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Preston M. Torbert

Preston M. Torbert is a retired partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP’s Chicago Office and a founder of the firm's China practice.  He is a Lecturer in Law at the Law School of the University of Chicago and Adjunct Faculty at the Peking University School of Transnational Law.  He is an Associate of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.  He is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School and holds a Ph.D. in Chinese History from the University of Chicago.  He advised U.S. clients regarding trade, investment, and compliance issues in China for over 30 years. He is the author of The Ch'ing Imperial Household Department (Harvard, 1977) and four books in Chinese on contract drafting.  His most recent articles can be accessed on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at: