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Chinese-Speaking Attorneys In Demand For U.S. Work

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January 8, 2015

For many years, major law firms have been hiring Chinese-speaking attorneys, mostly to handle business in their overseas office. But there has been a big change in recent years, at least among the Chicago firms, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. Now firms are hiring Chinese-speaking lawyers to handle business in the States, and in some cases they can’t hire them fast enough. The trend correlates with the dramatic increase in Chinese investment in the United States – from $585 million in 2007 to $10.5 billion in 2012, according to one study. “China is one of the few places that we see firms gearing up,” says one attorney. Last year, for example, Sidley Austin, Chicago’s second largest law firm, hired 10 lawyers who speak either Mandarin or Cantonese in its Chicago office, and 130 Chinese speakers firm-wide.

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