John R. Magnus
Mr. Magnus has been an active trade practitioner for 29 years, serving as external counsel to domestic and foreign firms and industry coalitions in sectors such as steel, energy, forest products, chemicals, microelectronics, aerospace, textiles/apparel, footwear, tobacco, livestock, photographic materials, home appliances, insurance, beverage alcohol, 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 reviewing their 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.
With a secondary niche in competition law and policy, Mr. Magnus advises clients on domestic and (especially) international antitrust policy and enforcement issues. He has worked 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.
As an Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law (American University), Mr. Magnus 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 several WTO Ministerial meetings. Other professional associations include the Global Business Dialogue, where he currently serves as Board Chair; the Customs & International Trade Bar Association, where he was a Board member during the 2000s; the American Society of International Law; the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington International Trade Association. He speaks and publishes regularly on international economic issues.
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, and has twice served as panelist.
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).