Meador & Engle is a California law firm that specializes in the business issues faced by growing companies and creative entrepreneurs.


The firm also offers expertise in international business operations, with a special focus on Asia.


Business thinking. Outside of the box.

International Experience


Ross Meador's international experience began early. He was born in Mexico City and holds dual nationality with Mexico and the U.S. After a brief stint cleaning guinea pig cages for the Salk Institute, his first meaningful job out of high school was in Vietnam where he opened an office for an American charity. Since then he has worked and traveled in many parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Australia. While at Berkeley Law, he served as Executive Editor of the International Tax & Business Lawyer law review and Vice President of the International Law Society.


Over the years, Mr. Meador has served as Chairman of the Legal Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, President of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of the North Pacific Coast, Vice President of the US Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the California Bar Association. He also holds a Certificate in Import and Export Management from the Bay Area World Trade Center.


An important element of Mr. Meador's cross-border, cross-cultural business practice is the emphasis placed on skilled cross-cultural communications. In this vein, together with Jinsoo Terry, he founded Advanced Global Connections, a cross-cultural business communications training company. He also serves as a Korea and Vietnam Country Specialist for Aperian Global, a global consulting and training firm.




International Legal Practice Ross Meador is an experienced international lawyer who has led, negotiated and documented hundreds of cross-border transactions in Asia, Europe, South America.

Throughout his career, Mr. Meador has counseled a wide variety of businesses, both large and small, on all aspects of starting and maintaining cross-border operations and international trade. He has negotiated and drafted hundreds of business agreements, and advises clients on business models, financing issues, strategic relationships, and the planning and documentation of technology licenses and other methods for the protection and exploitation of intellectual property.


Meador & Engle has Substantial International Experience With the Following Clients and Industries



VILAF-Hong DucVietnam's Leading International Law Firm


Meador & Engle enjoys a close association with the largest firm in Vietnam, VILAF-Hong Duc. VILAF was one of the first business law firms formed after Vietnam opened its doors to foreign investment in the early 1990s. With 60 lawyers and legal experts in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, VILAF is the largest and strongest team of local lawyers in Vietnam.

The International Financial Law Review (IFLR) presented VILAF with the Vietnam National Law Firm of the Year award, not once but each of the last three years. IFLR is one of the world's leading magazines for in-house counsel and practitioners in the financial markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The award is accepted as the benchmark for legal practice in Asia. The National Law Firm of the Year award is given annually by IFLR to one law firm in each country in the Asia-Pacific region with the best track record in giving local law advice on some of the most innovative international finance deals.


Ross Meador practiced law with Kim & Chang from 1989 until 1995. During that time, the firm grew from 50 to 200 lawyers and firmly established itself as the most successful firm in Asia in terms of reputation and market size. Today the firm has over 650 professionals and is widely recognized as the top firm in Korea by every measure, but also as one of the best firms in all of Asia. Meador & Engle enjoys a special relationship with Kim & Chang and is thus able to offer particular expertise in Korea-related business matters.