WILLIAM C. LANE
FREE TRADE & GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT ADVOCATE
A 40-year Caterpillar Veteran, Bill is the Executive Director of Trade For America, a coalition supporting the modernization of NAFTA and KORUS. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition which supports U.S. funding for diplomacy and development.
While at Caterpillar, Bill was responsible for the company’s advocacy in support of competitiveness, trade liberalization and economic growth. From supporting free trade agreements to opposing unilateral sanctions and protectionist schemes, Bill has been center stage during many of the most contentious trade debates of the past three decades. He was also a company spokesman during the Cat-UAW labor dispute.
From 2004 through 2015, Bill was named one of Washington’s top corporate lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. In 2016, he was awarded the Washington International Trade Association's Lighthouse Award. Bill is a Penn State Alumni Fellow and chairs the Penn State Global Advisory Council. He is also a Wall Street Journal contributor.
PANEL 1 - TRADE POLICY in TURBULENT TIMES
Panelists will present a comprehensive overview of current trade and custom law, policy, and regulatory developments.
DONALD B. CAMERON, ESQ.
TRADE and CUSTOMS ATTORNEY
THE LAW OFFICE of LEWIS E. LEIBOWITZ
The Legal Challenge to Section 232: Developments at the U.S. Court of International Trade and Beyond
Donald B. Cameron, Jr. is a partner in the firm’s International Trade practice. He has over three decades of experience representing multinational businesses, foreign governments, foreign trade associations and U.S. importers in litigation under U.S. antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguards law. He also advises clients from around the globe in international trade disputes and market access issues, and has particular experience defending clients in industry sectors that are politically sensitive. Mr. Cameron has represented foreign producers and importers in sectors such as footwear, lumber, textiles, electronic products, and steel products. He practices regularly before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Cameron has extensive experience representing private-sector interests and governments in dispute settlement proceedings before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Geneva, and has argued on behalf of clients before the WTO Panels and WTO Appellate Body. He has also defended clients in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 19 proceedings and has argued before NAFTA Panels. Mr. Cameron also advised the Government of Korea in the successful WTO challenges to the U.S. safeguard actions on line pipe and certain steel products (AB-2001-9 and AB-2003-3).
As counsel for foreign manufacturers, Mr. Cameron has also advised and assisted foreign governments in a variety of bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, most prominent being the steel Voluntary Restraint Arrangements negotiations, bilateral subsidies negotiations and the OECD shipbuilding negotiations.
TRADE and CUSTOMS ATTORNEY
THE LAW OFFICE of LEWIS E. LEIBOWITZ
Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Developments in 2019 and Beyond
Lewis, a well-known Washington, D.C. attorney specializing in international trade, Customs and related matters. He advises clients on international trade opportunities and challenges dealing with law and government policy. He specializes in trade remedy actions, including antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguards, national security (section 232) and import-
related intellectual property matters (section 337). In this arena, he has experience with trade agreements and negotiations (e.g., NAFTA, WTO), import-related public policy issues involving economic development and competitiveness in the global economy. He focuses particularly on importers and end-users in navigating trade remedy cases that involve basic raw materials (steel, aluminum, energy). He has spoken frequently on trade remedy cases and their likely impact on the industries filing them and on those downstream customers affected by them.
Lewis has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of international trade matters, having represented clients in trade matters for nearly four decades. He also handles Customs-related matters dealing with classification, valuation, country of origin, and penalties.
An acknowledged leader in free zones worldwide and foreign-trade zones in the United States, Lewis is a past Chairman of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and participated in the creation of the World Free Zones Organization.
Lewis is the owner of The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the School of Law in Baltimore and has practiced law in Washington for more than forty years.
SENIOR PRINCIPAL, BRACEWELL, LLP and DIRECTOR of STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS for the COALITION of AMERICAN METAL MANUFACTURERS and USERS
Update on Congressional Efforts to Reform Section 232
With more than 25 years of experience in strategic, crisis and corporate communications, Paul Nathanson's focus is on reputation management, message development and implementation, public policy analysis, media relations and strategic counseling services for a range of U.S. and international clients. He assists clients in formulating arguments in persuasive ways and ensures that clients’ views are heard and understood by their target audiences, including Members of Congress, policymakers, the news media and the public. Over the years, he has managed comprehensive crisis communications planning and response programs for a range of clients in the fields of consumer products, energy and natural resources, manufacturing, finance and health industries. Paul has also provided crisis communications and media training to a range of corporate CEOs and other senior executives, trade association leaders and non-profit heads.
Prior to joining Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group, Paul spent 15 years as a partner at a public relations agency, where he headed the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and managed strategic communications programs for corporations, trade associations, foreign governments and international donor agencies both in the U.S. and in the former Soviet Union. In addition, he has managed donor-funded privatization and economic reform programs overseas, and market entry and reputation management programs for domestic and international private sector clients.
Paul began his career in the non-profit sector, where he served for seven years as a vice president for a non-governmental organization, directing democracy-building programs around the world, including election monitoring, technical assistance to legislatures and international conference management in Central America, Asia, the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Living with Section 232: How to Navigate the New Exclusion Process
Nithya’s experience working in federal government agencies provides critical perspective as she advises clients on U.S. trade and trade remedies. Her previous roles at the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Court of International Trade give Nithya an insider’s perspective as she counsels clients on administrative and regulatory acts before Commerce, the International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Nithya also defends appeals in the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, NAFTA panels and the World Trade Organization.
Nithya’s focus is trade-remedy strategy and antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. She has deep experience with all levels of trade remedy proceedings, having led and participated in numerous such proceedings conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Ministry of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China, the DGFT in India and the European Commission. She has conducted trade consultations and negotiations with foreign governments including India, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine, and negotiated several bilateral trade agreements (suspension agreement or undertakings) on behalf of the Department of Commerce in the settlement of antidumping duty investigations.
Nithya advises clients to choose preventive medicine instead of a bandage by calling her to avert problems when they start new investments or become mandatory respondents in trade remedy proceedings. As a licensed U.S. Customs broker, she handles classification and entry analysis, prior disclosures and protests.
PANEL 2 - DEVELOPMENTS in CUSTOMS LAWS and REGULATION YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED to KNOW ABOUT
What are the primary steel supply chain challenges facing the shipping industry in 2018, and how will it respond to them? Will changes in the U.S and global economies affect operations, and if so, how? How will U.S. steel-handling ports like Houston be affected?
MATTHEW S. CUMMINS
THE LAW OFFICES of LAWRENCE W. HANSON, P.C.
Panel 2 - Trade Policy in Turbulent Times
Mr. Cummins pursued his law degree at the University of Houston Law Center, interned for the Honorable Judge Mike Engelhart of the 151st District Court of Harris County and clerked for a Houston maritime law and mass tort firm.
While completing his legal studies, Mr. Cummins clerked for Mr. Lawrence Hanson and then, in November 2014, accepted an associate attorney position with the firm. Mr. Cummins has garnered legal experience in international trade, with a law practice focusing on compliance with import and export regulations.
The American Institute for International Steel is honored to welcome the esteemed list of panel speakers for our annual conference. Each speaker offers a wealth of knowledge in their respective area. Please take time to view the bios below and be ready to hear what is happening now in the steel supply chain.