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Background

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.

Jeff’s record of success on behalf of Diaz Reus’ clients include:
  • Cortez v. Palace Resorts, et. al., 123 So. 3d 1085 (Fla. 2013), reh’g denied (Oct. 1, 2013).
    Helped win reversal at the Florida Supreme Court for client in a significant forum non conveniens decision. Ruling in the client’s favor, the Court held that forcing a U.S. citizen plaintiff to litigate a civil claim in Mexico against corporate defendants headquartered in Florida was an erroneous application of the forum non conveniens doctrine – even if the plaintiff’s harms were sustained in Mexico.
    Florida Supreme Court opinion here.
  • Tui Lifestyle, LLC v. Pranich, 124 So. 3d 240 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013).
    Helped obtain per curiam affirmance from a Florida appellate court for client in complex commercial matter concerning the issue of whether a trial court discovery order, rendered post-judgment, is justiciable on appeal. Read Third DCA Decision here.
  • Drafted comprehensive FATCA advisory opinion and analysis for a national central bank.
  • Assisted in successfully upholding dismissal of civil RICO charges against a foreign national in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, on grounds that the civil RICO statute does not have extraterritorial reach.

 

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.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2010
  • Binghamton University, M.A., Philosophy, 2007
  • Binghamton University, B.A., Philosophy, Politics, and Law, 2006
    Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, minor in Anthropology

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits

Professional Recognition

Clerkship and Law Review
  • Senior Staff, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation (N.C. J. Int’l L. & Com. Reg.)
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section (2010)
Others
  • Received the North Carolina Bar’s Certificate of Recognition for Superior Commitment to Public Service
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Publications

  • How Will China’s Economy Affect U.S. Business?, Miami Herald, Business Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 (with P. Sanchez).
  • Making Capitalism More Creative: The Tempestuous Marriage of Sentiment and Self-Interest, 22 PAC. MCGEORGE BUS. & DEV. L.J. 333 (2010) (with S.H. Chugani).
  • Whistle-Blowers, Dodd-Frank and the FCPA: The Perfect “Anti-Competitive” Storm for U.S. Businesses, Westlaw Expert Commentary, Int’l Bribery: FCPA Update 2011; Jan. 2011 (with M. Diaz and C. Gonzalez).
  • Dodd-Frank and the FCPA: The Truth and Consequences, Bloomberg Law Reports; Dec. 2010, also published in the Bloomberg White Collar Crime Law Report, Risk & Compliance Law Report, and Labor & Employment Law Report (Feb. 2011 editions) (with C. Gonzalez).
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of “Hidden Rules:” Chinese Graft Laws and the FCPA, ABA China Law Reporter; Vol. 6, Issue 1; Mar. 2010 (with S.H. Chugani).
Other Published Works
  • The Kingpin Act vs. California’s Compassionate Use Act: The Dubious Battle Between State and Federal Drug Laws, 15 U. D.C. L. REV. 47 (2012) (with S.H. Chugani).
  • Matrixx and the Elusive Bright-Line Test for Materiality, Aspatore Books, Chapter for INSIDE THE MINDS: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SECURITIES LAW; 2011 WL 5053670 (Oct. 2011) (with C. Gonzalez).
  • Special Report: Venture Capital & Private Equity, featured contributor, CHINA BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL; Nov. 2011.
  • Private Equity and Hedge Fund Investments in Bank Holding Companies: Finding a Safe Harbor in the Federal Reserve’s Regulatory Maze, BLOOMBERG BANKING & FINANCE LAW REPORT; Sept. 2011 (with S.H. Chugani).
  • China’s Evolving Energy Needs, AFP EXCHANGE MAGAZINE; Sept. 2011.
  • What Banks Should Be Doing To Protect Themselves From Fraudsters Stealing From Unsuspecting Investors, CORPORATE FINANCE REVIEW; Aug. 2011 (with M. Diaz and C. Gonzalez).
  • Striking Down Class-Action Waivers in Arbitration: Freedom of Contract vs. Fairness of Contract, WESTLAW JOURNAL: CLASS ACTION (Thomson Reuters); Jun. 2011 (with C. Gonzalez).
  • Diamonds in the Rough: Managing Legal Risk in Emerging Economies, CORP. COMPLIANCE INSIGHTS; Apr. 2011 (with M. Diaz, C. Gonzalez, and S.H. Chugani).
  • Tapping Latin America’s Lithium, LATIN AMERICAN LAW AND BUSINESS REPORT (Thomson Reuters); Apr. 2011 (with M. Colomar-Garcia).
  • New Sentencing Guidelines Amendments Amplify the Importance of an Effective Compliance Program, CORP. COUNSEL MAGAZINE; Jan. 2011 (with M. Diaz and C. Gonzalez).
  • Asset Hunting and Anti-Money Laundering; Justice on the Trail of Tears, FINANCIAL FRAUD LAW REPORT (Sheshunoff-A.S. Pratt); Jan. 2011 (with M. Diaz, C. Gonzalez, and S.H. Chugani).
  • Briefly Noted: Prolonging the Battle for Open Legal Markets in India, ABA INT’L LAW NEWS; Vol. 39, Issue 2; Apr. 2010 (with S.H. Chugani).
  • China Facing U.S. Trade Sanctions for Keeping Yuan Undervalued, AFP CHINA FORUM; Jan. 2011.
  • Proposed Sentencing Changes Reward Effective Compliance, LAW360: WHITE COLLAR and LAW360: SECURITIES AND EMPLOYMENT LAW; Sept. 2010 (with C. Gonzalez).

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Invited by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) to speak on the current status of arbitration in the PRC at conference in Lima, Peru. Mar.-Apr. 2013.
  • Invited Speaker on the evolving legal landscape of China’s anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) laws at the Asia GRC Exchange conference in Shanghai. Apr. 2013.
  • Invited Guest Arbitrator at the 3rd and 2nd Annual Moot Shanghai, part of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Mar. 2014, Mar. 2013, and Mar. 2012.
  • Invited Speaker on best practices for investing in the Middle East at the Doing Business in Overseas Conference in Shanghai. Nov. 2012.
  • Invited Speaker and Panelist at the 12th Annual Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) Anti Money Laundering Compliance Conference in Miami, Florida, discussing the challenges faced by AML practitioners in China in light of the country’s shifting regulatory landscape. Feb. 2012.