Attorney Allan Marson, Special Counsel


A former partner with one of the top law firms in the world, Baker & McKenzie, in their Beijing, New York and Palo Alto offices (1992 to 2011), a U.S. legal consultant for the Taiwanese law firm of Liang & Partners in Taipei, Taiwan, (1985 to 1991), and recently a partner with the intellectual property firm of Ishimaru & Associates, San Jose, attorney Allan Marson has a hard-earned reputation for providing timely and cost-effective legal solutions in China for U.S. companies and in the U.S. for Chinese companies. His background is company formation and acquisition, but his day-to-day focus is the legal challenges companies face while operating in China and the U.S. Through a network of local consultants, Mr. Marson also advises on corporate establishment, technology licensing, global mobility and related regulatory compliance in China, as well as in other countries of East Asia and Eastern Europe and in India.

  • Mr. Marson was conferred a J.D. from the School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1982 and received an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York in 1992, where he was Associate Editor of the Journal of Chinese Law.
  • He is admitted to practice law in California, New York and Washington State.
  • Mr. Marson has a reputation for professional, results-oriented solutions. In addition to practicing law as outside counsel, he managed a residential construction business prior to entering law school, worked in-house for a national retail sales company, and operated his own law firm in 2011.
  • He speaks and reads fluent Mandarin Chinese and has a working knowledge of written French. With assistance of legally-trained Chinese colleagues, Mr. Marson provides quality Chinese-English and English-Chinese legal translations.
  • Mr. Marson had 11 years of experience organizing promotional speaking events for Baker & McKenzie. He frequently speaks and writes on China-related legal topics, including trade and investment, intellectual property licensing, global mobility and related Chinese tax challenges. Recent presentations include IP and expatriate tax updates in China for Bloomberg BNA and an exporting-to-China update sponsored by the U.S. International Trade Administration and Dominican University.
  • Mr. Marson also has a history of volunteering for public service, from working on a crisis line during law school, to mentoring law students in China, counselling recovering alcoholics and drug users in San Jose, CA, and working with orphans in Harare and Chegutu, Zimbabwe.

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