Benjamin (Ben) O. Kostrzewa advises clients on international trade and related regulatory matters. This includes matters before the World Trade Organization dispute settlement body, subsidy allegations, import proceedings, market access issues, and free trade agreements, countervailing duty proceedings, local content requirements and export restraints.
Prior to joining McDermott, Ben was assistant general counsel at the Office of the US Trade Representative, where he represented the United States at the World Trade Organization in dispute settlement matters, and provided legal guidance and policy analysis on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Cuba normalization efforts, WTO accessions, matters related to the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Haiti and the US preference programs in the Caribbean and Africa. Ben also has experience assisting US companies with resolving disputes with the Chinese government.
Ben received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law, where he was executive articles editor of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal. Prior to attending law school, Ben received a full academic scholarship from the Chinese Embassy to study advanced Chinese language and Chinese law at Peking University, and conducted field research on rule of law issues in rural China.