Jerry Zhu, born and raised in Shanghai, China, studied law at the Law Research Institute of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He emigrated to the United States in 1981 to continue his studies and received his LL.M. from the University of Washington (UW) School of Law in 1982. In 1987 Zhu became the first Washington state bar member from mainland China, and three years later, the first Chinese national to make partner at a major American law firm.
Today, with more than 25 years of experience at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Zhu uses his expertise in China’s legal and government systems to advise and represent American and Chinese companies on a wide range of legal issues that arise from foreign investment in China and Chinese investment in the United States. These issues involve the structuring of the proposed investment, establishing the appropriate legal vehicles, constructing manufacturing facilities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property protection, labor and employment, and more. Zhu negotiated the first agreement permitting a foreign company to use land in China, which triggered the start of the commercial use of land with monetary compensation and the ensuing real estate market in China. He negotiates joint venture contracts between Chinese entities and foreign-owned enterprises and also represents Chinese companies on legal issues involving their American operations. As an affiliate professor, Zhu taught Chinese law at the UW School of Law for nine years. He is truly a cross-cultural legal expert when it comes to China and the United States.
When, in 1994, Zhu opened the Shanghai office of Davis Wright Tremaine, it was the first time the Chinese government allowed an American law firm to establish a presence in Shanghai. Zhu is a trailblazer for hundreds of legal professionals, who are now focusing on China-related legal matters and working as lawyers in the China practice groups of prestigious international law firms, within in-house counsel departments of multinational companies, in the legislative and executive branches of governments as well as teaching at universities. They are building a legal and cultural bridge between two of the most important countries in the world. Not a small number of them graduated from the Ph.D., LL.M, and J.D. programs of the UW School of Law. The China Practice Group of Davis Wright Tremaine has 18 lawyers and legal consultants, of whom 6 are graduates from the UW School of Law.>> Back to Many Faces