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Mayer Brown

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Duane Layton

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Mayer Brown

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Government and Global Trade


Duane Layton is head of Mayer Brown’s Government and Global Trade Group in Washington, Europe, Asia and Latin America. His practice concentrates on international dispute settlement, including World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes, international trade and investment law, and international trade negotiations and policy. Duane has extensive experience representing governments and industries in import relief proceedings (i.e., anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard), both in the United States and abroad (e.g., Argentina, Brazil, China, European Union, Guatemala, India, Jamaica, Mexico, and the Philippines). Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2006, Duane headed the International Trade Litigation Group at another prominent law firm in Washington, DC. From 1994 to 1999, he was Senior Counsel at the US Department of Commerce, where he received numerous honors and awards, including “Attorney of the Year” in 1998, and similar awards in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration in 1996. In 1987, Duane received a Silver Medal from the US Secretary of Commerce for his work on the US-Canada Free Trade Agreement. Earlier (1985–1986), Duane served as legislative counsel to US Congressman Rod Chandler. Duane has litigated numerous disputes before the WTO in Geneva, including the first two antidumping cases to come before the WTO. In both cases, he won important victories for the United States on a variety of significant issues, such as the proper jurisdiction of WTO panels, the duration of anti-dumping duties and the assessment of duties at de minimis levels. Recently, Duane represented the Government of Indonesia before the WTO in a successful challenge of U.S. restrictions on clove cigarettes pursuant to the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. This case was selected as the “Global Dispute of the Year: International Litigation” in the inaugural American Lawyer 2013 Global Legal Awards. In 2002, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body named Duane to a select list of non-governmental experts qualified to serve on dispute settlement panels maintained by the WTO’s Secretariat. Duane has also litigated numerous international trade disputes before the US Court of International Trade, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and binational panels convened under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Duane is recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading International Lawyers (2007 - 2012) and The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers (2008 - 2012). His published works on international trade law and international dispute settlement appear in numerous books and journals, including the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Journal of World Trade, and Business Law International, published by the International Bar Association in London. He has also taught classes and spoken at conferences on international trade law and dispute settlement sponsored by, inter alia, the World Bank, Georgetown University Law Center (including the WTO Academy organized by Prof. John Jackson), Catholic University School of Law, George Mason University, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, the US Court of International Trade, the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association. Duane was recently appointed to the International Trade Update Advisory Board of the Georgetown University Law Center.


• District of Columbia, 1990 • Washington, 1984 • California, 1982


• California Western School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1982; Editor, California Western International Law Journal • University of Cambridge, Clare Hall, LLM, with high honors, 1983 • University of Washington, BA, 1976

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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