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I work with foreign companies who do business with China, either through investment or through purchase of product.


My approach is to try to find practical solutions to complex problems. A long and detailed memorandum explaining why something cannot be done is not useful. Companies working with China need someone who can figure out a practical solution.


I work primarily in the real China: the world of factories, fish plants and farms outside Beijing and Shanghai. Work in these areas requires a command of the Chinese language and an appreciation for the history and culture of China.

Since I am a lawyer, I also work to understand the basis of the Chinese legal system. I have studied its root in the German Civil Code and the Russian adaptation. Then I have looked at the adaptation to the current situation in China.


My work is all done in the Chinese language, which means I am able to get to the source. I do not rely on translations or second hand reports.


My work usually involves China inbound investment and company formation, China labor law, intellectual property law, dispute resolution, outsourcing and trade in goods, contract negotiation and drafting.



Languages spoken: Mandarin, Japanese

Practice areas


  1. International Law: 100%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Steven Dickinson is highly sensitive to all details of an international transaction, especially when local knowledge of culture, history, language and government is needed. I have consistently been impressed with Steve's mastery of business and law. He is an asset to any transaction he assists with.


    Omario Kanji Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Sean Christopher Hayes

    The best on China Law.


    Sean Hayes International law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Harris & Moure

10-11 Floor, Sunshine Tower Office Building
61 Hong Kong Middle Road
Qingdao, WA


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
5 Most Amazing AttorneysN/A2006
Amazing International LawyerWA CEO Magazine2006
Rotarian of the YearLake Forest Park Rotary1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LecturerBeijing University School of Law1996 - 1999
Professor of International Contract NegotiationUniversisty of Washington School of Law1994 - 2002
Head of International Law GroupGarvey Schubert & Barer1984 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
ChinaFileIs Business in China Getting Riskier2013
ChinaFileChina's Play for American Pork2013
AlibabaChina's New Forex Rules2013
AlibabaFactory Closings in South China. All Part of the Plan.2013
China Economic ReviewFarewell to the China Price2011
China Economic ReviewChina's Leap to Nowhere2011
China Economic ReviewExploding the Myth of China FDI2010
China Economic ReviewChina's New Tort Law2010
Global SourcesChina Manufacturing Agreements2010
China Economic ReviewKnow Your China Risks2009
China Economic ReviewOverseas Arbitration and Enforcing Contracts in China.2009
Wall Street JournalChina's Food Fumble2009
China Economic ReviewChina Using Its VAT to Highgrade Manufacturing2008
China BriefAvoiding Mistakes in Chinese Joint Ventures2008
Business WeekDebunking Myths about China's Legal System2007
China Economic ReviewDanone v. Wahaha2007
China Economic ReviewMisrepresenting the Facts:Exploding the myths about China’s fast developing yet unfairly maligned legal system2007
China International BusinessPower To The People: China's New Labor Law2007
Business in VancouverBasic Steps To Protect Your China Business2007
JongoChina DOES have IPR protection, just be smart about it2007
JongoMessage to foreign investors in China: take it slow!2007
China International BusinessQuality Over Quantity: China's New FDI Rules2007
LLC ReviewThe New Law about Limited Liability Companies of the People's Republic of China2006
Chapter on ChinaInternational Corporate Procedures2006
China Law BlogChinese Company Formation -- Forming a Wholly Foreign Owned Entity (WFOE) in China2006
Pacific Rim Law & Policy JournalChina's New Company Law2006
UnknownOutsourcing in China: Five Basics for Reducing Risk2005
Columbia Journal of Transnational LawThe Creation of a Domestic Commercial Paper Market in JapanN/A
UnknownChina Law BlogN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of WashingtonChinese Language and LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IPR SeminarChina's Creative Industry Laws2013
China Law DevelopmentsChina Law Developments2013
American Chamber of CommerceChina's Changing Legal Climate2013
China VIEChina VIEs2012
Hong Kong/Swedish Chamber of CommerceChina's New Five Year Plan2011
Foreign Correspondents Club -- BeijingChina Companies Going Overseas2011
EU Chamber of Commerce -- BeijingWhat Every SME Needs to Know About Chinese Law2011
China IPRManaging IP in China2011
AmCham ChengduChina's Five Year Plan2011
AmCham -- BeijingFive Things SMEs Must Know About China2011
How to Do Business in China -- ManilaHow to do Business in China2010
JP Morgan's China Investors ConferenceAvoiding Joint Venture Mistakes2008
China: The EconomyChina2008
China's New Real Estate LawChina Real Estate Law2008
China's New Labor LawChina's New Labor Contract Law2008
China's New Labor LawChina's New Labor Law2008
The China Business ShowSecrets of Doing Business in China2007
SHAREImplications of China's New Property Law and New Unified Corporate Income Tax2007
Northwest China CouncilShifts in CCP Political, Economic and Legal Policy2007
JP Morgan's Hands On ChinaLessons For Joint Ventures In China2007
China's E-WasteE-Waste In China2007
China's DemocratizationChina's Democratization2007
China Real EstateChina's New Property Law2007
China CnBloggerConLegal Issues With China's Web 2.02007
CCTV-9China's Grassroots Democracy2007
CCTVIntellectual Property in China2007
University of Washington School of LawChina's Company Law2006
The China ForumChina's New Business Pardigm2006
KCBA ConferenceChina's New Company Law2006
International Law Development ConferenceChina Contract Law2006