The delicate act of balancing the need to fight blatant copyright infringement or unfair trade barriers in China while preserving cooperation with a trading partner who is essential to the U.S. economy requires work. This work begins long before top government officials meet to hash out problems, and that’s where Thompson Hine partner Michael R. Oestreicher comes in.

He is part of President Bush’s advisory team for trade policy and negotiations, along with five other appointees selected from Washington and across the country. Oestreicher visited Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai in November to prepare for future meetings between several U.S. cabinet secretaries and their counterparts in China.

Their wide-ranging agenda included getting a feel for China’s plans for where it’s taking its fast-growing economy, intellectual property rights, subsidies and non-tariff barriers, currency, market access, product quality and safety.

“It is a very delicate situation that needs to be managed by both sides in a very careful and deliberate way. That doesn’t mean we should be pushovers when it comes to abuses or failures to adhere to agreements. It also doesn’t mean that we should get crazy about this and shut down our borders and retaliate with some trade actions,” Oestreicher says.

He said the trip proved useful to U.S. trade negotiators and reinforced his view that there are ample opportunities for Greater Cincinnati and U.S. companies to thrive in China if they enter the market well-informed and prepared for a different way of doing business.

“Companies that go there and realize that it’s a lot like the Wild West are the most successful,” Oestreicher says. One successful model is Intel’s, which operates a huge plant in Chengdu that is virtually self-sufficient. Another is Standard Textiles’, the Reading, Ohio business.
Standard Textiles uses its Chinese facilities as a cog in a worldwide system of plants that can adjust to local labor shortages or opportunities by shifting work from one country to another, he says.
 
Thompson Hine has added attorneys Kent A. Fagan, Anthony J. Hornbach, Michael J. Jurek, Heather M. Muzumdar, Adam G. Pugh, Todd M. Schild, and Tiffany B. Williams to its Cincinnati office. Fagan joins the intellectual property and life sciences practice groups; Hornbach and Jurek join business litigation; Muzumdar joins the labor & employment group; Pugh joins the intellectual property group; Schild joins corporate transactions and securities; and Williams joins commercial & public finance.
 
Graydon Head partner John C. Greiner, whose practice includes commercial litigation, media and First Amendment law, was awarded the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Award for best defense of the First Amendment for his contribution to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s series, “Lead’s Dangerous Legacy.” He shared the award with Enquirer reporter Sharon Coolidge.

Ulmer & Berne has added Dacia Crum to its Cincinnati office. Crum is a 2007 University of Cincinnati law school graduate who was active in the Black Law Student Association.

Greenebaum Doll & McDonald’s Gregory S. Shumate, a member of the corporate and commercial practice group in Covington, has been appointed to the dean’s advisory board of the Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics, which fuses several disciplines to teach students about information technology and communication.

Greenebaum Doll & McDonald’s Mikio Nishizu, practicing in the corporate and commercial group, has been elected to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s board of directors.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has hired 14 new attorneys: April L. Butler, Andrew L. Ellis, Brian C. Griffith, Neil T. Krasovec and Kristin M. Lenhart in the corporate department; Thomas M. Connor, Ebony L. Glenn, Alicia M. Hehr, Emily M. Judge, Nicholaus R. Rericha, Lindsey A. Rodgers and John M. Spires in litigation; and Trevor E. Gillette and Faith C. Isenhath in labor and employment.

Richard L. Moore, a partner in the litigation group with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, has been appointed to the board of directors of the private, non-profit Mercantile Library.

Dinsmore & Shohl partner Michael W. Hawkins, a labor and employment law veteran, has been appointed chairman of ALFA International, a global network of independent law firms whose members work to provide legal services at reasonable costs by supplementing their own expertise and resources with those of other members.

Wood, Herron & Evans added five associates upon their admission to the Ohio Bar: Ana Jaquez in the software, internet and computer technologies group; Colin Wier in electrical technologies; Tim Ardizzone in biotech; Ramon Urteaga in mechanical technologies; and Chastity Whitaker in mechanical technologies and instruments.

Frost Brown Todd has added six attorneys to its Cincinnati and Middletown offices: Jeremy Hayden in corporate and tax law and estate planning; Andy Kaake in occupational safety and health law and employment discrimination; Kevin Malof in commercial loan, real estate and construction transactions; Monica McPeek in litigation; Joe Scholler labor and employment law and several other practices; and Jud Sims in general business, corporate, mergers and acquisitions and general tax law.

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