Matthew R. Nicely is a partner in the firm’s International Trade practice group. His practice covers the full range of the US trade regulatory regime, including trade policy, trade remedies, customs, export controls, economic sanctions, anti-boycott and anti-corruption laws, like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
He also advises clients on opportunities and risks presented by international obligations under bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade and investment agreements, including the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Matt has represented clients across multiple industries in antidumping (AD), countervailing duty (CVD), and safeguard litigation, as well as the business implications of day-to-day trade and customs regulation.
Relying on his knowledge of WTO agreements, Matt counsels clients on whether actions taken by member governments comply with WTO agreements, on implementation procedures under US law, and on methods for resolving trade disputes, including through formal dispute settlement.
Matt has represented clients before multiple US agencies and US courts, including in proceedings before the US Department of Commerce, US Customs and Border Protection, US International Trade Commission, and the Office of the US Trade Representative, and appeals before the US Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
His clients vary in scope and span the globe: governments, exporters of goods and services, importers, and producers and users of various metals, high-tech goods, auto parts, chemicals and many different consumer items from all over the world.
As an adjunct law professor at the American University’s Washington College of Law, Matt teaches a course called The US Trade Regime and coaches the school’s WTO moot court team.
He has participated in various pro bono matters over the years, including advising Guantanamo Bay detainees on their petitions for writ of habeas corpus.
- Co-chair and vice chair, American Bar Association, Section on International Law, International Trade Committee, 2003 – 2010
- Member, US Court of International Trade Advisory Committee on Rules, 2008 – present
- Adjunct Professor, “The United States Trade Regime,” American University Washington College of Law, 2007 – present
- JHP Inc. (Jobs Have Priority, aka Jobs for Homeless People) board member (2003 – present); board president (2006 – 2009); board vice president (2012 – 2015); board treasurer (2005 – 2006)
- American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1991, cum laude
- Oberlin College, B.A., 1987
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