I provide strategic advice to companies, trade associations and governments on their market access rights under the WTO and other trade agreements - and how to effectively pursue their rights in the real world. I provide rights-based policy advocacy arguments, policy papers and legislative drafting, to propel successful advocacy in negotiations and the legislative arena.
In 30-plus years advising on private and government clients' trade issues, I have dealt with many industries, including software (business software and video games), digital content (motion pictures, online video, video games, online music, e-books), electronics, semiconductors, satellites, medical devices, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metals, cement, energy (solar, wind and oil & gas), automotive trade, textiles and apparel, agriculture and aquaculture (subsidies, market access, regulatory trade barriers), wine, sweeteners, processed food, distilled spirits, and forest products. I have worked with companies and trade associations in a range of service industries including cloud-based computer and related services, digital music and video, express delivery, banking, securities and insurance services, telecommunications, distribution, and professional services.
Litigated or advised on over 100 government-to-government trade disputes, including the key cases that shaped WTO law during the first five years of the WTO. Have drafted WTO submissions and arguments for governments and stakeholders, and appeared before panels and the WTO Appellate Body. Advise governments and stakeholders on their WTO rights and obligations.
Counsel to U.S. business coalition policy initiative on trade issues related to state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the global economy; coalition efforts resulted in successful U.S. government initiative to include a chapter on SOEs in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement — later followed by a SOE chapter in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA, or NAFTA 2.0).
Advise governments, trade associations, and companies in the business software, motion picture, video game, online music and digital publishing industries on market access issues, including market access barriers in Asian, Latin American and European markets
Advise on market access barriers to U.S. wine exports worldwide
Advised the international recording industry on market access for digital music in China, including assistance with the successful WTO case against China's restrictions on market access for online sound recording distribution services
Advise companies and trade associations on how the WTO and trade and investment agreements can help them overcome market access barriers for cloud-based businesses
Advise agricultural stakeholders and associations on WTO and trade agreement issues, including market access barriers and subsidies
Advise on trade aspects of environmental and energy initiatives, including clean energy, climate change and environmental labeling
Analysis and advice on tariffs and customs issues on technology products, and on government procurement trade
Advised digital content industries and companies on trade aspects of online censorship and content regulation
Advised companies, trade associations and governments on market access issues for international service businesses and imported goods and digital content in China
Advised U.S. sweeteners trade associations and companies on market access issues under NAFTA and the WTO; litigated successful NAFTA investor-state claim on a sweeteners investment in Mexico and a successful WTO case on a discriminatory tax on soft drinks in Mexico
Advised on subsidies and trade remedies in the United States and abroad; successful defense against claims regarding prohibited subsidies
Advised on likely developments in WTO-authorized trade retaliation against U.S. trade and intellectual property rights
I am a Member of the Roster of External Counsel of the Advisory Centre for WTO Law, a Geneva-based international organization that provides legal aid on WTO issues to developing countries.
Since 1999 I have taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC -- since 2017, Global Trade and Policy in the SAIS Master of Arts in Global Policy Program, and before then, WTO and International Trade Law in the SAIS concentration on International Law and Organizations.