James Zimmerman is the 2016 Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, and also served as the chairman in 2007, 2008, and 2015, and as a vice chairman in 2005 and 2006. Mr. Zimmerman is the managing partner for the Beijing office of the international law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, and is the author of several publications concerning trade and China related issues, including the well-recognized China Law Deskbook, a publication of the American Bar Association (now in its 4th edition). Mr. Zimmerman has been a registered foreign lawyer with the Ministry of Justice since 1998 and is recognized as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers in the AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers Survey and is listed as a Leading Individual in the category of Corporate/M&A for foreign law firms in China of the AsiaPacific Legal 500: The Guide to Asia's Commercial Law Firms. Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the California Bar (since 1988) and admitted to practice before the United States Court of International Trade and various other federal courts. Mr. Zimmerman served on the board of the International Institute of Conflicts Prevention & Resolution (2009-2012) and the Business Advisory Council of the United Nation’s Greater Tumen Initiative (2009-2011). Mr. Zimmerman also serves on a number of non-profit boards focused on child health and education issues in China and is active as a fundraiser for charitable organizations. He has lived and worked in Beijing since 1998.
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