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ZHENG, Yanli (Leanne) Partner

Professional Experience

Ms. Zheng has been a Dispute Resolution Partner at Jun He and another leading Chinese firm since 2013. Prior to that, she worked in the Beijing Office of Jones Day for 7 years. As lead counsel and a team leader at Jones Day, Ms. Zheng represented both Chinese and international clients and successfully handled complex disputes inside and outside of China. Before joining Jones Day, she served in the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court for 9 years, hearing more than 600 civil and commercial cases as a third-level judge and 800 cases as a clerk in a number of different areas. Ms. Zheng has also shadowed several English Judges as a representative of a PRC Judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and worked in the London Office of Eversheds Law Firm in 2005. 

Ms. Zheng is Arbitrator at CIETAC, Part-time professor and graduate student instructor at Law School and Lawyer School of Renmin University, and Steering Group Member of ABA China Committee, Section of International Law. 

Ms. Zheng specializes in dealing with a wide variety of complex civil and commercial disputes within or outside of China, and her experience mainly covers the areas of international trade, contracts, anti-monopoly and anti-unfair competition, foreign investment, infringement of reputation and other complicated civil and commercial matters, administrative investigation, and white-collar criminal defense, administrative investigation and most of the subject value is over RMB 100 million.

Ms. Zheng was named ALB China 2017 Top 15 Litigators and the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 Recommended Dispute Resolution Lawyer. Ms. Zheng has also received the “Level-3 Outstanding Performance Medal” twice, which is awarded by the Supreme Court, and has been named an “Excellent Academic Professional of Beijing Municipality” for three consecutive years by the Beijing High Court. She has also been in charge of 12 research projects and produced more than 20 academic articles and more than 30 case analyses and judge’s opinions. Ms. Zheng has been invited as a senior contributor to a number of leading publications, including the Reference and Guide to Civil Trial, China Daily, Legal Daily, and People’s Court Daily. More than 10 of her published articles have won national awards.

Ms. Zheng is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences held in the U.S., the U.K., and China.


Ms. Zheng received an LL.B. Degree in 1997 from China University of Political Science and Law. She obtained an LL.M. Degree and Ph.D. Degree in Civil and Commercial Law from Peking University in 2002 and 2009 respectively. Ms. Zheng also received an M.A. Degree with distinction in International Comparative Law from the University of London in 2005.

Professional Associations

Member of the PRC Bar

Language Skills

Mandarin Chinese (native) and English (fluent)

JunHe is the only Chinese law firm to be admitted as a member of Lex Mundi and Multilaw, two international networks of independent law firms. JunHe and selected top law firms in major European and Asian jurisdictions are “best friends.” Through these connections, we provide high quality legal services to clients doing business throughout the world.