Timothy J. Keeler, an attorney in the Government Relations & Public Law and International Trade practices, joined Mayer Brown in 2009, and brings an in-depth knowledge of international trade law and economic policy matters, and a history of working in the Executive Branch and Congress on major economic, legislative and regulatory issues. Tim provides legal and strategic advice to clients on matters including:
- The consistency of various legal regimes – or proposed laws – with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and other international legal obligations
- Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) filings on proposed transactions of foreign investment
- International economic, political, and legal events and actions that effect businesses and investors
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Tim served in a variety of senior positions in the US Government for almost 12 years. Most recently he was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) from 2006 – 2009, where he oversaw implementation of US policy, strategy and negotiations involving all aspects of international trade and investment matters.
He worked on a number of key issues including: climate change and trade; US and China relations; WTO negotiations and litigation; free trade agreement negotiations and implementation; and CFIUS decisions.
Tim also served on the Presidential Transition Team in 2000–2001 as a policy coordinator on export control and trade remedy policy, handling the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Export Administration (now called the Bureau of Industry and Security) and the International Trade Commission (ITC).
In recognition of his government service, Tim was awarded the USTR Distinguished Service Award, the Treasury Distinguished Service Award, and the Treasury Secretary’s Honor Award twice.
Tim is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Law, co-teaching a course on US and WTO law, policy, and politics, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington International Trade Association.
- Tulane University
- George Mason University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude
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- Adjunct professor of law, Georgetown School of Law
- Member, Board of Directors, the Washington International Trade Foundation
- Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations
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