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Wiley Rein International Trade Practice and Partners Rated Among the Nation's Best

June 21, 2007

The 2007 edition of Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized Wiley Rein’s International Trade Practice as one of the nation’s best and singled out partners Alan H. Price, John B. Reynolds III, John R. Shane and Charles Owen Verrill, Jr. as “Leading Lawyers” in the field. 

Chambers reports that, having almost doubled in sized over the past two years, Wiley Rein’s International Trade has “an unusual but highly successful marriage” that combines “dual strengths on the petitioner side of trade remedy disputes and in the export control and economic sanctions area.”  Clients interviewed by the publisher remarked, “They are very well tied into the economic academic community…plus they have a good working relationship with the USTR and are well connected with both Democrats and Republicans.”  The group’s presence in some areas is “unmatched;” it is “always a major player in steel” and has ‘significant presence” in 337 disputes.

In rating John Reynolds in their top-tier of attorneys, Chambers names him the “star of Wiley Rein’s highly rated export controls and economic sanctions team.”  The publisher reports that “his role in writing certain sanctions programs gives him the edge over others in that field, and he is perfectly placed to provide high-level advice to the financial institutions that increasingly come knocking on his door when in need of compliance expertise.”  Mr. Reynolds also receives accolades as a CFIUS expert and for his work in export controls and economic sanctions.

Alan Price, an expert in Chinese subsidy issues and leader of the firm’s nationally recognized antidumping and countervailing duty practice, is named a “Leading Lawyer” in the area of trade remedies and trade policy matters, as are partners Charles Verrill and Jack Shane.  Mr. Price is commended for being “preeminent on the petitioner side,” for having “recently represented several clients in the steel industry as well as leading the firm’s team on the lined paper matter.”

Chambers reports that, “Senior figure Charles Verrill has a reputation for excellence stretching back decades, and lately demonstrated his political acumen in leading Wiley Rein’s representation of US producers of flat and long steel in a Section 201 investigation assessing the damage to domestic producers precipitated by a surge of imports - the investigation resulted in President Bush’s imposing tariffs of up to 30% on imported steel.”  Mr. Shane receives notice as “a leading figure in the firm’s vibrant Section 337 practice.”

The Chambers ratings are based on extensive interviews of law firms’ clients, colleagues and competitors.  Inclusion in the directory is determined through a rigorous vetting process whereby Chambers researchers evaluate law firms and attorneys on a number of factors. 

View the full Chambers editorial.