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Ross Meador is an internationally recognized authority on international business and law. He is a former partner at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), prior to which he practiced with Morrison & Foerster and Howard, Rice for 14 years. He also practiced law with Kim & Chang in Korea, with SSEK in Indonesia, and with VILAF in Vietnam for over 10 years. 


Mr. Meador's law practice focuses on privately held companies and entrepreneurial ventures, particularly in the areas of technology and entertainment. He has negotiated and drafted hundreds of business agreements, and advises clients on business models, financing issues, strategic relationships, and the protection and licensing of intellectual property.


Mr. Meador has lectured on entrepreneurship in many venues, ranging from the Haas School of Business to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He also co-founded the executive training company, Advanced Global Connections. 

Mr. Meador’s career began in Vietnam in 1974 when, as a teenager, he went alone to Saigon to open the wartime office for a child welfare organization, Friends of Children of Viet Nam. The story of his work and evacuation from the roof of the American Embassy in Saigon has been told in several books screenplays, including "Honorable Exit: How a Few Brave Americans Risked All to Save Our Vietnamese Allies at the End of the War" by Thurston Clarke; his photographs of the evacuation hang in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; and his organization has been nominated twice for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ross Meador


Juris Doctor, 1986

S.K. Yee Scholorship Award

Executive Editor, International Tax & Business Lawyer

Vice President, International Law Society

B.A., Communications/Visual Arts, 1980

Activities & Affiliations

• Entrepreneur in Residence, California State University, Fullerton
• Member (Emeritus) Executive Committee International Law Section, Calf. Bar Assn.
• Vice President, US Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (2005-2006)

• President, Korean American Chamber of Commerce of the North Pacific Coast (2002-2003)

Honors & Awards

• Presidential Medal of Freedom Nominee
   (awarded to Friends of Children of Vietnam)
• Rated by Super Lawyers® 

• Top Attorneys in Southern California 

Avvo Rating "10.0 Superb"

Bar Admissions

• California

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