Washington, DC, January 16—Six lawyers from China’s Jiangsu province spent the last week learning about American-style legal work from Patton Boggs, which hosted them and organized meetings for them with firm partners and counsel from a variety of backgrounds.
The meetings exposed the Chinese lawyers to an unprecedented range of expertise and allowed them to ask about everything from firm structure and management to international trade, commercial law and corporate finance. The meetings also provided an opportunity for Patton Boggs to acquaint the lawyers with the firm’s services and expertise.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for the firm to simultaneously offer some expertise to lawyers in an emerging market while also strengthening our ties to one of the strongest economies around,” said Stuart Pape, Managing Partner of Patton Boggs.
The meetings were arranged as part of the firm’s ongoing business development efforts, which seek to expand and create new markets for the firm both in the United States and abroad. The lawyers from China all work at separate firms and arrived with different backgrounds. Besides meetings at Patton Boggs main office in Washington D.C., the lawyers spent time at the firm’s Northern Virginia office. The six lawyers all came to the US through a legal training course offered by the University of Maryland.