James Zimmerman is the Managing Partner of the Beijing office of the international law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce China and served as the Chairman of the chamber in 2007, 2008, 2015, and 2016. Zimmerman is the author of a number of books and articles on China and international trade including the well-recognized China Law Deskbook, a publication of the American Bar Association. Zimmerman has been a registered foreign lawyer with the Ministry of Justice since 1998 and is recognized as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers in the Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey and is listed as a Leading Individual in the category of Corporate/M&A for foreign law firms in China of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific guide to Asia’s commercial law firms. Zimmerman is a member of the California Bar and admitted to practice before the United States Court of International Trade and various other federal courts. He served on the board of the International Institute of Conflicts Prevention & Resolution from 2009 to 2012, and on the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations’ Greater Tumen Initiative from 2009 to 2011. Zimmerman also serves on a number of non-profit boards focused on child health and education issues in China and is active as a fundraiser for charitable organizations. He has lived and worked in Beijing since 1998. His views and comments are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of his law firm or any organization.

Last Updated: February 10, 2017



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James Zimmerman
In a well-drafted task force report issued this week by the Asia Society and the University of California San Diego, a group of scholars and former government officials recommend that the Trump administration take steps to make the U.S.-China...