Former Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish Rejoins Skadden

Skadden is pleased to announce that Deputy United States Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will rejoin the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in its CFIUS and National Security Group, effective August 2020. Ambassador Gerrish will focus on helping clients navigate challenges and barriers in international trade and investment, including trade agreement and supply chain issues, market access issues and trade barriers, reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls matters and trade litigation.

Most recently, Ambassador Gerrish has served as the deputy United States trade representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East and industrial competitiveness. He was appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate in March 2018. In this role, Ambassador Gerrish has devised and implemented U.S. trade policy for the regions and issues under his purview, led critically important trade negotiations, and developed and executed strategies to address trade barriers and unfair trade practices in countries around the world. He has advised on CFIUS reviews of foreign investment transactions and helped formulate the regulations and policies implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA).

Ambassador Gerrish has worked closely with other Trump administration officials and members of Congress and their staffs. He served as lead negotiator for the U.S.-China Economic and Trade Agreement and played a key role in the negotiations of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as well as the renegotiation of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Additionally, he has led negotiations with the United Kingdom, European Union and India on potential trade deals and headed the U.S. delegation or was the lead U.S. trade official at several global trade and economic meetings. From 2018 to 2019, he also served as the acting president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

At Skadden, Ambassador Gerrish advised clients on trade compliance, litigation and policy matters, as well as issues arising under the U.S. export controls laws and customs laws and regulations, both in transactional and broader compliance contexts. He served as lead counsel in litigating numerous antidumping and countervailing duty cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. courts, NAFTA binational panels and World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels. He also represented clients in negotiations relating to international trade agreements and in designing strategies to open or maintain international markets for exports of their products and services.

“Jeff’s deep understanding of international trade, his direct experience reviewing foreign transactions, and his perspective and insights gained while shaping U.S. trade policy at the highest level will enhance Skadden’s capabilities in these areas. We look forward to offering clients his counsel in navigating this increasingly complex global trade environment,” said Michael Leiter, leader of the firm’s CFIUS and National Security Group.

“I am thrilled to return to Skadden and share my recent experiences at USTR with colleagues and clients. The firm’s esteemed lawyers and global platform offer an ideal opportunity for me,” Ambassador Gerrish said.

Ambassador Gerrish first joined Skadden in 1998 as an associate, became counsel and was named to the partnership in 2007. In 2015, he was selected to lead what was then known as the firm’s international trade practice. He was a member of the U.S. Court of International Trade Rules Advisory Committee (appointed and reappointed by the chief judge) and served as co-chair of the International Trade Committee and a board member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Ambassador Gerrish earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York (Albany).