Overview Events News Intelligence Richard J. Ferris Jr Partner tferris foley.com Download vCard English (United States) 中文 Connect Richard J. Ferris, Jr. Tad Ferris (费达) is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the Firm’s Government & Public Policy Practice. Mr. Ferris’ practice focuses on assisting U.S. and other Western companies and institutions with their investment and product issues abroad, and those arising from China investments and other projects in particular. In multiple industry sectors, Mr. Ferris advises on compliance obligations and associated risks and liabilities, as well as paths to minimize such risks and liabilities, for U.S. and other multinationals and institutions. In the health care sector in China, for instance, Mr. Ferris has advised on projects involving U.S. and China hospital cooperation agreements, telemedicine arrangements, institutional licensing and establishment, physician licensing, patient privacy, communicable disease testing, medical project joint-venture approvals, medical record keeping, and other matters. On trade related compliance issues in China, for example, Mr. Ferris has advised on Chinese anti-corruption, money-laundering, cyber-security, dual-use technology and other import/export controls, including those applicable to healthcare projects in China, and related project partner due diligence. In the product and environmental, health, safety and sustainability regulatory spaces, for instance, Mr. Ferris has advised on restricted substance (i.e., “RoHS”) compliance and risks, product (including technology) registration, waste classification and transport, chemical and other raw-material controls, recycling, professional certifications, and recall measures. Mr. Ferris has also implemented training for client executives, facility personnel and staff on China emerging investment and supply-chain risk management. Mr. Ferris’ work also involves negotiations with Chinese, U.S., European and other parties to develop consensus to achieve client market access, advocacy, sustainability and compliance goals. Additionally, Mr. Ferris chairs the International Regulatory Practice Team in the Government & Public Policy Practice. He is also a member of the Life Sciences and Health Care Industry Teams. Mr. Ferris has acted as a consultant for United Nations organizations, development banks, and foreign government institutions and agencies. He has also testified before Asian legislatures on issues related to the implementation of national and local legislation. Thought Leadership Mr. Ferris founded the China EHS Roundtable, a multi-sector industry association the members of which share a commitment to the advancement of health care, environment, and safety compliance and sustainable manufacturing leadership in the Asian market. He has lectured at the World Bank, and Yale, Peking, Soochow and National Taiwan and other universities on comparative law and sustainability topics. Mr. Ferris has published numerous works on China and international legal issues for U.S. and other Western companies and institutions. He is a frequent author for Foley's Manufacturing Industry Advisor and Health Care Law Today blogs. Affiliations Among other positions, Mr. Ferris serves as chair of the China Committee of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which undertakes China-related issues for member companies and firms covering any of the USCIB committees and working groups, including the banking, biotechnology, environment, financial services, competition, European Union, customs and trade facilitation, corporate responsibility, food and agriculture, health care, intellectual property, labor and employment policy, marketing and advertising, taxation, and nanotechnology, information communications and technology (ICT) and trade and investment committees and groups. He is also chair of the USCIB China-Environment Task Force. Furthermore, Mr. Ferris was appointed to serve as vice chair of the China Task Force of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). BIAC represents the business and industry voice and serves as a “thought leader” for OECD leaders and ministries. BIAC is also dedicated to improving the investment and general business climate in emerging and developing economies for OECD member-country companies and industry sectors. In this role as the U.S. vice chair, Mr. Ferris assists the task force with thought leadership and communication of U.S. business and industry perspectives to OECD and OECD member ministries on trade and governance initiatives. Additionally, Mr. Ferris is a member of the American Telemedicine Association. He is general counsel to the corporate China EHS Roundtable. Also, Mr. Ferris is vice chairman of the board of directors of the non-profit International Fund for China’s Environment (IFCE). Recognition Mr. Ferris was appointed as Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) Lecturer for International Governance, in light of his qualifications in this field, working with IGSD on international governance issues through its programs at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and its work at the American University, Washington College of Law (2015). Mr. Ferris was recommended by The Legal 500 for his work in the area of mergers and acquisitions (2015 and 2016). Additionally, he was appointed to the board of distinguished advisors of the Environment and Public Health Network for Chinese Students and Scholars (ENCSS) (2007). He was also recognized for his contributions to China’s environmental protection (IFCE) (2009). He was recognized as one of the Washington area's best international trade attorneys (Washingtonian Magazine 2004). Education Mr. Ferris received his legal education from Duke University School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters of Law degree in comparative and international legal studies, including coursework at the Free University of Brussels. He earned a master’s degree in East Asian studies from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Clark University. He also studied with the National Taiwan University Faculty of Law. He studied Chinese at, among other institutions, the Middlebury College Chinese School and the Inter University Program (IUP) for Advanced Mandarin Studies (Stanford University host). Admissions and Professional Memberships Mr. Ferris is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Mr. Ferris has served as co-chair of the D.C. Bar International Law Section Steering Committee (2002-2004) and chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) (2002-2004), and vice chair of ABA SEER (2004-2006). Languages Mr. Ferris speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese, speaks Southern Min and Japanese, and reads French.