Alumni Profile: Aaron Hurvitz
Monday, November 01, 2010
Many TU College of Law graduates stay in Oklahoma or neighboring states to pursue promising careers. Others find opportunities in scattered spots around the country more distant from Tulsa. Few go where Aaron Hurvitz (JD ’07) has – Beijing, China.
Hurvitz, 29, is Of Foreign Counsel, U.S. Attorney at Law, at Kangxin Partners, P.C., one of the leading intellectual property firms in China. He has been with Kangxin for nearly two years.
Hurvitz advises the firm’s North American, European, Indian, and Australian clients on different aspects of Chinese intellectual property law. He focuses on how best to introduce technology into China, and he deals heavily with advising Kangxin’s clients on how best to effectuate positive enforcement of their intellectual property rights.
“As a foreign attorney, I bridge the cultural, business, and language gap between our clients and our firm,” Hurvitz said. “Most people in our firm speak a fair amount of English, but it is easier for me to deal with both sides. I find it particularly rewarding to solve our clients’ problems in China. For most, China is a completely unfamiliar place – with vast opportunity – and not many people understand how to capitalize on the market and work with the Chinese. Living and working in Beijing, I am on the ground and able to articulate what needs to be done to achieve results.”
Hurvitz frequently travels to give lectures and speak at conferences about infringement and enforcement measures in China. On October 26, he spoke at John Rogers Hall about “Legal Considerations of Conducting Business in China” as part of TU’s Faculty and Alumni Showcase Series.
Prior to earning his Juris Doctorate at TU, Hurvitz obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Arizona in 2003. In 2008, he received an LL.M. in International Business and Trade Law from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Along with its “student first” mentality, the TU College of Law became his law school of choice because of its strong international law program. Hurvitz then began his intellectual property work when he was hired as the sole law clerk on a case involving his uncle’s company. The case, which involved antitrust and a patent tying agreement, went before the United States Supreme Court.
“It was an interesting case coupling intellectual property with antitrust law and seeing how both fit together,” Hurvitz said. “We ultimately lost the case at the Supreme Court when the Court held that a patent doesn’t create the presumption of market power. It was an amazing experience to work on a case from start to finish, and to hear our case argued before the Supreme Court.”
Hurvitz is the only Westerner working for Kangxin. He notes that working for a Chinese firm has its interesting moments. There are cultural differences and misunderstandings at times, but Hurvitz says he has always tried to look at those times as learning experiences.
“I really thrive on the challenge of living and working in China,” Hurvitz said. “Every day is different, and it is difficult to get caught up in a routine.”
When asked for any advice he would give to current TU law students, Hurvitz said, “They should pursue something they are interested in. Law students should follow their dreams and work to create their own opportunities. They should picture their ideal job, and then go out and make that happen. Even if they have to work in an area they aren’t necessarily passionate about for the first few years after graduating, it is imperative to keep their initial goal in mind and continue to work toward achieving it. If there is an area of the law in which they want to practice or a place they want to live, they should pursue that, even if it is non-traditional. There is no ‘bad’ decision professionally so long as you learn and grow from the experience.”