Xingjian (Jeff) Zhao is a multilingual, U.S.-licensed, international attorney whose practice focuses on corporate compliance, dispute resolution, and appellate advocacy.
Currently based in Diaz Reus’ Shanghai office, Jeff specializes in handling complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters involving multinational entities and cross-border issues.
As part of his transactional practice, Jeff advises China’s largest consumer electronics and home appliances company on cross-border joint venture establishment and related negotiations in Latin America, the U.S., and the Middle East.
Jeff is also a skilled litigator and compliance specialist assisting multinational clients in resolving FCPA issues, claims of RICO and OFAC violations, civil actions brought under U.S. federal and state securities laws, and highly complex but recurrent issues of jurisdiction and venue (including challenges based on forum non conveniens and under the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act), as well as claims of distributorship disputes and breach of contract.
Born in China and raised in the U.S. since his early childhood, Jeff is fluent in both English and Mandarin (as well as the Suzhou dialect). Over the years, Jeff’s cultural background, keen knowledge of the U.S. and Chinese legal systems, and multilingual proficiency have enabled him to build a uniquely tailored practice catering to a diverse clientele.
Prior to joining Diaz Reus in 2010, Jeff served as a law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) in Washington DC, where he worked with DOJ attorneys on civil environmental enforcement matters. In 2006, he also served as an immigration and foreign affairs liaison for U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at her New York City senate office, as well as a research intern at Senator Clinton’s presidential campaign headquarters in the DC area.
During law school, Jeff served as a senior staff member for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, in addition to interning for the Southern Environmental Law Center and the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. He is also a well-published author of articles on an array of legal, economic, and policy issues affecting China and the United States.