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Robert T. Novick

Partner

Co-Managing Partner

Novick, Robert T.

Robert Novick is one of the firm’s co-managing partners, and also serves on the Management Committee. His practice focuses on assisting companies and associations to develop and implement market access, government relations, legislative and litigation strategies to secure and preserve export, investment or commercial opportunities throughout the world. Mr. Novick represents clients doing business globally in international investment, trade policy, negotiation, regulatory, government affairs, legislative and dispute resolution matters. 

Mr. Novick joined WilmerHale after serving as Counselor and then General Counsel in the Office of the US Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, from 1997 to 2001. As General Counsel, Mr. Novick was responsible for establishing and implementing the Administration's litigation priorities, strategy and settlement positions in WTO and NAFTA dispute resolution, as well as under bilateral agreements, and had responsibility for the Administration's legal positions with respect to all trade matters.

He also led negotiations on various legal and policy issues. He was a principal negotiator of the US-China WTO market-opening agreement and oversaw US participation in the multilateral negotiations on China's accession to the WTO. He served as USTR's representative to the 19-person Congressionally-established Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.

Before entering public service, Mr. Novick was a partner in a Washington, DC firm, where his practice concentrated on trade policy and trade litigation matters, including matters related to the various import relief laws, customs and international arbitration.

Practice

Mr. Novick's practice at WilmerHale focuses on assisting companies and associations to develop and implement market access, government relations, legislative and litigation strategies to secure and preserve export, investment or commercial opportunities throughout the world.

Recent issues have focused on negotiations of the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the relationship between global climate change initiatives and international trade rules and internet censorship.

Recent representations are in the aerospace, agriculture, hi-tech, consumer goods, energy, pharmaceutical and services sectors, including for clients like Amgen, The Boeing Company, Cisco Systems, ExxonMobil, Google, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the Personal Care Products Council and PhRMA. His dispute resolution practice, particularly before the WTO, complements strategies to remove trade and regulatory impediments. Recent dispute resolution matters include representing Boeing in connection with the WTO dispute settlements cases concerning aircraft subsidies and ITI in connection with the EU's failure to abide by its Information Technology Agreement commitments.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame list in 2017
  • Selected by Washingtonian magazine as one of the "Top Lawyers" in Washington DC in 2009, 2011 and 2013
  • Listed as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of Litigation: International Trade in the 2009-2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States
  • Listed as a leader in the field of international trade law in the 2006-2017 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business  
  • Recognized as a leader in international trade: trade remedies & trade policy in the 2005-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business  
  • Selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of international trade and finance law for 2004, 2005, 2008-2018 
  • Named to the 2014-2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers lists for his international trade practice
  • Recognized as a leader in the trade practice in the 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2015 editions of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers  
  • Listed in the 2005 edition of International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers  
  • Listed in the 2004-2005, 2012 and 2014 editions of International Who's Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers

Publications & News

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August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 10, 2017

WilmerHale Team Offers Pro Bono Support at Detention Center

Volunteers from the Washington DC office traveled to the Farmville Detention Center in rural Virginia to meet with detainees awaiting deportation proceedings.

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.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 24, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Legal 500 US Hall of Fame

Charlene Barshefsky, Reed Freeman, Robert Finkel, Robert Novick, Seth Waxman and William Lee are the six WilmerHale partners who have been selected for inclusion in the inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame.

March 21, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in its 2017 edition.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

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.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 23, 2016

Chambers Global 2016 Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in its 2016 edition. Additionally, the firm is ranked in 15 practice areas that span five regions.

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Education

JD, American University, Washington College of Law, 1983, Executive Editor, American University Law Review

BA, Bucknell University, 1980

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Government Experience

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