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


Bernd Janzen advises clients around the globe across a range of trade litigation proceedings arising under U.S. law. These include AD/CVD and safeguard law, U.S. customs requirements, Section 232 of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act of 1962, and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. In his practice, he assists corporate and sovereign clients in Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Singapore, navigate duty and penalty risk, and develop litigation strategy geared to current U.S. trade policy. He represents clients in appeals before U.S. courts and international tribunals. Mr. Janzen works with clients across multiple industries—including the automotive, building materials, chemicals, energy, softwood lumber, aerospace, seed, tire, paper, steel and consumer electronics industries—taking care to understand the unique challenges each faces in the context of rapidly evolving and complex U.S. and international trade requirements.

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Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration, 1996 to 2000.


District of Columbia Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association, Section of International Law


BA, Bethel College, cum laude; M.I.A., Columbia University; J.D., The George Washington University Law School

Lawyer Rankings

United States > International Trade > International trade

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.