James T. Hitch began his career with the Chicago Office of Baker & McKenzie in 1975. He became an International Partner in 1982, and remained in the Chicago Office until 1997, when he relocated to the Firm’s offices in Russia and Ukraine. Mr. Hitch retired as a Principal on December 31, 2010, and became Senior Counsel to the Firm’s Washington, DC Office. He fully retired from the firm in 2011. Mr. Hitch has over 35 years of broad experience in advising multinational corporations on their trade, investment, and related business activities in the various countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. He regularly contributes to various business and legal publications, including his article: “Ukraine’s New Anti-Corruption Law: Will It Really Stop Corruption in Ukraine?” published in The International Lawyer (Fall 2011, Vol. 45, No. 3) of the ABA SIL. Mr. Hitch graduated with a J.D. cum laude degree from the Harvard Law School in 1975, and with an A.B. magna cum laude degree from Princeton University in 1971, as well as with a Certificate of Distinction from its Russian Studies Program and with a major in International Affairs from its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Mr. Hitch also studied at Leningrad State University (USSR) in 1970 and at the Law Faculty of the University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia, now Croatia) in 1973-1974. He is proficient in Russian, Serbian, and Croatian.