Most Highly Regarded Firms: Trade & Customs 2009

Sidley Austin LLP is at the head of our research with ten nominees from three offices in the US, Switzerland and Belgium making the grade.

The International Who's Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers
Most highly regarded individuals
Gary Horlick Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick, Washington, DC
Edwin Vermulst Vermulst Verhaeghe Graafsma & Bronckers, Brussels
Lourdes Catrain Hogan & Hartson LLP, Brussels
Phillip Bentley QC McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Brussels
Charlene Barshefsky Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC
Richard Cunningham Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC
Paulette Vander Schueren Mayer Brown International LLP, Brussels
Terence Stewart Stewart and Stewart, Washington, DC
Jean-François Bellis Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
Marco Bronckers Vermulst Verhaeghe Graafsma & Bronckers, Brussels


The Washington, DC, office receives most nominees overall. Andrew Shoyer chairs the firm’s international trade and dispute resolution practice and is “world class”, while Richard Belanger’s “terrific” practice was pointed out to us. Neil Ellis has been listed for his work in complex international trade cases and Daniel Price, senior partner for global issues and a member of the firm’s executive committee, has recently returned after serving as assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs in the Bush administration. Amelia Porges has argued before WTO and GATT panels and advised governments and businesses in international negotiations. In Geneva the “highly respected” and “very experienced” Scott Andersen focuses on WTO disputes. Nicolas Lockhart is known to be “one of the strongest” in the field, specialising in the development and enforcement of international trade rules. Todd Friedbacher completes this team from the Geneva office and has counselled and represented governments and private parties on trade and regulatory issues. The Brussels office contributes two further lawyers: Richard Weiner is “respected for EU and US trade matters” and is a member of the firm’s international trade and arbitration group; Laurent Ruessmann is known for providing “technical trade remedies” regarding EC and member state legislation in addition to WTO agreements.

Seven lawyers from Steptoe & Johnson LLP appear in our book, with the firm’s largest contingent in Washington. In DC, Richard Cunningham is a “senior figure” in the field with substantial experience in US import relief laws, trade policy issues, WTO matters and developing international trade strategies. Edward Krauland performs “great work”, specialising in international regulatory compliance and government procurement. He previously worked at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the area of nuclear exports. The “world-class” Mark Moran is “the best of the younger generation”. He has successfully litigated numerous high-profile import relief cases under the US anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguards laws. Susan Esserman chairs the firm’s international department and has special experience in WTO matters and US trade laws, having previously served as Deputy US Trade Representative. George Grandison, who is a “definite candidate”, completes the nominations for this office and focuses on international trade litigation, customs advice and investigations.

Iain MacVay is based at the London and Brussels offices and “does a very good job”, having previously advised the European spirits industry on three successful WTO challenges and governments in international law issues affecting the luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, electronic goods and steel sectors. James Searles is a “very good” partner also at the firm’s Brussels office and advises on EU external trade measures, intra-EU trade obstacles and international market access in addition to extensive trade experience in China and Japan.

We also recognise six lawyers from WilmerHale. Charlene Barshefsky is the firm’s senior international partner and is based in Washington, DC. She joined after serving as the US Trade Representative and a member of the Cabinet and is known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China’s WTO Agreement. John Greenwald represents clients in matters regarding the trade laws of the US, EU and other jurisdictions while Robert Novick is “highly recommended” and focuses on assisting clients to implement market access. Within the Brussels office the “highly respected” Jacques Bourgeois is a counsel in the firm’s regulatory and government affairs department, and specialises in EU trade law. Claus-Dieter Ehlermann is considered “excellent” and an “elder statesman” having previously held senior positions in the WTO and the European Commission. Stefan Ohlhoff is the sole nomination from the firm’s office in Berlin and his “highly knowledgeable” representation of clients in WTO matters, trade compliance, countervailing duty and safeguard proceedings is recommended.

White & Case LLP matches this with six lawyers listed in our research and most nominations are also based in Washington, DC. William Clinton is seen as “very capable” on legal developments related to the WTO, NAFTA and other multilateral trade arrangements. Gregory Spak is “exceptional” and practises primarily in the area of trade regulation, representing foreign governments, exporters and US importers involved in trade proceedings and with extensive experience in Latin America. Walter Spak is head of the international trade group and focuses on the US and third country trade proceedings, customs issues, bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, dispute resolution under NAFTA, WTO and sector-specific trade policy issues. Based in the firm’s office in Geneva the “highly respected” Brendan McGivern advises companies, industry associations and governments on the full range of WTO matters as well as being a regular public commentator on such matters. Jasper Wauters counsels clients through WTO dispute settlement proceedings and has worked closely with many dispute settlement panels involving conflicts between WTO members relating to the Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and the Safeguards Agreement. In the firm’s Beijing office Christopher Corr is “excellent counsel”, having been involved in a number of high-profile cases such as the first NAFTA panel disputes.

Hogan & Hartson LLP has five nominees this year, four of whom are based in Washington. The “fantastic” Jeanne Archibald directs the firm’s international trade group and focuses on compliance counselling and enforcement proceedings with respect to economic sanctions, export controls, money laundering, international trade negotiations and dispute settlements. Lewis Leibowitz has a “good practice” representing clients before all federal courts and agencies with competence for international trade. Craig Lewis assists clients in anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings and global and bilateral safeguards. He is widely perceived as a “China expert” following success in one of the most complex and contested anti-dumping investigations ever conducted in that country. Mark McConnell is “very well known and very good”, according to one of our sources who has won a number of high-profile cases in the past decade. Lourdes Catrain at the Brussels office serves as the firm’s European group director and is “excellent”, gaining particular recognition after securing anti-dumping duty extensions for Philips and a group of global footwear companies.

At Covington & Burling LLP in DC, Stuart Eizenstat is a “big name” and heads the firm’s international practice. He focuses on resolving international trade problems and business disputes with the US and foreign governments. The “respected” Harvey Applebaum is a senior counsel whose practice involves the Trade Commission, Commerce Department and US Trade Representative proceedings under the anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws. Based in Brussels, “highly specialised” “go-to-guy” Georg Berrisch is renowned for his expertise in anti-dumping measures, anti-subsidy, customs and export control.

Mayer Brown International LLP has two nominees from their Brussels office this year. Paulette Vander Schueren is “brilliant” and is highly knowledgeable in international trade compliance, WTO, customs and European Union matters. The “very sound” Edward Borovikov has in-depth experience in WTO, EC and Russian trade law and practice. Michael Kantor, from the firm’s Washington office, has extensive experience in market access issues, as well as the expansion of client activities in foreign markets.

Baker & McKenzie LLP also has three lawyers who make it to the final cut this year. In Washington, William Outman specialises in foreign trade matters, particularly those involving tariff and trade issues concerning import transactions, unfair trade practices and export controls. Raymundo Enríquez is nominated from the firm’s office in Mexico City and is regarded as “one of the pioneers” in the field. Steven Becker is a member of the firm’s global tax practice group in the New York office and has represented a number of federal and state taxing agencies and counselled a number of companies in tariff classification disputes before the World Customs Organization.


In the US, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Arent Fox LLP lead the field with four nominations this year.

The “first-class” Jean Anderson at Weil Gotshal’s DC office is a renowned international trade strategist and litigator for companies and governments around the world. The “specialist” Charles Roh has had more than 25 dispute settlement proceedings under the WTO and GATT, while Joanne Osendarp has previously served as a senior trade counsel with the government of Canada and has played key roles in the negotiation and drafting of NAFTA, ITA, SLA and other trade agreements. Located at the

firm’s New York office, Stuart Rosen specialises in regulatory and commercial matters and co-chairs the New York State Bar Association customs and international trade committee.

At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, Warren Connelly represents clients in federal courts and agencies handling a wide variety of trade policy matters and WTO dispute resolution proceedings. Valerie Slater heads the firm’s international trade practice and serves on the firm’s management committee. Sources speak of a “top tier” practitioner with extensive experience in anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases and with other types of unfair trade litigation, including ‘escape clause’ cases. The “impressive” Hal Shapiro was previously senior adviser for international economic affairs and senior counsellor to the director of the National Economic Council at the White House and now advises multinational corporations, US trade associations and foreign governments on international business and policy. Spencer Griffith has recently been busy with Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement issues but also has a broad client base in China.

From Arent Fox LLP in Washington Matthew Clark focuses his “first-class” work on anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings and import and export regulatory matters while serving on the firm’s executive committee and as the co-chair of the regulatory department. Matthew Nolan has over 20 years of experience and he has worked extensively on issues pertaining to trade and investment in the Americas, Europe, South Africa, Turkey and other countries. The “knowledgeable” Kay Georgi has extensive experience in advising on export control and sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and trade remedy matters. John Gurley rounds up those listed at the firm’s DC office and focuses on trade relief proceedings, including anti-dumping and countervailing duty matters, customs and matters before the Office of the US Trade Representative.

At Winston & Strawn LLP we list three lawyers from the firm’s DC office. The “very experienced” William Barringer has been involved in many significant international trade disputes, including disputes between the United States and Japan involving cars, film and steel. James Durling is “very highly recommended”. He specialises in defending foreign companies in anti-dumping, countervailing duty and other trade-remedy investigations and advising on parties’ obligations under WTO agreements. Christopher Dunn represents clients in matters related to anti-dumping, subsidies and safeguards, as well as customs enforcement with his client base composed of companies and governments from Asia and Latin America.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered also has three lawyers in Washington on our list. Homer Moyer has represented the government of Canada in a number of trade disputes before binational panels and extraordinary challenge committees and counselled a US corporation in an expropriation case before the US–Iran Claims Tribunal. David Foster is said to be “terrific” as is Richard Abbey, who previously served as chief counsel at the US Customs Service and has recently centred his practice on supply chain security issues.

At Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in DC, Daniel Plaine focuses on anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, while Judith Lee specialises in USA Patriot Act compliance, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, economic sanctions and export controls. The “excellent” Donald Harrison specialises in NAFTA, the foreign-trade zone programme and the Generalised System of Preferences, and has represented clients before a range of federal courts and agencies.

Two lawyers from King & Spalding LLP in Washington have made it into the list this year. Joseph Dorn is perceived as “brilliant”, successfully pursuing trade remedy actions on behalf of US industries against imports from a number of countries and representing US industries in anti-dumping and countervailing cases. The “exceptional” Gilbert Kaplan focuses on anti-dumping and countervailing cases.

Gary Horlick in DC is an acknowledged “titan of trade law”. Former trade counsel of the US Senate Finance Committee and head of import administration at the US Department of Commerce, he “wrote the book in this area” and was praised worldwide for his expertise. Terence Stewart based in DC is the managing partner of Stewart and Stewart. He is “very well known and very good” according to leading lawyers in the field.


Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is the best represented Canadian firm, with nominees in Ottawa and Toronto. Head of Osler’s international trade and investment law practice Ronald Cheng is held “in very high regard”. he acts as counsel before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the federal courts and is widely versed in NAFTA and WTO matters. At the firm’s offices in Toronto, Riyaz Dattu has been involved in some of the most complex trade disagreements in Canada including two of the country’s earliest WTO disputes.

From its offices in Toronto Bennett Jones LLP also has two nominees included in this year’s list. The “first-rate” Darrel Pearson has represented clients in some of the country’s most important customs and trade remedy cases, including the only two cases involving customs law and international trade remedy law heard by the Supreme Court of Canada in the last 50 years. Milos Barutciski chairs the firm’s international trade and investment practice and regularly appears in anti-dumping, countervailing duty and government procurement cases before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and federal courts.

In Montreal the “excellent” Glenn Cranker represents Stikeman Elliott LLP and is the co-chair of the international trade group. He appears before Canadian administrative tribunals and previously served on the dispute settlement panel set up by the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA.

Focusing his trade practice on participation in binational panels to review determinations of dumping and of subsidisations, the “outstanding” Simon Potter in Montreal represents McCarthy Tétrault LLP in this year’s edition.


Van Bael & Bellis emerges as the market leader in Brussels. The “very respected” and “excellent” Jean-François Bellis is a member of the WTO panel and has advised international clients in countless EC anti-dumping cases as well as in many of the less frequently used EC countervailing, safeguard and “trade barriers” proceedings. Philippe De Baere is “very reliable and very clever” and has been involved in most major EC anti-dumping, anti-circumvention and anti-subsidy proceedings since 1990. He has represented clients before the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and the WTO Appellate Body. Fabrizio Di Gianni provides “top-class” counsel to a wide spectrum of clients in trade related matters involving WTO, EC and third countries’ trade legislation while Richard Luff focuses on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy law, representing clients before the EC institutions and the WTO.

Three lawyers from Vermulst Verhaeghe Graafsma & Bronckers appear in our book. Edwin Vermulst, a previous WTO panellist, is seen as “one of the best” and has been involved in landmark court cases involving the EU cap and trade system. Marco Bronckers is “very strong in the WTO area” and Folkert Graafsma is “an expert in anti-dumping”.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has two nominees based in Brussels. Clive Stanbrook QC heads the EU regulatory practice and has substantial experience in providing advice on European law to a number of industries. Philip Bentley QC is a “first-class lawyer” with substantial experience representing Indian, Chinese and Malaysian exporters in EU anti-dumping and countervailing proceedings.


At Veirano Advogados, Ana Caetano has “played an integral role” in developing trade practice in Brazil specifically in trade remedies and customs evaluation. Based in Canberra, Australia, Daniel Moulis from Moulis Legal is “superb” and is experienced in organisation dispute settlement body proceedings. He has been involved in many of the landmark trade law cases in Australia, including the WTO salmon case and the pork safeguard measures inquiry. Mitsuo Matsushita at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu in Tokyo is a “first-class” lawyer who is a director at both the Japan Economic Jurisprudence Association and the Japan International Economic Association. In Taiwan Sui-Yu Wu from Wu & Partners, Attorneys-at-Law has also made it into the final list and has been described as “a real player”.

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