China Legal Pioneer Edward Lehman Awarded 2014 DePauw University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Management and Entrepreneurship

BEIJING, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DePauw University awards Edward Lehman
(Connect on Linkedin), resident in mainland China for the past 27+ consecutive
years, with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Management and
Entrepreneurship. The award is presented each year to one alumni by the DePauw
University Alumni Association in conjunction with the McDermond Center for
Management and Entrepreneurship. The McDermond Center for Management and
Entrepreneurship is named for Robert C. McDermond the 1931 graduate of DePauw
who endowed the Center and its prestigious Management Fellows Program in 1980.

Edward Lehman, a 1982 graduate of DePauw, was the first foreign lawyer to work
at a mainland Chinese law firm in the history of the People’s Republic of China.
He is the first foreign lawyer to be a founding member of one of China’s first
private law firms. He holds the “dubious distinction” of being the longest
serving Managing Director of a mainland Chinese law firm (22+ consecutive
years). Additionally, Mr Lehman is the first foreign lawyer admitted by the
Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Mongolia, and founded the first private
law firm in Mongolia’s capital Ulaan Batter. Mr Lehman also founded and manages
an accounting firm in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Mongolia. He also founded
and manages a mainland based investment firm, LehmanBush with the son of former
President George Herbert Walker Bush (41) and older brother of former President
George W. Bush (43), businessman Neil Mallon Bush with offices in mainland
China, Hong Kong, and Mongolia. In 2014, the China Better Business Bureau,
promoting high standards in business practices in China, has appointed him as
General Counsel.

In 2002, Mr Lehman was appointed legal analyst and commentator to China Central
Television (CCTV News) and has appeared frequently on news segments including
Dialogue, and Voices & Votes for the past 12 years. In his role as legal
commentator Mr. Lehman explains Chinese laws, regulations, administrative
circulars, and policies. Each year when the China National People’s Congress
(NPC) meets in March, Mr. Lehman is asked to comment on new legislation before
China’s law making body.

DePauw University was founded in 1837 by the Methodist Church. The university
was established in the frontier village of Greencastle Indiana after the
enterprising community worked diligently to raise $25,000 to support the
university’s establishment. During his time there, Mr Lehman was active and
involved in the university and its extracurricular activities. While attending
DePauw he was President of the Student Senate, Treasurer of the Inter-Fraternity
Council, a four year letterman in Track & Field, a member of the Academic
Council, and a member/resident of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

Mr. Lehman is proud of these experiences and for his degree earned at DePauw
University, and has continued to value to the outstanding liberal arts based
education and lifelong friendships developed in his time at DePauw. One those
friends, resident in China for the past 5 years, is fellow DePauw University
Alumni, Luis R. Davila ’81 (whose wife is Deborah White Davila ’82). Mr. Davila
was also honored with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for management
and Entrepreneurship in 2005 for his role as President of RJ Reynolds Tobacco
Company for the Asia Pacific Region. Mr. Lehman is proud to honor the
enterprising spirit the Greencastle community and generations of DePauw
students, through his work as an American Attorney working within the developing
Chinese and Mongolian legal systems.

Mr. Lehman aided in the establishment of Lehman, Lee & Xu, along with three
Chinese partners, in 1992 as one of the first private law firms established in
mainland China and since then has served as the firm’s Managing Director. Today
the firm has seven offices throughout China and in Mongolia, in addition to a
network of associated offices throughout China. Mr. Lehman has personally
advised many major global corporations in their establishment and corporate
governance of their China operations.

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Management and Entrepreneurship
was established to demonstrate the strength of the DePauw experience by
recognizing the success of graduates. Mr. Lehman is humbled to be in the company
of recent winners of the award:

Robert S. Apatoff ’80 Awarded: 2012

Robert R. Carpenter ’78 Awarded: 2011

Kathy Patterson Vrabeck
’85 Awarded: 2010

Mark Emkes ’75 Awarded: 2009

Angela Hicks Bowman ’95 Awarded: 2007

Janet Risi ’81 Awarded: 2006

Luis R. Davila ’81 Awarded: 2005

Tim Solso ’69 Awarded: 2004

Over his 27+ consecutive years “on the ground” in mainland China, Mr. Lehman has
been a witness to many changes, “mostly for the better.” He has blazed an
important trail within the legal profession in China through the introduction of
modern law firm management practices. He has made many mistakes, learned
lessons, and seen clients do the same, but he stays focused on the successes he
has brought to his clients throughout his life’s work building a legal practice
in China.

Mr. Lehman is excited to return to DePauw after an absence of 32 years. He is
especially looking forward to share with DePauw students and faculty the lessons
he has learned as a entrepreneur, lawyer, and legal manager during his tenure as
a witness to the greatest economic transformation in the history of the world:
the People’s Republic of China.

Today, Mr. Lehman’s law firm, LEHMAN, LEE & XU has seven offices throughout
mainland China, two branch offices in Hong Kong and Macau with more than 250
lawyers, patent, and trademark attorneys and legal assistants providing a full
range of legal services to meet the diverse need of clients worldwide.

For more information, please contact:

Jacob Blacklock

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