Dan Harris

Seattle, Washington
Experience: 30 years
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About Dan Harris

I am an international lawyer who helps Western companies navigate Asia's laws. I am a founder of Harris Moure, an international law firm with offices in Seattle, Portland, and Beijing. 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 China and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues. 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, Inside Counsel, and the Christian Science Monitor, 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.

Language(s) Spoken by Dan Harris

  • French : Spoken, Written
  • Russian : Spoken, Written
  • Spanish : Spoken

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property »
  • International Law


  • Rates, Retainers and Additional InformationAbout 90 percent of our work is done on a flat fee basis. We also accept high end contingency fee cases.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • AlaskaSince 2002
  • Illinois
  • WashingtonSince 1987

Professional Experience

  • Founding Member Harris & Moure, pllc 2000 - Current Co-founded Harris & Moure, pllc, a boutique international law firm with lawyers in Seattle, Washington and Qingdao, China. We focus on assisting SMEs that do business internationally, particularly those that do business in or with China, Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Germany and Spain.
  • Associate/Partner LeSourd & Patten 1989 - 2000 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.
  • Associate Kirkland & Ellis 1984 - 1988 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 G
  • Robert Koleji High School
  • Grinnell College B.A. | French, Political Science Honors: Grinnell Scholar


  • Top 100 Blawg American Bar Association 2009 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 Avvo 2009 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 Martindale-Hubbell 2009 Received A/V (highest) rating for tenth consecutive year, by my lawyer peers.
  • Best Regional Blog American Bar Association 2008 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 2006

Professional Association

  • China Civil Law Forum #612597 Member 2003 - Current
  • Alaska Bar Association #612598 International Law Section 2000 - 2009
  • China Trade Law Report #612599 Editor 2006 - 2007
  • King County International Law #612600 President 2005 - 2006

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 January 11, 2016
  • Why Your NDA Does Not Work For China Forbes Magazine November, 2015
  • China Joint Venture Jeopardy Wall Street Journal June, 2007
  • China's Trademark Laws -- Simple and Effective China Trade Law Report September, 2006


600 Stewart Street
Suite 1200 Seattle
Seattle, WA 98101 USA

Telephone: (206) 224-5657
Fax: (206) 224-5659

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