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Jonathan is co-chair of Harris Bricken’s corporate practice group, where he helps public and private companies with international and domestic business transactions. His clientele includes companies from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Jonathan has worked and consulted in the U.S., Asia, and South America and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.

Jonathan co-hosts Harris Bricken’s weekly Global Law and Business podcast, which covers legal and economic business developments around the world. He is a regular contributor to the award-winning China Law Blog and the award-winning Canna Law Blog, where he shares his practical insights into doing business internationally and in the cannabis and emerging products industries.

Jonathan studied international business and international law at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., earning both JD and MBA degrees. He describes himself as a businessperson who went to law school rather than a lawyer who studied business. Jonathan’s business clients value his ability to think like a business owner as he provides sound legal guidance while maintaining key business issues at the forefront of the discussion.

Jonathan regularly presents to business owners and organizations regarding international business transactions, particularly foreign direct investment and the international cannabis trade.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his young family, enjoying the outdoors, practicing Hapkido, learning guitar, and working on his Spanish.

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