Dennis Unkovic

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Dennis Unkovic
Born (1948-03-28) 28 March 1948 (age 69)
Occupation Attorney
Nationality United States

Dennis Unkovic (born March 28, 1948) American international attorney, speaker and business advisor best known for his books and commentary on international business. He is the chairman of Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms.[1]


Unkovic is a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, based in Pittsburgh. His work includes structuring and managing international business deals and partnerships. He also is heavily involved in intellectual property law and trade secret protection.[2] He speaks to business organizations, government officials and academic institutions worldwide about international topics.[3][4]

In the 1970s, Unkovic served as legislative director to former United States Senate Minority Leader Hugh D. Scott in Washington D.C. and as assistant counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights.[5] He frequently appears in the media for his comments on international business and trade, including CNBC,[6] Chinese Central Television, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,[7] and the Pittsburgh Business Times.[8][9]

Background and Education

Unkovic is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Unkovic is a well-known author of many business books and articles on international business.[10] In particular, his books focus on social strategies and negotiating tactics for dealing with international business partners, both for American audiences doing business abroad and for Asian business partners doing business in the United States.[11][12][13]



  • Foreign Direct Investment - A View From the Inside - 2016 Global Legal Post
  • FACE: How Saving Face Changes Everything Kindle Edition, 2016
  • Understanding Asia: Winning Strategies for Business Success - 2011 American Bar Association (Chicago, Illinois)
  • The Art of Investing in America: Secrets to Success - 2009 Metallurgical Industry Press (Beijing, China)
  • Deal With It…A Duquesne Club Retrospective on the Work of Tim Menees - 2008
  • Beyond The Japanese Style Management: The Last Survival Strategies in the 20th Century - 1995 Diamond, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Revisioning Japan: Inside the American Mind - 1990 Diamond, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan)
  • The Trade Secrets Handbook: Strategies and Techniques for Safeguarding Corporate Information - 1985 Prentice-Hall, Inc. (subsequently translated and published in Chinese, Japanese and Serbo-Croatian)
  • International Opportunities and the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 - 1984 Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.


  • Editor, On the Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: A Practical Guide, 2011, Meritas, Inc.
  • Editor,Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia - 2007, Meritas, Inc.: revised and updated second edition published 2010; third edition published in 2013.
  • Contributing author,Licensing Best Practices: Strategic, Territorial, and Technology Issue - 2006, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Contributing author,The LESI Guide to Licensing Best Practices - – 2002, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

External links

Law Firm

  • Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

Literary Publications

  • The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • Pittsburgh Quarterly
  • Dynamic Business
  • Diamond, Inc.
  • Japan Times

Educational institutions

  • Pitt Law
  • University of Virginia

Video Clips

  • New Normal for global growth, Interview on CNBC
  • Doing Business in Beijing, Interview on CNBC
  • Interview with Chinese Central Television (CCTV2) on YouTube
  • Interview with Scott Cohn on CNBC
  • Malaysia Missing Airplane, Interview on KDKA
  • Is China a threat to U.S. Energy Security, Interview on CNBC
  • China Growth Slowest in Five Years, Interview on KQV-AM
  • Four Big Challenges for China — and One Giant Opportunity on KDKA-TV


  1. ^ Lyons, Kim. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Dennis Unkovic, Chairman of Meritas, has big plans for the 7,000 attorney network," May 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Bloomberg Executive Profile, Dennis Unkovic, ret. Oct. 13, 2016
  3. ^ Erdley, Debra. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Newsmaker: Dennis Unkovic," August 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Speaker Q&A Dennis Unkovic Meritas, ret. Oct 13, 2016
  5. ^ Bloomberg Executive Profile, Dennis Unkovic, ret. Oct. 13, 2016
  6. ^ Unkovic, Dennis. “Doing Business in Beijing”,; accessed February 10, 2010.
  7. ^ Boselovic, Len. “Is there room for U.S. to benefit from change in China?”, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Lyons, Kim. “Relationships crucial to getting deals done in China”, Pittsburgh Business Times, September 21, 2009.
  9. ^ Lyons, Kim. “Rules of the Game”, Pittsburgh Business Times, February 25, 2008.
  10. ^ Lyons, Kim. Pittsburgh Business Times, "Relationships Crucial to getting deals done in China" Sept. 21, 2009
  11. ^ Unkovic, Dennis Ed. Successful Strategies for Doing Business In Asia, Meritas, Inc. 2010
  12. ^ Unkovic, Dennis Beyond the Japanese Style of Management: The last Survival Strategies in the 20th Century, Diamond, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) 1995
  13. ^ Unkovic, Dennis The Art of Investing in AmericaL Secrets to Success Metallurgical Industry Press (Beijing, China), 2009
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