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Wiley Rein Named an "International Trade Group of the Year" by Law360

February 1, 2012

For the second consecutive year, Wiley Rein's International Trade Practice was named an "International Trade Group of the Year" by Law360.   In profiling the group, Wiley Rein was lauded as a "quintessential Washington firm" with a "dynamic" International Trade team that provides clients with "creativity and expertise" in core areas.

"The practice was born and bred around Washington ... and we understand the way it works," said Alan H. Price, chair of the International Trade Practice, to Law360.  "We provide an integrated team of lawyers, political analysts and government relations experts to address clients' problems."

As reported by Law360, "the group, which boasts one of the largest international trade practices in the U.S. with about 25 attorneys and other professionals, focuses on handling trade remedy issues and complex import and export control matters, assisting in World Trade Organization disputes and taking an active role in the trade policy arena. It also is known for its work representing petitioners from a diverse array of domestic industries, including steel, paper and chemicals."

"We are able to combine our litigation strength with our support on Capitol Hill and within government agencies to really represent our clients well," Mr. Price told Law360.  "Sometimes it's straight litigation, sometimes it's a legislative approach or sometimes it's a policy approach at the USTR. We consider a set of options for clients to accomplish their needs and goals."

In particular, the publication lauded the group for "taking on high-profile cases" that target green energy imports from China.  In October, Wiley Rein, led by Tim Brightbill, filed the first anti-dumping and countervailing duty litigation in the renewable energy sector on behalf of a coalition of U.S. solar companies.  And in December, representing a coalition of wind tower producers, the firm filed petitions asking the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to conduct antidumping investigations into Chinese and Vietnamese imports of utility scale wind towers.

Mr. Price told Law360 that the trade cases are crucial tools needed to offset the Chinese government's efforts to dominant green technology.

The International Trade Practice was one of five groups selected by a team of Law360 editors, who reviewed more than 500 submissions.