- J.D., cum laude, American University Washington College of Law
- B.A., The University of Georgia; Presidential Scholar
- Associate Articles Editor, American University Law Review
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia Bar
- Maryland Bar
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of International Trade
Robert E. DeFrancesco, IIIPARTNER
Mr. DeFrancesco’s practice involves all aspects of trade remedy proceedings. He has particular expertise in both U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings appearing before the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Court of International Trade, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. DeFrancesco has also actively assisted in World Trade Organization (WTO) matters, providing advice regarding WTO obligations and dispute settlement proceedings for various clients and governments. Clients represented in these proceedings come from industries such as steel, semiconductors, and consumer goods, involving products from diverse economies such as Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and Brazil.
- Represented a group of steel producers before both the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in one of the seminal appeals of a USITC determination in recent memory.
- Assisted numerous companies in preparing for antidumping and countervailing duty verifications before the DOC.
- Assisted several companies in diverse industries, including steel, shrimp, outboard engines, and semiconductors regarding their preparation of antidumping questionnaire responses before the DOC.
- Represented an outboard engine manufacturer in one of the largest consumer products antidumping investigations before the USITC.
- Advised several clients and foreign governments before both the Panel and the Appellate Body WTO appeal.
- Participated in government contracts litigation involving an agreement to supply U.S. forces in Kuwait and Iraq with food products.
- Researched customs issues and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulations regarding importation and distribution of ethanol.
- Lobbied before the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on various trade-related matters.
- Assisted clients in navigating the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) new continuous bond requirements for agricultural products.
- Assistant Adjunct Professor, International Trade Law and Regulation, George Mason University School of Law (2007-Present).
- Law Clerk, U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of the General Counsel (Summer 2000).
- Law Clerk, Bureau of Export Administration, Office of the General Counsel (Fall 1999).
HONORS & AWARDS
- Recognized by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in International Trade Law (2013).
- Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in International Trade (2013).