Jim REIMAN 利赞士
Having practiced law for 18 years and built and run businesses both in the US and China, I’ve gained insights that permit me to see solutions to complex business disputes. I’m merging my two careers into a dispute resolution practice wherein I serve as a mediator or arbitrator for both domestic and international commercial transactions. I also serve as a director on the boards of companies and not-for-profit organizations.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
I had a summer paper route on a small lake in Vermont, delivering the local paper and New York Times to the docks of home owners on the lake. I had to create the route – finding customers as well as delivering to them. It was a lot of work, and after paying for the papers, gas and plastic bags to keep the papers dry I had little profit. I learned the difference between revenue and net profit.
What keeps you awake at night?
I worry about what I don’t know. If one knows what one doesn’t know, one can acquire the knowledge and plan, but not knowing what you don’t know means that you’re blind-sided when the unknown occurs.
What books are currently on your bedside table?
I enjoy stories about people and adventure, and am a fan of science fiction. I admire how the author creates a world and a society, and then explores human relationships within the construct of that fictional world and society. When I read for business, I usually look to books that discuss the history, politics and social mores of a region or the structure and organization of businesses and bureaucracies. Recent books I’ve enjoyed and recommend on China include: Chinese Rules, by Tim Clissold and How Chinese Leaders Think, by Robert Kuhn.
When do you feel most free?
On a sailboat or backpacking in the deep woods.