B.S.F.S., Georgetown; J.D., University of Virginia
Nestor Gounaris has 20 years China experience, with nearly 17 years in-country since 1989. Professor Gounaris has represented over 700 clients of varied industries and nationalities on matters ranging from large scale investment projects to multi-million dollar cross-border trade disputes. He was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers and Simmons & Simmons in their respective Shanghai offices before joining China Solutions, where he served as managing partner for eight years. Professor Gounaris was also Asia Pacific Regional Counsel for Stepan Company, a US-listed entity with nearly US$2 billion annual revenue. In addition to teaching at Georgetown Law Center, Professor Gounaris teaches Chinese business law at the University of Virginia Law and has taught at the University of California Los Angeles Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked on Sino-focused projects at the National Committee on US-China Relations, the Committee for Scholarly Communications with the PRC, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Academy for Educational Development. Professor Gounaris attended University of Virginia Law School and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and serves on Georgetown Law School’s Asian Advisory Board. He is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in Mandarin and Modern Greek.