William and Mary Law School
Jackson Pai"I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to the U.S. when I was 9. I had always been interested in a career in international law. William and Mary allowed me to pursue that interest. The courses I took in International Business Transactions and International Trade Law at William and Mary provided my first exposure to concepts such as Incoterms, anti-dumping, GATT and WTO. These concepts form the foundation of what I do everyday."

Jackson Pai (2000)

Associate, Bryan Cave LLP

Jackson is an Associate with Bryan Cave LLP in Los Angeles, California. His practice covers a range of international and trade compliance issues, including customs, export control and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  He regularly advises clients on U.S. Customs import compliance, including NAFTA/FTA, rules of origin, tariff classification and  valuation, and best practices to minimize FCPA risks in transactions involving Chinese subsidiaries, joint venture partners or agents.

Jackson also works in cross-border transactions, particularly those involving China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, and international dispute resolution (arbitration and litigation).  He assists clients in establishing corporate entities for new investments into China and advises them on continuing obligations in employment and corporate contexts.

From 2002-2006, Jackson served as the first legal advisor for Taiwan’s Permanent Mission to the Word Trade Organization in Geneva. In that capacity,  he played a key role in all of the more than 20 WTO disputes to which Taiwan was a party or third party during that period. On behalf of Taiwan,  Jackson drafted a number of third party submissions, oral statements, and written replies to questions of the Panel.  He also attended the substantive meetings of the Panel and the Appellate Body where Taiwan was allowed to participate, and replied to questions by the Panel or Appellate Body at the meetings. While in Geneva, he also participated in various negotiations for the Doha Round, including dispute settlement, services, trade remedies (antidumping and countervailing duties), agriculture, fisheries subsidies, and government procurement.

From 2000 to 2002,  Jackson worked in Washington, D.C., assisting small family farmers, farm associations and small agricultural businesses on agricultural trade policy issues in front of Congress. 

He received his undergraduate degree in international affairs from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he spent his junior year abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. During the summer after his 1L year, he interned at the State Department.