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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 three decades, 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 (AB), Chicago (PhD in Chinese history), and Harvard (JD). 

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 recently, “Contract Drafting: A Socratic Manifesto" in The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing (2011-2012) and "A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity" in The Peking University Journal of Transnational Law (2014).