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J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; Dean's List

B.A., with honors, Stanford University

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Elizabeth V. Baltzan

Consulting Counsel

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A respected litigator at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Beth works on behalf of U.S. industries to ensure that their concerns are appropriately addressed, whether through developing disputes or defending them. She advises clients with respect to WTO litigation, as well as trade policy and negotiations, including congressional trade policy. Having served as counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the House Ways and Means Committee, she has a profound understanding of how trade policy is formulated, negotiated, and implemented.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended U.S. laws and regulations in numerous WTO disputes, including persuading a panel to reject Appellate Body precedent.
  • Assisted the U.S. Department of Justice in successfully defending billion-dollar claims that the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
  • Served as counsel for every trade agreement negotiated between 2003 and 2009.
  • Drafted laws involving customs, preferences for developing countries, and assistance for displaced workers.

Professional Experience

  • Executive Office of the President, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
    • Special Litigation Consultant (2016-2017)
    • Associate General Counsel (2004-2009)
    • Assistant General Counsel (2003-2004)
  • Consultant, Center for American Progress (2016)
  • Democratic Trade Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee (2012-2016)
  • Fellow, U.S. Senate, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (2012)
  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Office of International Affairs 
    • Acting Co-Director (2011-2012)
    • Associate Director (2011-2012)
    • Assistant Director (2009-2011)

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