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Alan Wm. Wolff
Of Counsel
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Alan Wolff

Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff

         Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff leads Dewey & LeBoeuf's International Trade Practice.

            He served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (1977 - 1979) in the Carter Administration, holding the rank of ambassador, after having served as General Counsel of the agency from 1974 - 1977. As Deputy Trade Representative, he played a key role in the formulation of American trade policy and its implementation.  From 1968 to 1973, Ambassador Wolff was an attorney dealing with international monetary, trade and development issues at the Treasury Department.

          Ambassador Wolff is a member of the National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP Board) from 1997 - present.  He is a lifetime “National Associate” of the National Academies.  Ambassador Wolff chairs the Academies’ Committee on Comparative Innovation Policy: Best Practice in National Technology Programs.  The Committee is part of the activities of the Academies’ Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board, on which Ambassador Wolff serves. Ambassador Wolff is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Commercial Diplomacy Project; and is a member of the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy; the Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics; the Board of National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC); the United States Council for International Business; the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Society of International Law; and the American Bar Association.  He is also a Board Member of the U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund and of the National Trade Council Foundation.

Ambassador Wolff is recognized in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008 as a leader in the field of International Trade and is recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2006 and 2007 as a leader in the field of International Trade and Finance Law.  He was also included in The Law dragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2009. 

Ambassador Wolff has co-authored books and published numerous papers on trade and U.S. trade law.  Ambassador Wolff received his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University and an A. B. from Harvard College. 

Admitted to Practice

District of Columbia; Massachusetts; New York
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia; Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Court of International Trade; and the United States Supreme Court




  US-EU Cooperation in Competition Policy in Asia: Trade Policy at the Newest Frontier, Working Paper 115 - Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, University of California Berkeley, co-author (1998).

  Partners or Competitors? The Prospects for U.S. -European Cooperation on Asian Trade, Chapter V - Trust Busting in Asia: Trade Policy at the Newest Frontier, co-author (1998).

  Goals and Challenges for U.S. Trade Policy, in Trade Stratcgie9 for a New Era, Council on Foreign Relations, Monterey Institute of International Studies (1998).

In the Hands of the WTO, The Washington Post, January 16, 1998.

  International Friction and Cooperation in High-Technology Development and Trade, Co­Chairman of the Project Steering Committee, Papers and Proceedings Eased on a Conference held in Washington, D.C. on 30-31 May 1995, Board on Science Technology and Economic Policy, National Research Council, National Academy Press (1997).

  Conflict and Cooperation in National Competition for High-Technology made, co-editor, National

  Research Council, National Academy Press (1996).

  "How the Uruguay Round Will Change the Practice of International Trade Law in the United States, “co-author, in The World Trade Organization: The Multilateral made Framework for the 21st Century and U.S. Implementing Legislation, edited by Terrence P. Stewart, American Bar Association (July 1996).

  “Managing the Trading System: The World Trade Organization and the Post Uruguay Round,” in Managing die World Economy: flfiy Years After Brenon Woods, edited by Peter B. Kenen, Institute for International Economics (September 1994).

  Fair Trade Fences Make Good Neighbors, International Trade Supplement of the Legal Times (June 20, 1994).

  Memorandum to the President-Elect: Harnessing Process to Purpose, Commission Member, The Commission on Government Renewal, Carnegie Endowment (1992).

  Conflict Among Nations: Trade Policies in the 199O~s, co-editor, Westview Press (1992).

  Steel and the State: Government Intervention and Steel’s Structural Crisis, co-author, Westview Press (1988).

      The Microelectronics Race. The Impact of Government Policy on International Competition, co­author, Westview Press (1988).

  International Competition in the Information Technologies; Foreign Government Intervention and the U. £ Response, Stanford Journal of International Law (1987).

  A Strategy for Maintaining Friendship Between the United States and Japan, Economic World (1986).

  The Case for a U. St-Canada Free Trade Agreement, Canada-United States Law Journal (1985).

  The Role of America’s Trade Policy in rAe International Competitiveness of American Industry,Harvard Business School Press (1984).

  The Need for New OAT)” Rules to Govern Safeguard Actions, Institute for International Economics, Washington. D.C. (1982).

  The larger Political and Economic Role of the Tokyo Round. Law and Policy in International Business, 12:1 (1980).

  The U.S. Mandate for Trade Negotiations, Virginia Journal of International Law 16:3 (1976).

  Evolution of the Executive-Legislative Relationshz~ in the Trade Act of 1974, Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies (1975).


  “The Positive Contribution of Antidumping to a Liberal World Trading System,” presented at the World Business Forum, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire (October 9, 1999).

  “The Escape Clause and Antidumping, A Case Study in Steel,” presented at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C. (July 19, 1999).

  “Unanswered Questions: The Place of Trade and Competition Policy In the “Seattle Round,” presented at the OECD Conference on Trade and Competition, Paris, France (June 30, 1999).

  “The Japan Problem. Solved? Notes from a close friend and battle-scarred critic of Japan,” prepared for the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute-Economic Strategy Institute Forum, Washington, D.C. (March 5, 1999).

  “Trade and Competition Policy: A Suggested U.S. Strategy7 Summary” co-author, submitted to the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee (ICPAC), Washington, D.C. (November 4, 1999) and to the 2nd Advisory Panel Meeting on the Future of U.S. Trade Policy, Economic Strategy Institute, Washington, D.C. (November 17, 1998).

  “Management of U.S.-Japanese Financial Trade Relations, “co-author, prepared for the Symposium on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century: An Agenda for Japan and the United States, Chatham, Massachusetts (July 17-19, 1998).

  “WTO Dispute Settlement and the Particular Problem of Trade and Competition Policy,” prepared for the conference on Dispute Resolution in the World Trade Organization, Washington, D.C. (June 24, 1998).

  “The Asian Question: Integration of East Asia into the World Economy,” presented at the UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA (April 15, 1998).

  "Reflections on WTO Dispute Settlement, presented at a Symposium on the First Three Years of the WTO Dispute Settlement System, 1995-1997, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington. D.C.; and at the American Bar Association Airlie House Seminar. Warrenton, VA (March26, 1998).

  “Trade and Competition Policy,” presented to the Economic Strategy Institute, Washington, D.C. (December 15, 1997).

  “CFR/MIIS Congressional Briefing,” prepared for the roundtable discussion of the new book Trade Strategies for a New Era: Ensuring U.S. Leadership in a Global Economy, Washington, D.C. (October21, 1997).

  “The Current U.S. Debate Over China Policy and China’s Accession into WTO,” presented at the Trilateral-Forum on China-U.S.-Japan Cooperation in Promoting Liberalization in Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region, Shanghai, China (May 6, 1.997).

  “Comments on Robert Lawrence’s Vision for the World Economy,” presented at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. (January 9, 1997).

  “A U.S. Vision of Liberalization of Trade and Investment,” presented at the Trilateral Forum (U.S-Japan-China), Tokyo, Japan (December 14, 1996).

  “Checking the Administration’s Compass: The 1997 Agenda for Trade in Agriculture,” presented to the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council, Baltimore, Maryland (November 22, 1996).

  “Conflict and Cooperation in National Competition for High-Technology Industry,” presented to the National Research Council, Washington, D.C. (October 17, 1996).

  “Beyond the Phaseout of Quota& Risks and Opportunities in the World Trading System for the Textile and Clothing Industries,” presented to the International Textile Manufacturers Federation, Washington, D.C. (September 23, 1996).

  “American and Korean Interests in the Emerging World Trading System,” presented to the U.S.- ­Korea High Technology Forum Seoul, Korea (November 16, 1995).

  “Your Role in International Trade7” presented to the Association of General Counsel, Santa Fe, New Mexico (October 12, 1995).

  “Transmogrifying Government: International Trade,” presented to the International Trade Forum of the National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, D.C. (May 26, 1993).

  “Toleration of Anticompetitive Practices by Foreign Governments: Can Section 301 Be an Effective Weapon?” presented to the International Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar, Washington, D.C. (May 16, 1995).

  “Role of the Antidumping Laws,” presented to the 1995 Annual Members’ Conference of the Steel Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C. (May 3, 1995).

  “Competition Policy: Setting the New Trade Agenda,” presented to the Washington International Trade Association, Washington, D.C. (April 25, 1995).

  “The Role of Congress in Defining America’s Trade Interests,” presented to a symposium for Members of Congress on “America’s Economic Future: Democracy, Trade and Globalization,” Washington, D.C. (February 24, 1995).

  “On America’s National Commercial Interest,” presented to the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (January 12, 1995).

  “The Problems of Market Access in the Global Economy: Trade and Competition Policy,” presented to the OECD Market Access Roundtable, Paris, France (June 30, 1994).

  “Restrictive Private Practices in Japan and the U.S. Responses,” presented to the Japan Iron and Steel Importers’ Institute, Tokyo, Japan (June 7, 1994).

      A number of articles and papers presented by members of the Dewey Ballantine Trade Group are available on the internet at: or

      Testimony/Other Presentations

  Roundtable Discussion, Meeting of the 4th Annual Council of Counsels, American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, D.C. (October 13,1999).

  “Next Steps on Trade: Comments from the World’s Trade Policy Leaders,” introductory remarks prepared for the meeting of the 1999 International Trade & Economic Policy Forum, “The Crisis Continues:   Rethinking Globalization), Washington, D.C. (April 28, 1999).

  Symposium on “The Tokyo Round GATT Trade Negotiations,” Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. (October 5, 1998).

  Third Institute on Current Issues in International Trade and Investment, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the George Washington University, Washington. D.C. (May 14, 1998).

  Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area concerning “Key International Trade Issues Confronting the United States in Asia, Washington, D.C., (March31, 1998).

  “Dumping: Still a Problem in International Trade,” presentation at the Trade Policy Forum, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. (November 13, 1997).

  Presentation on U.S. trade policy toward Asia, meeting of the Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy, Washington, D.C. (May 24, 1996).

  “Tools and Leverage,” presented at the Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the WTO Dispute Settlement Review Commission Act (5. 16), Washington, D.C. (May 10, 1995).