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Jeffrey Gerrish 

Jeffrey Gerrish has over twenty years of experience in international trade law, policy, and negotiations.

Ambassador Gerrish served as the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Industrial Competitiveness from 2018 to 2020.  In this role, he formulated 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.  Ambassador Gerrish served as the lead negotiator for the U.S.-China Economic and Trade Agreement and played a key role in the negotiation or renegotiation of several other major trade agreements, including the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.  While at USTR, Ambassador Gerrish was responsible for issues relating to steel trade policy, and he led USTR’s efforts on the actions taken on imports of steel and aluminum under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.  From April 2018 to May 2019, Ambassador Gerrish also served as acting President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Ambassador Gerrish has extensive experience assisting companies in complex antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguards cases and in other high-stakes trade disputes before the U.S. government and foreign governments and institutions.  He has litigated hundreds of cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, North American Free Trade Agreement binational panels, and World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels.  In addition, Ambassador Gerrish has worked with clients on national security investigations under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and in investigations into unfair trade policies and practices before the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.  He has achieved highly successful outcomes for clients in these matters in industries ranging from steel to geosynthetics. 

Another important part of Ambassador Gerrish’s practice is advising clients regarding trade policy issues before the U.S. Congress and administration.  He also works with clients in ongoing negotiations relating to international trade agreements.  He advises clients on how such negotiations may affect their interests and operations and helps them to develop and execute strategies for the negotiations.

Ambassador Gerrish is a frequent speaker on international trade topics.  He also was previously appointed (and reappointed) by the chief judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade to serve as a member of the court’s Rules Advisory Committee, and he served as co-chair of the International Trade Committee and a board member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association.  Ambassador Gerrish repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.


Duke University School of Law
J.D., 1994

State University of New York, Albany

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • State of New York

  • State of North Carolina

  • U.S. Court of International Trade

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • U.S. Supreme Court

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