latest Problem: People Don’t Want to Go There, Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2023.

How smugglers flood the US with Chinese fake designer bags — hidden under umbrellas, New York Post, July 31, 2023.

Hong Kong losing edge to Singapore as legal hub? No major shift, ‘stable and robust’ judiciary still strong, says lawyer in John Lee’s delegation to Asean countries, South China Morning Post, July 23, 2023.

A Southern Indiana Woman was Killed at Work. A Chinese Company Ignored a Judge’s Ruling to Pay Up, WDRB.com, July 13, 2023.

China is Sharpening its Lawfare Weapons to Target Foreign Companies, Quartz, June 30, 2023

China wants to compete with Elon Musk’s Starlink, The China Project, June 29, 2023.

As China Debate Heats Up, Biggest Risk is Shift in Focus, Forbes, June 13, 2023.

How to Safely Reduce Your China Product Prices Because NOW is the Time, Lexology, June 9, 2023.

In China, the Police Came for the Consultants. Now the C.E.O.s Are Alarmed., The New York Times, May 12, 2023.

‘We Are Going to Find the Money’: Attorneys Brace for Hurdles in Collecting $30M Verdict, ALM Global, April 27, 2023.

China Spy Law Adds to Chilling Effect of Detentions, Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2023.

Near-Shoring: Can Manufacturing Move From China To Mexico?, Forbes, April 14, 2023.

For Manufacturers Fed Up with China, Some Roads Lead to Mexico, Plastics Today, March 10, 2023.

Is Mexico set to overtake China as the world’s factory?, CIPS, March 3, 2023.

China eased Covid rules to spur economic growth, but US companies still plot manufacturing shifts, South China Morning Post, December 27, 2022.

How TikTok Became a Diplomatic Crisis, The New York Times, December 20, 2022.

China first: The untold story of how Starbucks has cozied up to the Communist Party in pursuit of explosive growth, Fast Company, November 15, 2022.

International Lawyer on US Firms in China, NTD Business, November 1, 2022.

Foreign businesses want out of China. But breaking up may be tougher than ever, Los Angeles Times, August 28, 2022.

NBA owners, mum on China relationship, have more than $10 billion invested there, ESPN, May 19, 2022.

NBA owners have combined $10bn invested in China, study shows, The Guardian, May 19, 2022.

Chinese Companies in Dilemma Over Russia, Voice of America, March 24, 2022.

Foreign businesses in China need to heed the lessons of Russian exodus, Financial Times, March 22, 2022.

Russian IP Animus Fuels Risk, Uncertainty as Firms Recalibrate, Bloomberg Law, March 21, 2022.

Attending the Beijing Winter Olympics? Use a Burner PhoneJapan Forward, January 28, 2022.

China’s Xi Jinping A Danger To American Business, Forbes, September 28, 2021.

Another Win for China’s Hostage Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, September 28, 2021.

Chinese companies seek to reopen path for New York IPOs, Nikkei Asia, September 7, 2021.

Chinadown, National Review, July 30, 2021.

China’s pricey ultimatum, World News, July 29, 2021.

Why Beijing’s latest crackdown should worry foreign investors, Financial Review, July 28,2021.

Beijing’s threat to VIEs triggers Wall Street angst over China stocks, Financial Times, July 27, 2021.

Genetic Data Collection by Chinese Company Poses Global Policy Challenge, Experts Say, Voice of America, July 16, 2021.

Republican members of US Congress focus more on China in social media posts, study says, South China Morning Post, July 15, 2021.

Podcast guest discussing China and Supply Chains, Bloomberg News SoundOn, June 29, 2021.

China says US sanctions have no ‘legal effect’ in Hong Kong or China, but analysts urge caution, South China Morning Post, January 5, 2021.

Outgoing US Justice Department officials call their ‘China Initiative’ to counter Beijing a success, South China Morning Post, November 17, 2020.

Why Does Trump Have a Chinese Bank Account?, Foreign Policy, October 21, 2020.

China Considers Toughening Rules for Foreign English Teachers, Voice of America, July 31, 2020.

Why America Is Afraid of TikTok, The Atlantic, July 30, 2020.

China’s New Tool to Chase Down Fugitives: American Courts, Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2020.

China Turning to US Courts System to Pursue Fugitives Wanted for Corruption, Newsmax, July 29, 2020.

Everybody and His Dog Is Trying to Sell Medical Equipment’, Wired, April 17, 2020.

Coronavirus: inside China’s ‘Wild West’, where ‘mask machines are like cash printers’, South China Morning Post, April 17, 2020.

Faulty masks. Flawed tests. China’s quality control problem in leading global COVID-19 fight, Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2020.

Faulty N95 Masks Hamper Hospitals on Coronavirus Front Line, The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2020.

Politics aside, U.S. relies on China supplies to fight coronavirus, The Japan Times, April 03, 2020.

China extiende un récord de certificados de fuerza mayor a sus empresas por el coronavirus,” EuropaPress, February 28, 2020.

Chinese firms use obscure legal tactics to stem virus losses,” The Economist, February 22, 2020.

Chinese companies seeking contract exemptions amid outbreak raise new concernsProperty Casualty 360, February 20, 2020.

COVID-19 Coronavirus And Complex Supply Chains, Forbes, February 15, 2020.

Global companies scramble to respond to coronavirus in China, Washington Post, January 29, 2020.

China’s prison slaves forced to pack Quaker oats, The Times, January 19, 2020.

US-China trade deal: Five things that aren’t in it, BBC, January 16, 2020.

Businesses Say Trade Deal Is a Good First Step but Want Tariffs to End, The Wall Street Journal, January 15, 2020.

China’s manufacturing exodus set to continue in 2020, despite prospect of trade war deal, South China Morning Post, January 9, 2020.

Why China Isn’t Celebrating the Phase One Trade Deal, Foreign Policy, December 18, 2019.

Two Canadians got caught in a spat between the US and China. They’ve been in prison for a year, CNN, December 10, 2019.

Is Hong Kong in its ‘death throes’? SupChina, November 28, 2019.

Trump Signed a Bill Supporting the Hong Kong Protests, and China Isn’t Happy, Fortune, November 27, 2019.

As Hong Kong suffers, China risks losing its financial window on the world, The Guardian, November 26, 2019.

Many Chinese manufacturers are behaving as though they have no future, BoingBoing, November 15, 2019.

Before you ask your Chinese factory for a discount, make sure you won’t be kidnapped and/or have your product clonedBoingBoing, November 13, 2019.

Korean or Chinese? Copycat dollar stores face intellectual property crackdown from South Korea, South China Morning Post, October 20, 2019.

China Detains 2 Americans Amid Growing Scrutiny of Foreigners, The New York Times, October 17, 2019.

As trade war deepens, a state-owned insurer in China helps soften the blow, Reuters, September 12, 2019.

The specter of global disintegration, Axios, September 5, 2019.

‘It’s Life or Death:’ Hong Kong Protests Risk Its Special Trade Relationship With the U.S., Fortune,  August 19, 2019.

Hong Kong protests: ‘We don’t want to leave but may have no choice’, BBC, August 16, 2019.

How China’s crime crackdown has spooked expats used to wilder living, The Telegraph, July 14, 2019.

Trade Deal Alone Won’t Fix Strained U.S.-China Business Relations, The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2019.

Trade in China: A better way for American business, The Hill, May 4, 2018.

For some plaintiffs, courts in China are getting better, The Economist, September 30, 2017.

How China squeezes tech secrets from companies, CNN Money, August 14, 2017.

More and more American companies have decided their big China opportunity is over, CNBC News, December 8, 2016.

There’s no ‘China slowdown’ when it comes to technology licensing, IAM-Media, March 29, 2016.

The Trademark Woes of Michael Jordan (And Many Others) In China, NPR: All Things Considered, August 16, 2015.

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.

New Path for Trade: Selling in China, The New York Times, January 23, 2013.

Why IKEA Took China By Storm, While Home Depot Failed Miserably, Business Insider, September 14, 2012.

In China, Air cheow-DAN Cries Foul, The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2012.

Rough Seas: Ex-Kirkland Lawyer Talks About Japanese Whaling Row, The AmLaw Daily, September 10, 2010.

Quotes of the Day, Time, May 27, 2010.

China Law Blog, Contributing Writer, 2006 – Present; Managing Editor and Publisher, 2006 – Present.

The Five Most Basic Rules for Doing Business in a Foreign Country, Global Sources, September 24, 2021.

Commercial Hostages in International Business Disputes, SSRN, September 29, 2020.

Fuerza mayor en tiempos del coronavirus,” CincoDías, March 10, 2020.

Joint ventures with your China factory/supplier: Okay, but maybe not, Smart China Sourcing, July 12, 2019

Has Sourcing Product from China Become too Risky? LexBlog, June 20, 2019

The US-China cold war starts now: What you must do to prepare, Global Sources, May 10, 2019

China Licensing Deals so Horrible They are Hard to Believe: Is This a New Scam? Swiss Chamber of Commerce, September 24, 2018.

China Trademark Theft: It’s Baaaack in a Big Way, China Film Insider, August 16, 2018.

Anthony Bourdain’s China Lessons Revisited, China Film Insider, June 8, 2018

Internet-of-Things Devices, Intellectual Property, Venture Capital, China Manufacturing, and the Art of a Clean Deal: Who Owns What? Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal, April 3, 2018.

China Non Disclosure Agreements: Please Do Not Try This at Home, China Film Insider, April 2, 2018

Contracting for Success with Chinese State-Owned Enterprises, Supply Chain Management Review, February 28, 2018.

Why Your NDA is WORSE Than Nothing for China, China Law Blog, July 8, 2017.

China Joint Venture Jeopardy, Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2017.

Want Your Product In China? Try Using A Local Distributor, Forbes Magazine, September 28, 2016.

9 Tips For China Licensing, Forbes Magazine, August 1, 2016.

Intellectual Property: Things To Know About Building IoT Products in China, Forbes Magazine, June 27, 2016.

China Technology Licensing, Above the Law, April 25, 2016.

5 Ways to Determine Your China Risk, Above the Law, February 29, 2016.

Why Your NDA Does Not Work For China, Forbes, November 16, 2015.

Why Going Into China Half-Way Is All The Way Risky, Forbes, November 2, 2015.

China Supply Chain Contracts: The Contract (Liquidated) Damages Provision, Supply Chain Management Review, October 9, 2015.

China’s Tax Authorities Want You, Forbes Magazine, May 28, 2015.

Strategic Contracting in China for Foreign Firms, International Business Review, March 2, 2015.

Contracting in China: A Contract Worth the Paper It’s Written On, Supply Chain Management Review, January 1, 2015.

Five Key Mistakes To Avoid When Doing Business In China, Forbes, October 6, 2014.

Do This One Thing Before Doing Business in China, Forbes Asia, September 7, 2014.

Suing Chinese Companies in the United States Is Usually A Waste Of Time, Above The Law, May 31, 2014.

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.

China’s Slowdown and American Business, Wall Street Journal, September 5, 2012.

Suing Chinese Companies: The New Wave, Bloomberg Law Reports, June 10, 2011.

Superb (Highest Rating), Avvo

Preeminent Lawyer (Highest Rating), Martindale-Hubbell

“Amazing Lawyer for International Law” (one of three), Washington CEO Magazine

Order of the Coif

Alaska State Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

Chinese Civil Law Forum

Order of the Coif

  • Grinnell College (B.A.)
  • Indiana University (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • French (Fluent)
  • Turkish (Basic)
  • Spanish (Basic)
  • Alaska
  • Illinois
  • Washington