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. 

Honors & Awards

Publications & News


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.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

January 16, 2015

United States Eases Cuban Embargo

January 6, 2015

US-China Trade and Investment: 2014 JCCT Yields Significant Market Access Commitments by China

The 25th US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)—an annual, high-level economic summit—took place December 16-17, 2014 in Chicago, with US and joint China-US “Fact Sheets” released afterwards listing China’s commitments

November 24, 2014

US and China Agree to Reduce Tariffs and Expand High-Tech Trade Through the Information Technology Agreement

The United States and China last week announced a breakthrough bilateral understanding regarding negotiations to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement.

January 7, 2014

WilmerHale’s Strategic Response Group Profiled in The Washington Post

October 4, 2013

Prospects for Further Market Access and Protections in China: US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Developments

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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District of Columbia

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