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Lauren Mandell

Lauren Mandell uses rare experience as a litigator, policy advisor and lead negotiator to help corporate and sovereign entities navigate US and international law related to international trade and investment. Mr. Mandell’s broad practice includes advice related to the negotiation and interpretation of international trade and investment agreements, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Mr. Mandell also specializes in resolving international trade and investment disputes using the World Trade Organization (WTO), investor-state dispute settlement, commercial arbitration and US courts. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Mandell served for six years in senior legal and policy roles in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) under the Obama and Trump administrations.

From 2016–2019, Mr. Mandell was the Deputy Assistant USTR for Investment, the agency’s lead for the negotiation, implementation and enforcement of US bilateral investment treaties and investment chapters of free trade agreements. In that role, Mr. Mandell served as the US lead negotiator of the investment chapter of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement; the US lead negotiator of the amended investment chapter of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement; the US lead negotiator in investment dialogues with Australia, Ecuador, Kenya, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom; and a US delegate in global forums such as UNCITRAL, ICSID, APEC and the OECD. On the implementation and enforcement side, Mr. Mandell served as the US lead in the first-ever government-to-government consultations regarding an investment dispute under a US free trade agreement. Mr. Mandell also played a substantial role in a wide range of other matters related to inbound and outbound foreign investment, including CFIUS reform and the Section 301 investigation of Chinese forced technology transfer. 

From 2013–2016, Mr. Mandell served as an attorney-advisor in USTR’s Office of the General Counsel, including two years as Chief Counsel for Negotiations, Legislation and Administrative Law. In that role, Mr. Mandell managed teams of attorneys across a range of subject matters, including investment, services, financial services, state-owned enterprises and competition law. In addition, Mr. Mandell served as the US lead counsel in the US-China bilateral investment treaty negotiations; the US lead counsel in the Trans-Pacific Partnership investment chapter and state-owned enterprises chapter negotiations; and the US lead counsel in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership investment chapter and state-owned enterprises chapter negotiations. Mr. Mandell also served as US lead counsel in a WTO case against China and played a substantial role in numerous investor-state dispute settlement cases in which the United States was a respondent or a participating third party. 

Prior to joining the US government, Mr. Mandell practiced law for six years at firms in Washington, New York and Hong Kong. Mr. Mandell also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in China.

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  • Education

    • JD & LLM, International and Comparative Law, Duke University School of Law, 2007

    • BA, History and Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2000

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

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