David J. Ross


Ross, David J.

David Ross’s practice draws on his extensive experience in trade negotiation and international dispute settlement to assist clients in the removal of market access barriers and other impediments to exporting goods and services and investing around the world. He also provides trade policy advice on a wide variety of matters, including US legislation, trade remedies and the negotiation of international agreements. Mr. Ross joined WilmerHale after spending four years as international trade counsel to the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee. 

While serving with the finance committee, Mr. Ross advised member, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Republican staff on trade and economic issues including services, intellectual property, investment, currency/exchange rates, climate, labor, trade adjustment assistance and World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement. Mr. Ross provided policy guidance on trade and economic matters involving trade with China, Europe and the Russian Federation, and he negotiated and drafted trade legislation on issues falling within the finance committee’s jurisdiction.

Before joining the finance committee, Mr. Ross spent eight years as associate general counsel in the Office of the US Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President (USTR), where he was responsible for legal matters involving services and financial services, subsidies, antidumping measures and safeguards. Mr. Ross served as lead counsel for the United States in numerous dispute settlement proceedings before the WTO, including the successful US challenges to EU subsidies for large civil aircraft and Mexican antidumping duties on imports of US rice. Mr. Ross also served as the chief US lawyer in the negotiation of the free trade agreement with Chile and as the services and financial services lawyer in free trade agreement negotiations with Australia, Morocco, Bahrain and Oman.

From 1993-1997, Mr. Ross was an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration, US Department of Commerce. Mr. Ross provided legal advice to the Import Administration (IA) on its regulatory responsibilities under the US trade remedy laws and defended IA determinations before US courts and NAFTA panels. He also was extensively involved in the negotiation and administration of the antidumping suspension agreements on uranium and honey.

In addition to his public service, Mr. Ross has worked as an associate in the international section of a Washington DC law firm. 

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Publications & News


April 3, 2018

USTR Releases Proposed List of Chinese Products to Be Subject to Section 301 Tariffs

On April 3, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of proposed products that may be subjected to additional tariffs of 25 percent ad valorem, in accordance with President Trump's March 22 Presidential Memorandum directing action pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

March 23, 2018

New Presidential Proclamations Amend Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports, Including Temporary Exemptions for Wider Group of Countries

Yesterday, President Trump issued new Proclamations regarding Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, amending the original Proclamations (9704 and 9705) issued on March 8.

March 23, 2018

President Trump Directs Action as a Result of USTR's Section 301 Investigation on China's Laws, Policies, Practices, or Actions Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

Yesterday, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum regarding China's technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation-related laws, policies, practices, and actions.

March 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Commerce Provides Further Guidance Regarding the Process for Submitting Exclusion Requests to the Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

The U.S. Department of Commerce has published an interim final rule establishing procedures by which organizations may submit requests for exclusions from the Section 232 tariffs.

March 9, 2018

President Trump Issues Proclamation Imposing Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

Yesterday President Trump signed two Proclamations that impose 25 and 10 percent tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminum products, respectively, other than those imported from Canada and Mexico.

March 6, 2018

President Trump Expected to Impose Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

President Trump stated on March 1 that his administration would impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports for an indefinite period.

January 2, 2018

WilmerHale Announces 2018 Partner Elevations

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

December 16, 2016

What to Expect From a Trump Administration Trade Policy: Revisiting NAFTA

In this alert, the authors discuss one of President-elect Trump's priority initiatives: the pledge to renegotiate, or withdraw from, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to get a better deal for US workers. This WilmerHale Client Alert was also published by Law360.

November 21, 2016

What to Expect From a Trump Administration Trade Policy

President-elect Donald Trump is promising major changes to US trade policy that, if implemented, will significantly impact US and foreign companies that compete in the global market, and that could particularly impact those that rely on cross-border supply chains. This WilmerHale Client Alert was also published by Law360.

Professional Activities

Mr. Ross is a Vice Chair of the DC Bar International Law Section International Trade Committee, and a member of the US Court of International Trade and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


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LLM, International and Comparative Law, Duke University School of Law, 1993

JD, Duke University School of Law, 1993, Staff Editor, Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law

BA, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989

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