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Preston Torbert

Preston M. Torbert teaches contract drafting from a comparative perspective.
Mr. Torbert is currently Senior Counsel at Baker & McKenzie's Chicago office where he practiced for 37 years, drafting contracts 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 "Globalizing Legal Drafting: What the Chinese Can Teach Us About Ejusdem Generis and All That" in The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing (2007) and "Contract Drafting: A Socratic Manifesto" in The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing (2011-2012).