About Donald Gross Law

Donald Gross
Managing Partner

Donald Gross Law advises clients on compliance with strict US export controls and CFIUS requirements as well as economic sanctions and Customs regulations.  We assist clients seeking Green Cards, US citizenship or long-term visas to live, work, do business, invest or study in the United States.

Drawing on decades of government and private sector experience in national security, export control, immigration, import compliance and anti-corruption policy, Don counsels clients on developing and implementing technology control plans to achieve the objectives of their cross-border investments and technology transactions.

Don is committed to public service. He served in senior positions at the US State Department, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and White House National Security Council in offices that implemented strategic trade, nonproliferation and dual-use technology controls.  In the private sector, Don has been senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, international legal advisor to Kim & Chang in Seoul, Korea and senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington.

Don has published numerous articles on business, legal, and public policy issues, while serving as a commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, SkyNews, Real Clear World, 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 has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He 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 is an active member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Illinois Bar.  He has also been admitted to the New York Bar.  He graduated with honors from Cornell University and the University of Chicago Law School.

Fang Liu
Special Counsel

Fang Liu focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on initial public offerings. She assists public and private companies in their corporate transactions including securitizations, public financings, banking, international market financings, cross-border acquisitions and other general matters.

Ms. Liu has deep experience in advising China-based companies on going public in the U.S. and advising FINRA registered broker dealers on underwritten offerings. She is a frequent speaker on topics in connection with Chinese IPOs in the US and was interviewed by CCTV, Sina News and Caixin. She is also the co-author of widely publicized annual reports on the overview of Chinese IPOs in the US.

Prior to co-founding VCL Law LLP,  Ms. Liu was a partner at Mei & Mark LLP in Washington, DC. She also practiced securities law at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Loeb & Loeb LLP in Washington, DC.  She holds a JD degree from Duke University School of Law and obtained masters degrees from both Duke (public policy) and Beijing Foreign Studies University (simultaneous interpretation).  She is an active member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars.  She is fluent in both English and Chinese.

Irene Chen
Special Counsel

Irene Chen represents and counsels foreign producers and U.S. importers in international trade matters. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Chen spent four years as an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Chen’s work at the Commerce Department included advising the Import Administration division on its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and reviews and customs protests. Ms. Chen also represented the United States in international trade litigation matters, including cases at the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the World Trade Organization. While at Commerce, Ms. Chen served as a legal advisor to the Customs Liaison unit of the Import Administrative, rendering legal advice on matters pertaining to Customs import rulings.

Prior to her work at the Department of Commerce, Ms. Chen served as a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where she advised the Commission on matters pertaining to injury determinations in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. Ms. Chen has also worked at the law firms of Baker Donelson, LP, in Tennessee and Ding & Ding, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Ms. Chen holds a JD degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and is a graduate in Economics of Columbia University.  She is an active member of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia bars as well as a member of the bars of the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  She is fluent in both English and Chinese.

 

Esteban Rosas
Senior Adviser

Dr. Esteban Rosas, is a Cornell University-trained chemical engineer, with a Masters in Science and a PhD in research and economics from Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. As Deputy Minister for economic development of the State of Durango, México for 18 years, he was responsible for the transformation of Durango’s economy into a dynamic industrialized auto parts hub.

Dr. Rosas’ experience with trade issues and attracting foreign investment makes him an especially valuable advisor to US, Mexican and international  firms looking to benefit from the newly signed US México Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA).  He heads the Unit of Economics Intelligence in Durango México, serves as a senior adviser to the Baden Business Institute in Baden Switzerland, and directs his own private office providing economic advisory services.  He is is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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