Donald Gross

Phone: 202-365-1997





District of Columbia
New York

Donald Gross advises companies in need of counsel or seeking to grow their businesses by providing legal and strategy advisory services in several core areas: commercial and real estate agreements, regulatory compliance, business disputes, and international operations. He counsels clients on devising and implementing strategies to achieve their business objectives and overcome the commercial, regulatory, political and cultural obstacles they face.

After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Don practiced law in Chicago, New York, Washington and Seoul, Korea. For more than a decade, he has advised US, Asian and European companies on developing and executing strategies to seize new business opportunities while mitigating market and political risks.

Don is committed to public service. He served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for International Security Affairs in the US State Department, as Counselor of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and as Director of Legislative affairs at the White House National Security Council.

Over the years. Don has published numerous articles on business, legal and public policy issues, while serving as a commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, SkyNews, the Voice of America, the Wall Street Journal, and other leading media. In 2013, Bloomsbury published his critically acclaimed book on U.S.-China relations titled “The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China’s Rise and Avoid Another Cold War.”

Don is a certified arbitrator for the Office of Dispute Resolution of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and an Adjunct Fellow of Pacific Forum CSIS, an arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia and New York. He graduated with honors from Cornell University and the University of Chicago Law School. In his spare time, Don enjoys practicing Tai Chi, hiking the Shenandoah with his wife Sue, a professional artist, and playing with his canine BFFs, Ralphie, and Sally.

Commercial & Real Estate Agreements

We structure, draft and negotiate commercial transactions including:

  • Export and import of products and services.
  • Outsourcing, marketing, licensing, distribution and supply agreements.
  • Joint ventures.
  • Office/retail leases.
  • Purchase and sale agreements of commercial properties.

Regulatory Compliance & Public Policy

We focus on the following areas of regulatory compliance:

  • Export controls and import regulations.
  • International trade regulations and sanctions.
  • The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
  • Anti-money laundering and financial crimes enforcement (FinCEN).
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • National security laws.

Business Disputes

We assist clients in resolving business disputes through negotiation, mediation and arbitration. When necessary, we fight aggressively in court to uphold clients’ rights. The business disputes we regularly handle include:

  • Breach of contract and business fraud.
  • Partnership disputes.
  • Trade secret disputes.
  • Unfair competition.
  • Employee disputes.

International Operations

For clients that make business investments in the United States, we:

  • Develop and implement strategies for risk management, market entry, expansion and growth.
  • Coordinate and exercise cost-control over all all legal, business advisory, public affairs and localization services for commercial transactions and economic development projects.
  • Help clients build strong corporate responsibility programs with public sector, non-profit and philanthropic organizations.
  • Negotiate optimal investment incentive packages from state government agencies.


Certified Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Office of Dispute Resolution

Adjunct Fellow, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies