Allan K. A. Marson


Attorney – Special Counsel

One Almaden Boulevard,
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: 408-478-4100
Fax: 408-295-4100

Allan Marson assists companies ranging from established multi-nationals to start-ups first venturing abroad with technology licensing, cross-border contracts, joint ventures, and forming or acquiring companies outside their home jurisdiction. Allan’s day-to-day practice focuses on providing solutions for U.S. companies to the myriad legal challenges stemming from operations in China, including corporate compliance, contracts, foreign exchange, tax, intellectual property protection and global mobility, as well as providing contract and compliance solutions for Greater China companies navigating the legal requirements of California, New York and Washington State. He coordinates with long-term overseas contacts to provide services abroad and has managed multi-jurisdictional Internet and contract licensing surveys and compliance programs in Asia, the Middle-East and Eastern Europe.

Prior Experience

Allan is a former partner with one of the largest international law firms in the world, Baker & McKenzie, in their Beijing, New York City and Palo Alto offices (1992 to 2011). He served as U.S. legal consultant with the Taiwanese law firm of Liang & Partners in Taipei, Taiwan, (1985 to 1991) and more recently as partner with the intellectual property firm of Ishimaru & Associates in San Jose, California (2011 to 2016). Allan is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.

Allan and his wife live in Palo Alto. He has two sons, one an engineer and the other an accountant, and he enjoys hiking and all aspects of languages. Allan volunteers weekly with CityTeam in San Jose and assists with fund-raising for orphans in Zimbabwe.


LL.M., Chinese Business and Financial Services Law, Columbia University, New York, New York Associate Editor, Journal of Chinese Law

Certificate, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies, Administered by Stanford University, Taipei, Taiwan

J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

B.A., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

California, 2010

New York, 1993

Washington State, 1983

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of California

State Bar of Washington
2014: Supreme Court Honor Role (Volunteer Services)

Palo Alto Bar Association

Publications & Presentations:

  • 2016: China Ins and Outs: Investing and Fundraising in China – Palo Alto Bar Association
  • 2015: Update on Legal and Tax Aspects of Using IP in China – Bloomberg BNA Annual China Tax Conference
  • 2015: Expatriate Income Tax Issues in China – Bloomberg BNA Annual China Tax Conference
  • 2015: Exporting to China: Seizing Opportunities and Meeting Challenges – Dominican University/U.S. International Trade Commission
  • 2014: China Tinkering with Domain Name Rules – Daily Journal
  • 2012: Overview of Privacy Law in China – Daily Journal
  • 2009: Internet Business Law in China for U.S. Companies – Computer and Internet Lawyer
  • 2006: Integrating US and International Business Strategies – Negotiating and Drafting Biotech/Pharma Collaborative Agreements Seminar, American Conference Institute
  • 2004: New Ways Out for Venture Capital Investors in China – China Business Review
  • 2001: Distribution, Retailing and Advertising After China’s Accession to the WTO – Practicing Law Institute Seminar
  • 2001-2011: Presentations on investment, acquisitions, distribution, licensing, protection of Intellectual property, Internet, encryption and other China-related topics at Baker & McKenzie internal and external seminars

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