Kaufman David A

David A. Kaufman

David Kaufman is the Director of Global Strategies at Nixon Peabody LLP. In this role, he manages and helps develop strategy for the firm’s International Practice, international offices, and relationships with law firms around the world. David works extensively with clients from the U.S. doing business around the globe and international clients in the U.S. He has a long history of doing business in PRC and has worked with NP’s robust PRC practice since its creation. Outside the United States, NP has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, and London. During his tenure, David has served in a variety of leadership positions at the firm, including supervising the regional marketing function and supporting an array of practice groups/industries.

What do you focus on?

Relationships. There is nothing more critical to providing effective legal counsel than strong relationships. Therefore, I focus on how our firm relates to our clients, potential clients, business connections and our larger community. I help our attorneys build stronger bonds with our clients and build better bridges to community around us.

Globalization has changed the way lawyers deliver legal services. Our clients demand and should expect seamless service across time zones, borders and languages. I work with our attorneys to deliver those truly global solutions to help our clients succeed, wherever they are doing business.

What do you see on the horizon?

I am bullish on globalization. Despite Brexit, trade tensions, and other barriers, our planet continues to be an incredibly shrinking world. With that, the scope of international legal work will continue to expand, both in geographic diversity and scope. Truly global lawyers, like we have at NP, will be increasingly called upon to manage transactions, disputes, IP and other legal matters that involve multiple markets that are frequently emerging and may not involve their home geography.

Publications & Presentations

Coronavirus putting crimp on firms doing business in China

Rochester Business Journal | February 21, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column about how employers with business operations in China are responding to the coronavirus outbreak and related travel restrictions. The article is based on an alert by Hong Kong Corporate partner David Cheng, Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Benjamin Kim, San Francisco Labor and Employment senior counsel Jeffrey Tanenbaum and associate Rachel Conn, and Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman

From eyeglasses to backpacks, Bay Area firms scramble as coronavirus closes Chinese factories

San Francisco Chronicle | February 07, 2020

This article quotes Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman discussing the enormous supply chain impact from the lockdown of manufacturing and high-tech hub Wuhan, China, and its surrounding region.

Decline in Chinese FDI affects industries in US, from tech to real estate to Hollywood

China Daily | July 26, 2019

This article quotes Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman on the outlook for cross-border investment between the United States and China, which is likely to include a reduced focus on high tech but new opportunities in tourism, travel and education.

What trade trouble? China loosens foreign ownership of financial sector one year early

Forbes | July 20, 2019

This Forbes article describing China’s efforts to open its market to foreign investors.

Deal makers in China-Hollywood express concern over impact of trade tensions

Forbes | July 30, 2018

Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman is quoted in this article about the impact of U.S.-China trade tensions on Hollywood deals.

Trade tensions impacting US-China collaboration in entertainment industry

The Orange County Register | July 26, 2018

Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman is quoted in this article discussing how the fraught relationship between the U.S. and China is altering the business landscape. “There is tension between the United States and China and that’s really affected the size of the deals that are going on,” he said.


David A. Kaufman

Director of Global Strategies

San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8241

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6027


Phone: 312-425-3946


Phone: +44 (0) 20 7096 6600

Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2521 0880


Phone: +86 21 6137 5500

Mobile: 415-244-2224

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A.

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics

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