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Timothy J. Keeler


Attorney, Mayer Brown LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S.E., Tulane; J.D., George Mason

Professor Keeler is a practicing attorney with the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP. He represents clients on international trade and investment regulatory and trade...

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Professor Keeler is a practicing attorney with the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP. He represents clients on international trade and investment regulatory and trade matters. He also assists client with overseas market access challenges, and advocates to the U.S. government. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from 2006 – 2009, where he oversaw implementation of US policy, strategy and negotiations involving all aspects of international trade matters. During that time, he worked on a number of key issues including: climate change and trade; US and China relations; World Trade Organization negotiations and litigation; free trade agreement negotiations and implementation; and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. In 2001, Tim joined the US Treasury Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs, advising members of Congress and staff on Administration positions as Deputy to the Assistant Secretary. These included capital market sanctions, foreign exchange rate policy testimony, appropriations for US agreements to replenish the Multilateral Development Banks, and multilateral debt relief. In 2002, Tim began managing the Office of Legislative Affairs and advising on all personnel, policy, and legal issues. Tim has also served on the Presidential Transition Team in 2000–2001 as a policy coordinator for the Commerce Department’s (then named) Bureau of Export Administration and the International Trade Commission. Earlier in his career, he served as a professional staff member for international trade on the US Senate Committee on Finance, working on permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with China, preferential trade programs for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean basin, and the miscellaneous tariff bill. In recognition of his government service, he was awarded the USTR Distinguished Service Award, the Treasury Distinguished Service Award, and the Treasury Secretary’s Honor Award twice.

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