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King & Spalding LLP

International Trade

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What the team is known for

Noted practice that demonstrates strength in trade remedies and is particularly well regarded for its representation of petitioners. Maintains a strong bench with partners experienced in antidumping and countervailing duty disputes. Also handles export controls and economic sanctions work, often advising clients in the aerospace, defense, energy and life sciences sectors. Experienced in handling customs work, regularly advises on a range of compliance matters.

Strengths

Clients say: "It does a good job of helping us interpret export controls and economic sanctions regulations."

Sources say. "The trade controls team is well rounded and collaborative. Everyone recognizes their own strengths but also recognizes where others have more to offer."

"Its lawyers are deep experts in their fields and they know not just the procedure for the ITC but they also understand the players and what resonates well in those areas," note commentators.

The trade remedy and policy team is "excellent, the lawyers are responsive, are knowledgeable and are strategic in their approach," note clients.

Sources say the customs team provides "great customer service, attention to detail and a willingness to cover all aspects of an issue."

Interviewees say: "The firm's international trade and customs practitioners, as a team, are highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable in a wide variety of practice areas within the field of international trade, trade policy and customs."

Work highlights

Advised Briggs & Stratton on antidumping and countervailing duty petitions involving the import of vertical engines from China.

Advised Energizer Holdings on customs issues in connection to its $2 billion purchase of the global battery and light unit of Rayovac.

Notable practitioners

Christine Savage focuses her practice on economic sanctions and export controls. She is experienced in guidance clients through internal compliance audits.
"She is extremely effective and extraordinarily knowledgeable about export controls issues." "She knows her area of law and her advice is accessible." "She gives practical guidance."

Michael Taylor handles customs compliance matters, among other areas of work. He also assists clients with customs classification issues.
"He is thoughtful, thorough and exceptionally knowledgeable and deliberate in his handling of client matters." "I am very pleased with his responsiveness, understanding of the issues at hand, and attention to detail." "He has amazing interpersonal skills."

Patrick Togni advises clients on a range of customs issues including customs classification and tariff disputes.
"Patrick is a true team player, resourceful and a skilled customs practitioner."

Stephen Orava chairs the trade team at the firm and handles a range of disputes. He often handles antidumping and countervailing duty cases.
"He is a very strategic guy who knows the entire process." "He is tremendous, he is incredibly responsive and strategic." "He is strategically minded and very practical. He does a fantastic job of taking complex concepts and data and making it understandable."

Stephen Vaughn regularly assists manufacturers with complex antidumping and countervailing duty cases in international courts. He also works on trade policy matters.
"He brings a wealth of knowledge." "He is really excellent at driving the discussion." "He has a very strong understanding of how the regulators mind works and what arguments make the most sense and have the deepest impact."

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International Trade

King & Spalding LLP

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Location

1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Suite 200

Washington, DC

District of Columbia

USA

20006

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

International Trade: Customs


J Michael Taylor
Band 3
Patrick Togni
Associates to watch

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions


Christine Savage
Band 3

International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy


Stephen J Orava
Band 4
Stephen P Vaughn
Band 5