Frank Samolis is co-chair of our International Trade Practice. He advises clients on international trade matters, including trade law, trade policy and legislation, and international trade negotiations. He is also chair of our India Practice Group and the leader of our Colombia Desk, Latin America Task Force.
Frank handles matters before the Office of the US Trade Representative, other Executive Branch Trade agencies, the US International Trade Commission, US Court of International Trade, US Customs Service and the US Congress. Frank has represented foreign sovereigns or foreign multinationals from Asia, Europe, Central and Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, in addition to US companies seeking expanded market access in major export markets.
He also counsels clients on the status of negotiations and bilateral/regional trade agreements in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other fora, and has represented several sovereign entities in Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the US.
Frank has been active on such legislative matters as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the implementation of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement, the Uruguay Round of GATT trade negotiations, the North American Free Trade Agreement, extending MFN status and securing PNTR for China, Trade Promotion Authority, and enhancing Caribbean and African trade benefits.
Appointed by the US Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce to an Industry Trade Advisory Committee in 1992, Frank consulted regularly as a private sector advisor with senior US government officials on policy issues and solutions. Previously, Frank was counsel to the Subcommittee on Trade of the Committee on Ways and Means, US House of Representatives.
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