Carolyn B. Gleason heads the Firm's Global Regulatory Practice Group and International Trade Practice and is co-chair of the Firm's Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Industry Group.
Carolyn has in-depth knowledge of dispute settlement proceedings under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and World Trade Organization (WTO), and has served as government counsel and chief private sector counsel in numerous successful dispute settlement actions. She has been appointed member for the president's US Agricultural Private Sector Advisory Committee since 1994, advising the US government on US trade initiatives and objectives.
In the private sector, Carolyn counsels in multilateral trade negotiations, free trade areas and bilateral trade disputes. She has extensive experience in all areas of trade relief, including US anti-dumping and countervailing duty procedures, and on matters relating to the generalized system of preferences and customs issues.
Carolyn counsels clients in key international food safety and phytosanitary disputes such as red dye, benzoic acid, sulphites, carmine, seed weevil, codding moth, golden nematode, medfly and Mexican fruit fly. She is a client advocate in the US export assistance programs, including Market Access Program (MAP), Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program, General Sales Manager program (GSM), Cochran Fellowship Program, Section 108, Emerging Markets Program, P.L. 480 and Voluntary Visitors Program. She also has experience as a testifying panelist before the US Congress regarding the multilateral trade system and trade legislation.
Carolyn has received, by invitation, a degree from the Japanese Business Study Program from the Institute of International Studies and Training in Japan.