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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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Fax +1 202 263 3300
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www.mayerbrown.com

Duane Layton

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Work 202-263-3811
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Mayer Brown

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Government and Global Trade

Position

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.

Member

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

Education

• 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

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 MintzerTimothy 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 ‘deep experience and strong expertise in the advancement and passage of federal legislation, including tax law’, but also its ‘excellent base of contacts in Congress and the administration’. 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 ‘advising governments and private sector investors in the development and execution of public-private partnerships of major infrastructure projects’. Other recommended team members include Michael Kantor, Timothy Keeler and Duane Layton.

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