John R. Magnus, President
Mr. Magnus has been an active trade practitioner for 21 years, serving as external counsel to domestic and foreign firms and industry coalitions in sectors such as steel, forest products, chemicals, microelectronics, aerospace, textiles/apparel, footwear, tobacco, photographic materials, insurance, beverage alcohol, machine tools, telecommunications, motion pictures and cable television. He advises and represents clients on multilateral negotiations and WTO disputes; on regional and bilateral trade initiatives; on U.S. trade legislation and Congressional oversight activities; on market access cases involving goods and services; on foreign governments' trade regimes and industrial policy measures; and on customs and compliance issues. He also advises foreign governments on their trade regimes and implementation of WTO rules.
Mr. Magnus has litigated numerous antidumping, countervailing duty, and other import-related cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission, as well as their reviewing courts and binational panels. He has also handled Section 301 market access cases before the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, and helped to defend U.S. measures, and prosecute U.S. complaints, in numerous GATT/WTO dispute settlement proceedings.
Mr. Magnus has a secondary practice niche in antitrust, advising clients on domestic and (especially) international antitrust policy and enforcement issues. He has studied and written extensively on foreign antitrust and state aid control regimes as well as efforts toward multilateral competition rules and cooperative enforcement.
From 1990-2004, Mr. Magnus was associated with Dewey Ballantine LLP and a core member of its Washington, DC-based international trade practice group. He was an equity partner in the firm from 2000-2004.
Mr. Magnus is an Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law (American University), where he teaches a course entitled "Understanding the United States Trade Regime."
Mr. Magnus' most significant bar activities are with the ABA Section of International Law, where he has served as a Council member, as Policy/Government Affairs Officer, as Chair of the International Trade Law Committee, and as ABA Delegate to the last four WTO Ministerial meetings. Other professional associations include the Customs & International Trade Bar Association, where he was a Board Member until 2010; the American Society of International Law; the Bretton Woods Committee; the International Chamber of Commerce (including a high-level ICC working party on trade and competition issues), and the Washington International Trade Association.
Mr. Magnus is also on the "roster" of trade remedy experts established under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, eligible for service on binational panels convened to review antidumping and countervailing duty determinations issued by Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Mr. Magnus is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. Court of International Trade, as well as in the District of Columbia, and the State of California.
He holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School (1990) and an AB, International Relations from Stanford University (1986).
Mr. Magnus is a prolific public speaker and writer on international economic issues.