Harris Bricken

Harris Bricken is a boutique international law firm with lawyers in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Barcelona and Beijing. Our focus is on small and medium sized businesses that operate internationally and on multinational companies that require specialized legal assistance.

We have lawyers licensed in China, Russia, Spain, Germany, Australia and various states in America. Our language capabilities include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Though we are small in size, we are big in reputation, both for our legal knowledge and for the relationships we establish with our clients.

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On December 16, Chile will hold the second round of its presidential elections. Facing off will be José Antonio Kast, who obtained 27.91% of the first round vote, and Gabriel Boric, who came in second with 25.83%. Kast is commonly described as “far-right,” with “leftist” the preferred adjective for Boric. For Latin America watchers, these elections are a big deal. They are Chile’s first presidential elections after an eventful couple of years, marked by…
1. We’re The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Program and We’re Here to Help In this time of fragmented production strategies and far-flung supply chains, importing can be fraught with uncertainty, inefficiency, and risk. Add to this the disruptive effects of an exponential increase in trade volume, a multi-year pandemic, an overheated enforcement environment, plus what feels like a never-ending stream of natural disasters, and all of a sudden inbound shipments to the United…
In combination with several other factors, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the U.S. residential housing market: home prices nationwide have risen by an astonishing 24.8 percent since March 2020. The most significant of those “other factors” is scarcity; at the end of 2020, Freddie Mac estimated that the United States was 3.8 million housing units short of meeting demand. While the domestic residential real estate market has been smoking hot, investments…
REGISTER HERE No other country in the world attracts more foreign direct investment (FDI) than the United States. Over the last two decades, FDI in the United States has nearly quadrupled, from $1.2 trillion in 2000 to $4.6 trillion in 2020. This undisputed leadership is fueled by belief in the power of the American economy and trust in its institutional stability. Post-pandemic United States represents a tremendous opportunity for corporate and individual investors to grow…
As we move into what some are calling the late pandemic phase, now is the time to invest in Spain real estate. Earlier this year I wrote about buying property in Spain, concluding that although it’s a great time to acquire vacation property (or a primary residence) in Spain, purchasers should be certain they thoroughly understand the legal and tax implications. There are no restrictions on purchases of real estate in Spain by foreigners,…
Since California passed the Compassionate Use Act in 1996, there have always been folks who insist that federal legalization is right around that corner. As more and more states decriminalized and then regulated cannabis, the ranks of people who believe federal legalization is imminent has grown exponentially. Recently, when Joe Biden won the presidency, it seemed like a foregone conclusion in many circles that cannabis would be removed from the Controlled Substances Act. These beliefs…
Public and scientific interest in psychedelics such as psilocybin and MDMA is expanding. Once off-limits because of federal prohibition, a trickle of research from the 1990s has grown into a stream. But despite increasing acceptance by the public, and commercial investment in psychedelic therapies, aging federal laws stem the flow of vital research. Psilocybin, a compound produced by many species of fungi, is one of the most well-studied psychedelics. To acknowledge its impressive safety record…