Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner



Hong Kong SAR

Richard represents companies and individuals in disputes and investigations, many of which contain a China component. 
He also advises clients on foreign direct investment and on regulatory issues associated with investments in Asia. Many of his cases have concerned novel cross-border issues and have covered a wide spectrum of substantive areas—from contract disputes concerning failed joint ventures to trade secret infringement and economic espionage, to product liability, labor claims, toxic torts, professional liability, and antitrust. He is known for testing new theories and processes, including on issues of first impression related to electronic evidence in Chinese courts, the attorney-client privilege in the context of a China-related matter, the Hague service and evidence conventions, PRC data laws, and the enforcement of US court judgments in China. Richard also serves as a Chinese law expert witness in connection with US and foreign proceedings.


Pro bono

Ayslum petition for Hmong couple from Laos related to persecution for wartime activities.

Published Work

  • Proving Chinese law in the Courts of the United States: Surveying and Critiquing the Article 277 Cases, Amicus Curiae, March, 2021
  • From the Central Sands to the Central Kingdom: Navigating Civil Litigation in China, Wisconsin Lawyer, May 2014
  • Co-author, Permission Denied: The Curious Case of Exit Restrictions in Chinese Commercial Litigation, China Law & Practice, July/ August 2011
  • Alternatives to Magistrate Justice: Merchant Guild Dispute Resolution and the Foreign Trader Driven Litigation and Arbitration Reforms of Late Imperial and Early Republican China, The Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 4(2) (2009): 257-290

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Learning from Cases – Stratagems for Success in US Litigation, Classic Law Institute, Beijing, PRC Presenter, Practitioner Notes: Approaching Mediation in China-related Litigation in the United States, 4th Asian Mediation Association Conference, Beijing, PRC
  • Presenter, Stratagems for Success in China-related US Commercial Litigation, Global General Counsels and Business Leaders Forum, Beijing, PRC
  • US Legal Risk Management: Mitigating International Dispute, Trade, and Compliance Exposure, Liaoning Women’s Business Association Legal Seminar, Shenyang, PRC
  • Managing US Dispute Risk: A Tool Kit for Chinese Companies, Beijing Lawyers Association, Beijing, PRC Commercial Law Reform: Learning from the Experience of Outbound Chinese Investors, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Forum & International Symposium on the Rule of Law, Beijing, PRC
  • Law Forum on Management of International Disputes for Chinese Enterprises, Xi’an, Shaanxi, PRC Renmin University, Institute of Evidence Law Lecture Series, Defending Chinese Companies in Digital Age Litigation in the US – Challenges and Tactics, Renmin University, Beijing, PRC
  • Moderator and Presenter, “Developments in PRC Information Law 2017: The New Cyber Security Regime, Data Export Restrictions, and their Impact on Business Operations,” ACI’s 10th Forum on Anti-Corruption, Shanghai, PRC
  • Presenter, Spotlight on China, ACI’s Forum on Anti-Corruption in High Risk Markets, Washington, DC
  • Moderator and Presenter, “Officials at the Gate: Preparing for and Responding to Investigative Raids in China,” ACI’s 9th Forum on Anti-Corruption, Shanghai, PRC

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society



Admitted to the bar in the State of Wisconsin, 2002

Admitted to the bar in the State of Illinois, 2005

Registered as a Foreign Lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong, 2021 and 2002-2004

Registered as a Foreign Lawyer with the PRC Ministry of Justice, 2016-2019 and 2011-2012


LLM., Chinese law, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, London, UK, 2008

JD, Law, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, USA, 2002

BA., Philosophy, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA, 1993    


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.