Neil Ellis focuses his practice in the areas of international trade regulation and antitrust. In the international trade area, Mr Ellis has represented foreign and domestic companies, manufacturers, exporters and importers before the US Department of Commerce, the US International Trade Commission and the federal courts in import regulatory proceedings. He has represented clients in some of the most complex and controversial antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguards cases for over 30 years.
A sample of Mr Ellis’s representations includes products such as: solar cells and modules (China, Taiwan), anti-friction bearings (Japan), steel (Japan, Netherlands, Russia, India, England), lumber (Canada), washing machines (Korea), newspaper printing presses (Japan), uranium (former Soviet Union), fertiliser products (Russia) and motion pictures (US/Canada). In highly political “non-market economy” cases, he has provided advice in the negotiation of suspension agreements to settle the antidumping disputes.
Mr Ellis also has extensive experience advising governments and companies on the use of the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization to resolve trade disputes, particularly in the areas of antidumping and countervailing duties. He has participated in all stages of WTO litigation, including consultations, panel and Appellate Body proceedings, and compliance proceedings and arbitrations.
In the antitrust area, Mr Ellis has advised a range of clients, including multinational corporations and trade associations, regarding compliance with federal antitrust rules, and has advised US and foreign companies in the federal merger review process. He also represented companies involved in civil investigations by the US Department of Justice and in federal and state private antitrust litigation.
Before entering private practice, Mr Ellis worked in the appellate section of the antitrust division of the US Department of Justice, where he briefed and argued antitrust and administrative law cases in the US courts of appeals. Mr Ellis was also a full-time law professor at Hofstra University in New York, where he taught courses in the areas of international trade and maritime law. He speaks regularly at conferences on international trade topics and has published articles on trade and antitrust.
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