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Mayer Brown

1999 K STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1101, USA
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Work +1 202 263 3000
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Timothy Keeler

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Mayer Brown

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Government & Global Trade

Position

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 ‚Äď or proposed laws ‚Äď 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‚Äô 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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‚Äď2001 as a policy coordinator on export control and trade remedy policy, handling the Commerce Department‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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. ‚Äď Korea Free Trade Agreement, October 2010), and the U.S.-China Business Council (Sec. 421 tires safeguard case, July 2009; and the U.S. ‚Äď China Economic and Political Relationship, January 2010).

Education

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

With six partners based out of Washington DC, and the ability to draw on expertise from across its considerable international network, Mayer Brown's 'sophisticated international trade practice' is well positioned to advise corporates, trade associations and governments on a broad cross-section of trade compliance, remedies and CFIUS matters. With numerous former high-ranking government officials in its ranks, including two ex-US trade representatives (USTR), the team has 'practical experience in dealing with the US regulators', and is consequently able to 'provide pragmatic advice in navigating the often complex regulatory landscape'. Matthew McConkey has a strong track record for trade remedies work and is representing the Aluminum Extruders Council in relation to the Section 232 investigation on imported aluminum. Team head Duane Layton has a focus on international dispute settlement (including WTO matters) and has extensive experience representing governments and industries in import relief proceedings, both domestically and abroad. Working alongside lawyers from the firm's Brussels office, Layton continues to act for The Renewable Fuels Association and certain domestic ethanol producers in challenging the EU anti-dumping duty imposed on US ethanol producers. Other recommended partners include customs expert Sydney Mintzer; Timothy Keeler, who provides excellent trade policy insight in light of his private practice experience and former USTR role; and the 'knowledgeable and responsive' Tamer Soliman, who excels at advising foreign companies on the extraterritorial impact of US export control and sanctions laws.

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United States: Government

Government relations

Within: Government relations

Mayer Brown¬†is recognized not only for its ‚Äėdeep experience and strong expertise in the advancement and passage of federal legislation, including tax law‚Äô, but also its ‚Äėexcellent base of contacts in Congress and the administration‚Äô. The group handles international, federal, state and local government affairs matters. John Janicik¬†and Mitchell Holzrichter¬†are key names in the Chicago office. Los-Angeles-based Philip Recht¬†advises Bird Rides on regulatory matters in the City of Los Angeles involving the use and sharing of electric scooters, a new disruptive technology that appeared in the US and abroad in 2018. Joseph Seliga, also in Chicago,¬†excels at ‚Äėadvising governments and private sector investors in the development and execution of public-private partnerships of major infrastructure projects‚Äô. Other recommended team members include Michael Kantor, Timothy Keeler¬†and Duane Layton.

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