Russell Leu both practices and teaches law. Maintaining a China law practice for the past 16 years in Beijing, China, Russell has counseled American companies on their China inbound investments as well as private Chinese companies on their China outbound investments. He has also negotiated and documented their international transactions. Russell’s representative work has included counseling U.S. companies on corporate and China regulatory matters, structuring their investments through PRC legal investment structures, conducting legal due diligence, advising and assisting clients on protection of intellectual property through technology transfers under licensing transactions as well as documenting licensing transactions, representing international clients with claims in PRC bankruptcy proceedings and advising clients and presenting claims through international arbitration proceedings in China before the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.
Russell is currently the head partner of the China practice of Kingsfield Law Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was formerly in the China corporate practices of the Beijing representative offices of two major U.S. law firms- Taft Stettinius & Hollister where he set up the firm’s Beijing representative office and served as Managing Attorney and Chief Representative, and also with the law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.
Russell is a law professor on the law faculty of the Beijing Foreign Studies University School of Law where for the past 11 years he has taught international and investment law along with U.S. common law courses. He has also served as the law school’s Vice Dean and had established the law school’s model curriculum for the study of American law and common law. Russell is also an Adjunct Law Professor of Temple University Beasley School of Law at their Beijing campus location at the Tsinghua University School of Law where he teaches Professional Responsibility as well as U.S. common law courses.
Russell is active in the Hawaii, U.S Mainland and international communities. For a number of years, he has hosted a program about China which was aired on Think Tech Hawaii. He frequently speaks about the U.S.-China business and relations before numerous business and academic groups, representative of a few- University of Hawaii Center of Chinese Studies, University of Minnesota School of Law, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business, the University of San Francisco School of Law, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce (Beijing), Hawaii Tourism Authority, and Hawaii State Bar Association. He previously served as the Co-Chair of the China Committee of the American Bar Association and had served as the Articles Editor of the ABA China Law Reporter.
Russell obtained his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He served as the judicial Law Clerk to two federal bankruptcy judges, Honorable Lloyd King and Honorable Cameron Wolfe, in San Francisco, California. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Hawaii and a member of the Hawaii Bar.
Russell resides full-time in Beijing, China, and also maintains a residence in Honolulu, Hawaii.