Dispatch from Asia


I am now in my eleventh year in Shanghai practicing patent law following an 8-year run in Silicon Valley. I am currently a partner in Perkins Coie’s Shanghai office where I run the intellectual property law group.

The Shanghai IP group consists of seven timekeepers focusing on worldwide patent portfolio development and general IP counseling, particularly as it relates to China. Our Beijing office specializes in international trade and regularly works with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on trade matters.

We are also teaching U.S. IP law to a Chinese audience. We have started a Chinese-language blog on U.S. IP law. (You can subscribe via WeChat at zclglobal). We have developed a core readership of about 100 weekly readers with occasional jumps to 4000+ readers for hot topics. I have also had several speaking engagements on U.S. IP law in the past year in cities as varied as Shijiazhuang, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Xi’an.

I have been happy to co-chair the Shanghai chapter of the alumni association with Howard Wu J.D. ’98 and hope to see you in Shanghai at one of our events.

Aaron Wininger J.D. ’97, Partner, Perkins Coie


In May 2017, Fordham Law added a new chapter to its Asian network—its first ever in India. We are honored to have been asked to be co-chairs of this new chapter. To hit the ground running, we have reached out to India-based alumni. Our aim is to connect lawyers and current and future students across digital platforms and encourage their participation in chapter events to be held in India as well as in New York. Keeping in line with the goals of the affinity group, we are also in the process of reaching out to top law schools in India to inform their students about the various LL.M. programs offered by Fordham. Accordingly, with this chapter, we hope to facilitate introductions, foster connections, and most importantly initiate dialogue on critical legal issues facing our country today. Stay connected through our Facebook page.

Tanmay Patnaik LL.M. ’11, Principal Associate, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Devanshi Shah LL.M. ’17 at Connors & Connors PC in Staten Island, New York.

The Japan chapter of the Fordham Law Alumni Association has more than 100 members. Most members are in the Tokyo area, with a handful in Osaka. Approximately one third graduated in the past five years, but there are also members from as far back as the 1980s (for example, L. Mark Weeks J.D. ’88, who heads Orrick’s Tokyo office). Approximately 90 percent graduated from the LL.M. program. We have members in many of the top Japanese and international law firms, as well as major corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies. Our members have included the former Panamanian ambassador to Japan (Jorge Kosmas Sifaki LL.M. ’02), and the current president of the Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Tony Andriotis J.D. ’03).

In March, we had the honor of hosting Dean Matthew Diller and Assistant Dean Vera Bullock at a reception attended by over 30 members and prospective students. The event featured different varieties of junmai (pure rice) sake from northern Japan, paired with fusion dishes prepared by the former chef for Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. The members were excited to learn about the latest developments at the Law School, and we look forward to seeing Dean Diller again in March 2018.

Legal education in Japan is facing extremely tough times, with many graduate law programs shutting down due to low enrollment. This may make Fordham’s LL.M. programs even more attractive to Japanese students who are interested in pursuing an international legal career.

Daiske Yoshida J.D. ’98 moved to Tokyo in 2006. He is a partner at Latham & Watkins.


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