Asia

     
       

Overview

Manufacturers in Asia face serious legal risks as they pursue business interests in the United States. These risks may include product liability lawsuits, conflicts with business partners, consumer class actions and other unwelcome matters that can cost significant money and harm a company’s reputation.

For nearly four decades, Wilson Elser has been defending and advising large and expanding Asian manufacturers and the insurers that protect them. Our dedicated Asia practice includes attorneys who have lived in the region for many years. We understand our clients’ customs and languages, and visit regularly to maintain strong relationships. Our attorneys provide clients with clear recommendations and respond swiftly to questions. Our team members are well known, frequently lecturing and writing about insurance topics in Asia.

Some of our attorneys are engineers, and all understand complex manufacturing issues and the sectors in which our clients compete. We are very familiar with product designs in the marketplace and are attentive to the designs advocated by our clients’ adversaries. With this knowledge we can defend clients more successfully, spot how their current practices may lead to future lawsuits, and provide practical ideas for reducing risks.

Wilson Elser’s Asia team includes Admiralty and Marine attorneys who protect the value of our clients’ investments by defending marine hull, marine cargo, marine recovery, and subrogation claims. The team also includes attorneys with extensive experience in defending household products manufacturers in fire-related claims.

This core team of Asia specialists puts Wilson Elser’s collective legal intelligence and business experience to work for each client’s specific needs. With nearly 800 attorneys in our firm’s 37 offices across the U.S., we are able to defend client interests vigorously, whether they face a product liability suit, commercial litigation or an intellectual property (IP) dispute with a competitor.

To see the full breadth of our firmwide capabilities, visit our Services page.

Our client relationships and representations extend across these countries:

  • Japan

    We have been defending Japanese clients for more than 35 years. We are appointed by all of the major non-life insurance companies to defend their insureds in such manufacturing sectors as motor vehicles, consumer electronics and home appliances, sports equipment, power tools, industrial machines, industrial trucks, pharmaceuticals, tires and other products. We also are retained directly by product manufacturers in each of these sectors. Our lawyers have represented hundreds of Japanese clients at depositions and trials in the United States. Our success in these matters is assisted by our thorough understanding of each client’s business and products.

  • China

    For more than 20 years, we have been helping Chinese clients to pursue and protect their business success in the United States. We are appointed by all of the major non-life insurance companies to defend their insureds in a range of manufacturing sectors, including industrial equipment, tires, diesel motors and generators, bicycles, consumer electronics, sports equipment, power tools, and others. We also are retained directly by product manufacturers in each of these sectors.

  • Taiwan

    For more than 20 years, we have been helping clients in Taiwan to achieve business success in the United States. We have been engaged by all of Taiwan’s major non-life insurance companies to defend their insureds in such manufacturing sectors as semiconductors, bicycles, helmets, and consumer home electronics. We also are retained directly by product manufacturers in each of these sectors.



  • Korea

    Wilson Elser has been representing Korean product manufacturers and non-life insurers for more than 20 years. We have been appointed by all of the major non-life insurers to defend their insureds in the manufacturing industry, including those that build and market leading consumer home electronics and industrial machines. We also are retained directly by product manufacturers in those sectors.