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Preston Torbert

Preston M. Torbert practices and teaches legal drafting from a comparative perspective.

Mr. Torbert is currently Senior Counsel at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office where he has  practiced for 37 years, drafting documents and advising clients on trade, investment, and compliance matters in China.  He is a founder of the firm’s China Practice Group, and a co-founder of the firm’s Taipei and Beijing offices.

He holds degrees from Princeton (A.B.), Chicago (Ph.D. in Chinese history), and Harvard (J.D.).

Mr. Torbert is the author of The Ch’ing Imperial Household Department, of  four books in Chinese on drafting English-Chinese bilingual contracts, and of numerous articles, including most recently, "A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity," in the Peking University Transnational Law Review, Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2014).