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Mayer Brown

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Timothy Keeler

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Mayer Brown

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Government & Global Trade


Tim Keeler, an attorney in the Government and International Trade Group, joined Mayer Brown in 2009, and brings an in-depth knowledge of international trade law and economic policy matters, and a history of working in the Executive Branch and Congress on major economic, legislative and regulatory issues. Tim provides legal and strategic advice to clients on matters including: The consistency of various legal regimes – or proposed laws – with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and other international legal obligations; Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) filings on proposed transactions of foreign investment; International trade negotiations in the WTO and bilateral or regional for a; WTO and other international trade agreement litigation; International economic, political, and legal events and actions that effect businesses and investors; The U.S. economic decision making process in the Administration and Congress; The political climate in various countries that are pertinent to clients’ business activities; Advocacy on behalf of clients to the U.S. government and to foreign governments. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Tim served in a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Government for almost 12 years. Most recently he was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from 2006 - 2009, where he oversaw implementation of U.S. policy, strategy and negotiations involving all aspects of international trade and investment matters. He worked on a number of key issues including: climate change and trade; US and China relations; WTO negotiations and litigation; free trade agreement negotiations and implementation; and CFIUS decisions. Before working for USTR, Tim spent more than five years at the Treasury Department from 2001 – 2006. He joined the Office of Legislative Affairs in 2001 as a Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for International Issues, where he was responsible for Treasury’s legislative strategy on issues including capital market sanctions, foreign exchange rate policy testimony, appropriations for U.S. agreements to replenish the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks, multilateral debt relief, and U.S. participation in the International Monetary Fund. He later managed the Office of Legislative Affairs from 2002 - 2006 and assisted on all policy and personnel issues in the Office. This included leading Treasury nominees through the U.S. Senate confirmation process, legislative strategy on Treasury Intelligence and Terrorist Financing matters, and advising on major economic legislative initiatives such as the 2003 tax cuts and social security reform proposals. Tim also served on the Presidential Transition Team in 2000–2001 as a policy coordinator on export control and trade remedy policy, handling the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Export Administration (now called the Bureau of Industry and Security) and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Earlier in his career, Tim served as a professional staff member for international trade on the US Senate Finance Committee under Chairman William V. Roth (R-DE). There he worked on legislation establishing permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) between the U.S. and China, preferential trade programs for Sub-Saharan Africa (the African Growth and Opportunity Act) and the Caribbean basin, the Generalized System of Preferences, legislation to bring the U.S. into compliance with the WTO decision on the Foreign Sales Corporation provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, and the miscellaneous tariff bill. In recognition of his government service, Tim was awarded the USTR Distinguished Service Award, the Treasury Distinguished Service Award, and the Treasury Secretary’s Honor Award twice. Tim is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Law, co-teaching a course on U.S. and WTO law, policy, and politics; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington International Trade Foundation; and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Tim has spoken at conferences on international trade and economic issues sponsored by, inter alia, the American Bar Association (Climate Change and Trade, March 2009), the Korea Economic Institute (the U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement, October 2010), and the U.S.-China Business Council (Sec. 421 tires safeguard case, July 2009; and the U.S. – China Economic and Political Relationship, January 2010).


Tulane University BSE, Engineering Science; George Mason University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude Associate Editor, George Mason Law Review

United States: Dispute resolution

International trade

Within: International trade

Based out of Washington DC but also aided by numerous pivotal international offices including Brussels, Mayer Brown provides ‘practical and responsive’ advice to corporates, trade associations and governments across a broad cross-section of trade compliance, remedies and CFIUS matters. With numerous former high-ranking government officials in its ranks, including two former USTRs, the team has excellent credibility before government agencies and in contentious matters it is equally at home handling work for petitioners as it is for respondents. Formerly resident in the firm’s Beijing office, Matthew McConkey specializes in handling US trade remedy proceedings involving Asian companies/products and is representing the US Aluminium Extrusions Council as an interested party in the Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of aluminium imports from China into the US. Team head Duane Layton is well versed in handling WTO disputes and is representing the Indonesian government in a high-profile and closely watched WTO challenge of Australian measures requiring "plain packaging" on tobacco products. Sydney Mintzer spearheads the firm’s customs offering, while the arrival in February 2017 of Tamer Soliman from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP enhances the team’s strength in relation to export control and sanctions matters. Timothy Keeler provides excellent trade policy insight in light of his private practice experience and former high-ranking position at the USTR.

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United States: Government

Government relations

Within: Government relations

The ‘excellent’ team at Mayer Brown is noted for assisting international, federal, state and local clients with government affairs matters; based in Chicago, where John Janicik and Mitchell Holzrichter are names to note, and Los Angeles, where Philip Recht and Edgar Khalatian are based and singled out for their expertise. Recht leads ongoing advice to the California High-Speed Rail Authority on the development of the high-speed rail network, currently the largest public works project in the US. Alongside Andrew Kugler, Recht advises the Lytton Rancheria tribe on state legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to internet gaming, alongside handling negotiations with Congress to enact legislation to place Sonoma County, the land selected for the tribe’s proposed housing development project, in trust for the tribe. In an example of its international capabilities, the group represented the government of Puerto Rico in advocacy for the development of a US-Puerto Rico tax policy relationship. Michael Kantor, Timothy Keeler and Duane Layton are recommended in the Washington DC office.

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