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Jackson C. Pai


Jackson Pai is a counsel in the International Trade Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice covers a range of international and trade issues, including international corporate transactions, global mobility and employment, customs, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the World Trade Organization.

He conducts due diligence of Chinese entities in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions, and supports litigation and arbitration between U.S. and Chinese companies. Additionally, Jackson works with corporate entities and supply chains to help companies establish new investments into Asia, particularly China and Taiwan. He also advises companies on continuing obligations in employment and corporate contexts.

As part of his practice, Jackson trains local employees of multinational companies in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and corporate code of conduct in Mandarin Chinese and in English.

Jackson served as the first legal advisor to the delegation of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu to the WTO in Geneva from 2002 until 2006. In that capacity, he participated in more than 20 WTO disputes and the Doha Round negotiations.

Prior to entering private practice, he worked in Washington, D.C., assisting dairy farmers, farm associations, and businesses on agricultural trade policy issues in front of Congress. During law school, he clerked for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, D.C. and New York City and interned for a summer at the State Department.

Representative Experience

  • Advised a U.S. cosmetics brand on all aspects of market entry into China, including regulatory requirements, corporate structure, distribution options, joint venture agreement, trademark licensing, and related agreements, employment, and anti-corruption.
  • Advised a major multinational consumer products company on global mobility, expatriate secondment, and global employment strategies for Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions.
  • Advised clients on multijurisdiction employee transitions in the context of global outsourcing, M&A, and corporate restructuring.
  • Conducted an investigation of possible acts of bribery and irregularities in accounting records subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices on behalf of the audit committee of a publicly traded global real estate company.
  • Assisted in the investigation of Chinese employees for potential ethical and criminal violations arising from whistleblower allegations.
  • Negotiated various agreements on behalf of multiple U.S. retailers on their initial entry into China, including management services, distribution, logistics, suppliers, and other vendors.
  • Advised divisions of a major U.S. industrial process and technology company on U.S. Customs import compliance, including NAFTA/FTA, rules of origin, tariff classification, valuation, and prior disclosure.


  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S. (1997)
  • College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D. (2000)


Admitted to practice: California, New York, U.S. Court of International Trade

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Vice Chair, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Network (GIN) Committee of the ABA International Law Section (FY2022 – 2023)

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"Global Mobility and Workforce Concerns During the Ukraine/Russia Conflict," International Trade Bulletin (May 6, 2022). Contacts: Nicole Janigian Simonian, Jackson C. Pai
Client Alert / Newsletter
"(Supply) Chain Reaction: Preparing for and Mitigating the Impacts of Supply Chain Delays: International Trade," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (January 26, 2022). Speakers: Nicole Simonian, Clif Burns, Michelle Linderman, Jackson Pai, Maria Vanikiotis, Frances Hadfield, and Chandler Leonard.
"Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Signed into Law," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (January 5, 2022). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Jackson C. Pai and Martín Yerovi.
"Congress Passes Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (December 22, 2021). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Jackson C. Pai, Laurel Saito and Martín Yerovi.
"China Advance Pricing Arrangement: An Effective Tool for Cross Border Tax Planning," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 27, 2021). Speakers: David B. Blair, Jackson C. Pai, Irina Pisareva, and Ye Zhou, Ph.D.
"Employee Personal Information Protection in China – Are You Up to Speed?," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (August 25, 2021). Contacts: Nicole Janigian Simonian, Robert Holleyman, Jackson C. Pai, Zhongdong Zhang, Yi Huang, Aurora Zhang
Client Alert / Newsletter
New Labor Trade Fights May Rest On Diplomacy, Not Legalese Law360 (May 18, 2021)
Press Coverage
"Advance Pricing Arrangement in China: An Effective Tax Planning Tool for Multinational Companies," Tax Alert (May 10, 2021). Contacts: David B. Blair, David J. Fischer, Jackson C. Pai, Ye Zhou, Ph.D.
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Labor, Employment, and COVID-related Investigations," Investigations: Readiness and Response Webinar Series (April 27, 2021). Presenters: Trina Fairley Barlow, Sadina Montani, Katie Erno, and Jackson C. Pai.
"Will the Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Reestablish Global Employee Mobility?," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (March 19, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Nicole Janigian Simonian, Zhongdong Zhang, Yi Huang, Evelien Jamaels, Jackson C. Pai
Client Alert / Newsletter

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