• Georgetown University, B.S.F.S. (1997)
  • College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D. (2000)


  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of International Trade


  • Mandarin
  • Taiwanese

Jackson C. Pai


Jackson Pai is a counsel in the International Trade Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice covers a range of international and trade issues, including international corporate transactions, global mobility and employment, customs, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the World Trade Organization.

He conducts due diligence of Chinese entities in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions, and supports litigation and arbitration between U.S. and Chinese companies. Additionally, Jackson works with corporate entities and supply chains to help companies establish new investments into Asia, particularly China and Taiwan. He also advises companies on continuing obligations in employment and corporate contexts.

As part of his practice, Jackson trains local employees of multinational companies in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and corporate code of conduct in Mandarin Chinese and in English.

Jackson served as the first legal advisor to the delegation of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu to the WTO in Geneva from 2002 until 2006. In that capacity, he participated in more than 20 WTO disputes and the Doha Round negotiations.

Prior to entering private practice, he worked in Washington, D.C., assisting dairy farmers, farm associations, and businesses on agricultural trade policy issues in front of Congress. During law school, he clerked for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, D.C. and New York City and interned for a summer at the State Department.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Vice Chair, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Network (GIN) Committee of the ABA International Law Section (FY2022 – 2023)

Representative Matters

  • Advised a U.S. cosmetics brand on all aspects of market entry into China, including regulatory requirements, corporate structure, distribution options, joint venture agreement, trademark licensing, and related agreements, employment, and anti-corruption.
  • Advised a major multinational consumer products company on global mobility, expatriate secondment, and global employment strategies for Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions.
  • Advised clients on multijurisdiction employee transitions in the context of global outsourcing, M&A, and corporate restructuring.
  • Conducted an investigation of possible acts of bribery and irregularities in accounting records subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices on behalf of the audit committee of a publicly traded global real estate company.
  • Assisted in the investigation of Chinese employees for potential ethical and criminal violations arising from whistleblower allegations.
  • Negotiated various agreements on behalf of multiple U.S. retailers on their initial entry into China, including management services, distribution, logistics, suppliers, and other vendors.
  • Advised divisions of a major U.S. industrial process and technology company on U.S. Customs import compliance, including NAFTA/FTA, rules of origin, tariff classification, valuation, and prior disclosure.

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Firm News & Announcements

February 1, 2023 Lawyers Alliance for New York Recognizes Crowell & Moring’s Nicole Janigian Simonian and Jackson Pai for Volunteer Work
March 11, 2019 Crowell & Moring Expands International Trade and Global Employment Practices with Four Senior Lawyers; CMI Breaks New Ground in Shanghai