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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Robert S. Strauss Tower
2001 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1037
United States
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Partner; International Trade


Matt’s practice covers the full range of the U.S. trade regulatory regime, including trade policy, trade remedies, customs, export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott and anticorruption laws. He also advises clients on opportunities and risks presented by international obligations under bilateral, regional and multilateral trade and investment agreements, including World Trade Organization dispute resolution and counseling.

Matt represents clients across multiple industries in antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard litigation, and provides counsel on the business implications of day-to-day trade and customs regulation. Matt represents clients before multiple U.S. government agencies and U.S. courts. His clients vary in scope and span the globe: governments, exporters of goods and services, importers, and producers and users of various metals, high-tech goods, auto parts, chemicals and many different consumer items from all over the world.

Matt serves as President of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association. As an adjunct law professor at American University Washington College of Law, Matt teaches a course called The U.S. Trade Regime and coaches the school’s WTO moot court team.


American University Law School, JD (1991, cum laude); Oberlin College, BA (1987).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > International trade

(Leading lawyers)

Matthew NicelyAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLPhandles all trade matters with tremendous expertise and insight‘. A worldwide force in international trade law, the US group forms part of an enviably broad global network that leans on well-staffed platforms in Beijing, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. Sources also reserve praise for its ‘unusually strong depth of expertise‘, which is evidenced by its ability to cover the waterfront on trade issues, from trade policy and remedy matters, through to export controls and CFIUS work. Matthew Nicely is a go-to expert for trade remedies and policy and is leading the firm’s representation of HMTX Industries, and over 6000 additional plaintiffs, in a marquee challenge to the US government’s Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods. Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Kevin Wolf specializes in export controls and national security issues; he is highlighted by sources for his ‘keen practical insights on how the government makes decisions‘. Department head Thomas J McCarthy is ‘a seasoned practitioner‘ and has an emphasis on export controls, CFIUS work and sanctions programs. CFIUS practice head Christian C Davis, customs lead Lars-Erik A Hjelm and trade litigator Bernd Janzen are also experienced names. Suzanne Kane, who sits in the customs practice, is an impressive up-and-coming partner. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.