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April 3: Speaker, Charlene Barshefsky

Charlene Barshefsky, WilmerHale, Senior International Partner in D.C. office.

Room 121
Coffee and cookies will be served.

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky joined WilmerHale after serving as the US Trade Representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—from 1997 to 2001, and acting and deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. As the USTR and a member of the President's Cabinet, she was responsible for the negotiation of hundreds of complex market access, regulatory and investment agreements with virtually every major country in the world. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic WTO Agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace. She is recognized as a central figure for international business and international economic and trade issues. Her 25-year legal career in the field has encompassed international litigation, commercial negotiations, investment and regulatory advice, and dispute resolution, and she has written and lectured extensively both here and abroad.

At WilmerHale, Ambassador Barshefsky's practice centers on international business transactions, the structuring and negotiation of commercial agreements and the removal of trade and regulatory impediments to exporting to or investing in markets throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. She is exceptionally skilled in crafting market penetration strategies for goods, services and investment, and devising practical solutions to market access barriers, including negotiation with private parties and foreign governments worldwide. She also formulates sophisticated government relations strategies to complement, when necessary, the overall substantive legal approach. She advises companies in connection with trade litigation and dispute resolution in the US and abroad, as well as commercial and regulatory issues in the United States for foreign corporations.

Ambassador Barshefsky was recognized as one of the Top Lawyers in Washington, DC in the area of International Trade by Washingtonian magazine for 2007. She was recently named one of the ten "Leading Lawyers" in International Trade in Legal Times. She received a J.D. degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1975, and a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. She is a member of the D.C. bar.