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Wiley Rein Named ‘International Trade Practice Group of the Year’ by Law360 for Six Years Running

January 14, 2016

Wiley Rein LLP has been named an “International Trade Practice Group of the Year” by Law360 for six years in a row, the only firm nationwide to achieve this honor. According to Law360, Wiley Reinburnished its credentials as one of the nation’s top shops for U.S. manufacturers by securing hefty tariffs on imported solar energy goods and helping to beat back China’s rare earth export restraints” to once again be named to the list.

“We try to provide a very holistic representation, looking at multiple ways of solving our clients’ problems,” said International Trade Practice chair Alan H. Price. “Some of it may come through legislation, some of it may come through trade litigation or government relations work.”

Wiley Rein was cited for its “high-profile” work on behalf of SolarWorld Industries America, and for successfully beginning to level the playing field in response to dumped and subsidized solar panels from China and Taiwan. “Today we are starting to see a recovery of SolarWorld and other domestic solar manufacturing, which is the point of these cases. It’s very positive to be able to deliver that to our clients,” said partner Timothy C. Brightbill.

The firm was also noted for being at the “forefront of a flurry of new trade cases” filed in 2015 on behalf of Nucor Corp., seeking antidumping and countervailing duties on a variety of steel products on behalf of major U.S. trading partners. “We have a great team from top to bottom and were able to pull these cases together in a very short amount of time,” said Mr. Brightbill.

Law360 also highlighted Wiley Rein’s involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade debate and other key policy discussions in the nation’s capital and abroad, as well as the firm’s continued expansion of its export control and sanctions practice, which helped clients access the newly unlocked Cuban market following the Obama administration’s executive actions unveiled in late 2014. “Our export controls and sanctions team has extensive knowledge and experience assisting clients in all facets of export compliance,” partner John R. Shane told Law360.

Wiley Rein’s team—which also includes Daniel B. Pickard, Robert E. DeFrancesco III, Christopher B. Weld, Maureen E. Thorson, and Nova J. Daly—was selected by a panel of Law360 editors who reviewed 730 submissions across 30 practice areas from across the nation. Wiley Rein was one of nine law firms to receive awards in four categories this year. In addition to International Trade, the firm received honors for its Government Contracts, Insurance, and Telecommunications practices.

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