ATLANTA (January 30, 2012) ─ Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP has announced the addition of a premier international trade group, including four partners, to its Washington, D.C. office, effective January 27. The group comes to MMM from Troutman Sanders LLP.
Joining MMM will be partners Donald B. Cameron Jr., Julie C. Mendoza, R. Will Planert and Brady Mills, associate Mary Hodgins, and trade analyst Paul J. McGarr.
The group is particularly noted for its work in trade remedies cases and WTO litigation, including antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard investigations. Their extensive experience includes counseling both governments and corporations in disputes, negotiations and various bilateral and regional trade issues.
Cameron and Mendoza have been recognized as leading individuals in their field and the practice has earned recognition from Chambers USA and Chambers Global as well as other legal industry directories. The new team says MMM’s reputation for assisting international companies with their legal needs within the U.S. was an important factor in joining the firm. While a traditional Washington-based practice, they will work closely with partner Tim Xia in Atlanta, who heads the firm’s international/China practice.
"International inbound work is an important area of distinction for MMM. We have been building our reputation in this space for nearly a decade," said Louise M. Wells, Managing Partner of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. "The synergies created by this elite group and MMM will provide significant benefits to our clients. As of today, there are very few firms that are as broadly experienced in this space as MMM."
Morris, Manning & Martin is particularly well regarded for assisting clients with patent protection and IP litigation matters, as well as cross-border transactional work ─ particularly within the timber industry sector. With the addition of a leading trade group, the firm is positioning itself among the leading firms providing comprehensive inbound legal assistance. MMM is particularly well known for its work with Chinese, Taiwanese and Brazilian companies. The trade group also has extensive ties to South Korea, China and Latin America.
"MMM shares our passion, outlook and orientation for international matters. Their strategic vision fits perfectly with our practice ─ a significant incentive," said Donald Cameron. "We are excited to be able to make this move and hit the ground running."
About Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Morris, Manning & Martin (www.mmmlaw.com) is a full-service law firm with national and international reach. We dedicate ourselves to the constant pursuit of our clients’ success. To provide our clients with optimal value, we combine market-leading legal services with a total understanding of their needs to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and opportunity. MMM enjoys national prominence for its real estate, litigation, technology, healthcare, intellectual property, capital markets, environmental, green industry, insurance, mergers & acquisitions and timberland & forest products practices. MMM has offices in Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Savannah, Taipei, Beijing and Washington, D.C. and now an alliance with FGCN in São Paulo, Brazil.
About the New Partners:
Donald Cameron, the most senior member of the team, has more than three decades of experience representing multinational businesses, foreign governments, foreign trade associations, and U.S. importers in litigation under U.S. antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguards law. Mr. Cameron has represented foreign producers and importers in sectors such as footwear, lumber, textiles, electronic products, and steel products. He practices regularly before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Julie C. Mendoza has over two decades of experience skillfully defending a broad range of clients in major cases under U.S. import relief law and in U.S. customs matters. She practices before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, and various other U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As counsel to foreign manufacturers, Ms. Mendoza has advised foreign governments on a variety of bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations including the Uruguay Round, negotiations related to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Agreement on Safeguards, bilateral subsidies agreements, framework agreements on trade and investment, and the negotiation of Voluntary Restraint Arrangements on steel.
R. Will Planert concentrates on representing multilateral and foreign-based corporations in a wide variety of international trade disputes, including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, Section 201 (safeguards) cases, anticircumvention investigations, and customs compliance matters. Mr. Planert appears regularly before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. He is also experienced in complex litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before NAFTA binational dispute settlement panels. Mr. Planert counsels domestic and foreign clients on customs compliance issues, NAFTA origin issues, country of origin marking requirements and quotas.
Brady Mills has extensive experience in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, and appears regularly before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission. Mr. Mills also has significant experience in antidumping and countervailing duty litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Mills has represented clients in the steel, paper, and petrochemical industries in South Korea and China, and is currently representing a steel company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first countervailing duty investigation brought by the United States against the UAE. Mr. Mills has also been actively involved in pro-bono work, including his previous representation of an Alabama death row inmate whose case reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
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