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Legal Times identifies 10 top-notch attorneys who specialize in international trade law. Turn your head to the right, and you can read about these very accomplished men and women. I’d like to explain here why some other trade experts are not profiled in this issue. When we begin reporting a Leading Lawyers story (inevitably after the nominations start flowing in), the first thing we do is define the particular area of law. Our definition has to be broad enough so that all those chosen are indeed outstanding in their field. We don’t want to dub everybody a Leading Lawyer. But the definition must be narrow enough so that our choice of only 10 individuals isn’t totally arbitrary. We don’t want to be staring at 23 names with no reasonable basis for cutting anybody. In defining “international trade law,” we drew a crucial distinction: Those who specialize in handling Section 337 disputes before the U.S. International Trade Commission are defined as intellectual property attorneys, not trade lawyers, for purposes of the Leading Lawyers series. Why? Because if we didn’t draw that line, we wouldn’t have had the space to do justice to anti-dumping specialists and export control experts and World Trade Organization counsel and Section 337 mavens. (We promise to give the latter their due in an upcoming report.) To learn more about Legal Times ‘ Leading Lawyers series, click here. This installment of Leading Lawyers is sponsored by Beers & Cutler, an accounting and consulting firm focused on the Washington, D.C., region and serving the legal industry. Sponsor support makes possible the Leading Lawyers Awards Presentation and Cocktail Reception, to be held on Oct. 23 this year. The Leading Lawyers are selected by Legal Times ‘ editorial team; Beers & Cutler had no role in their selection or the editorial content of this section.
Leading Lawyers in International Trade: Don’t Trade Away Their Advice Lumber or steel nails, uranium or canned pineapples — if it moves across international borders, these 10 top-notch lawyers are there to ensure the trade is fair. by Jenna Greene • What We Can Do Ourselves New multilateral agreements may not be reached in the near future, but that doesn’t mean the United States can’t improve trade practices on its own. by John Magnus and John Gilliland • Did You Expect Less Scrutiny? You may recall Congress grew concerned last year about the national security implications of foreign investments. So lawmakers made the statute stricter. by Michael J. O’Neil

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