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Shara Aranoff

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Covington & Burling LLP

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Shara Aranoff helps clients in technology, life sciences, and manufacturing use intellectual property and international trade enforcement tools to compete in U.S. and global markets. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Commissioner and Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), where she was a decision-maker in hundreds of Section 337, antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard investigations. Drawing on her 20 years of experience in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, she develops legal and public policy strategies to assist clients navigating the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Congress, and the courts.


In her previous role as Chairman of the ITC, Ms. Aranoff frequently engaged with Congress, USTR, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on intellectual property and international trade issues, including patent reform legislation and proposals to amend Section 337. Ms. Aranoff previously served as Senior International Trade Counsel for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) at the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she was responsible for legislative and policy issues including Trade Promotion Authority; negotiations involving the World Trade Organization and free trade agreements; and trade remedy and customs laws. She also served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel at the ITC, where she was lead counsel in appellate litigation before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of International Trade.


Harvard Law School, J.D.; University of Geneva & Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Fulbright Scholar); Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, B.A.

United States: Dispute resolution

International trade

Within: International trade

Led out of its Washington DC headquarters by Stuart Eizenstat and Peter Lichtenbaum, Covington & Burling LLP’s team provides ‘savvy and sophisticated advice’ that is mindful of both legal and policy concerns. Benefiting from the experience of numerous former high-ranking government officials, including Eizenstat, former US ambassador to the EU, and John Veroneau, a former deputy US trade representative (USTR), the team has ‘excellent connections with all the major players in DC’ and is ‘absolutely superb on trade policy issues’. Praised for its ‘ability to anticipate government concerns’, the team is also a top choice for advice to domestic and international corporates on their trade strategies and in the context of economic sanctions and export controls, where the ‘terrificPeter Flanagan stands out. Corinne Goldstein has ‘a keen understanding of the various regulatory regimes’ and is particularly accomplished at advising clients on the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Led by David Fagan and Mark Plotkin, the firm’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) practice is recognized as ‘among the very best for managing national security issues in very sensitive matters’. In a deal which attracted intense scrutiny, Fagan and Plotkin advised NXP Semiconductors on the $2.7bn sale of its Standard Products business to Chinese government-owned funds. The pair also secured clearance for Altice pertaining to the $9.1bn acquisition of Suddenlink and $17.7bn acquisition of Cablevision. The team is rounded out by counsel Shara Aranoff and Alexander Chinoy on the customs front, and Steve Fagell and Donald Ridings, who jointly head the anti-corruption sub group.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: international trade commission

Within: Patent litigation: international trade commission

Covington & Burling LLP’s depth of ITC expertise is ‘second to none’; it also stands out for its ability to handle patent infringement investigations in conjunction with federal district court proceedings. The firm’s China presence makes it a popular choice for multinational clients with cross-border IP issues involving China. In a typically prolific year, the team obtained a finding of no violation for respondent Samsung in a ‘100-day’ 337 proceeding filed by Creative regarding a patent relating to displaying playlists, and is representing respondent Baosteel before the ITC in high-profile antitrust-related claims. Sturgis Sobin, Maureen Browne, Alexander Chinoy and Shara Aranoff are the key team members.

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