Dennis Unkovic

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Dennis Unkovic (born March 28, 1948) is an American international attorney, speaker and business advisor best known for his books and commentary on international business. He was the chairman of Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms, from April 2015 to May 2018. [1]

Founded in 1990, Meritas is a professional services network consisting of a global alliance of business law firms formerly known as Commercial Law Affiliates. In 2018, the association's membership included over 180 law firms in 90 countries, with more than 7600 lawyers worldwide. Meritas is a non-profit corporation headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Membership is extended by invitation only, and regular recertification by all firms every three years is a requirement of membership. There is a staff of about 15 who handle the organization's administration and review referrals to ensure that the organization's standards are maintained.



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]

Pittsburgh City in western Pennsylvania

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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]

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

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Background and education

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

University of Virginia University in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law was founded in 1895. It became a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1900. Its primary home facility is the Barco Law Building. The school offers four degrees: Master of Studies in Law, Juris Doctor, Master of Laws for international students, and the Doctor of Juridical Science. The school offers several international legal programs, operates a variety of clinics, and publishes several law journals.


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]




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  1. Lyons, Kim. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Dennis Unkovic, Chairman of Meritas, has big plans for the 7,000 attorney network", May 26, 2015; accessed September 22, 2018.
  2. Bloomberg Executive Profile: Dennis Unkovic; accessed October 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