Dean A. Pinkert focuses his practice on regulatory matters, particularly trade remedies and trade policy, including antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard actions, international intellectual property matters, trade agreements and tariffs. He also focuses on digital trade, renewable energy, sanctions and export controls.
Dean is a former commissioner of the US International Trade Commission, nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate in 2007. He was designated vice chairman by President Obama in 2014. During his time as commissioner, Dean was involved in numerous antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard investigations including the special safeguard investigation of passenger tires that resulted in import relief for the domestic tire industry and was upheld by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Dean also participated in the record number of final determinations in Section 337 investigations issued during his time on the Commission. Notably, he dissented in an electronic devices case that went to the president of the United States for policy review. The president, relying on many of the factors cited in the dissent, overruled the Commission for the first time since 1987. Dean also contributed to the issuance of many economic studies, including a study of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Before his appointment, Dean was a senior attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the Commerce Department. He was the Commerce Department liaison with US Customs and Border Protection, counsel to the Foreign Trade Zone program, advisor to the US Trade Representative and litigation counsel in antidumping and countervailing duty matters. He argued trade remedy cases before North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and WTO panels. Dean also served as trade and judiciary counsel to Senator Robert C. Byrd.
Represented three Japanese producers, Daido Steel Co. Ltd., Aichi Steel Corp., and Sanyo Special Steel Co., during the US International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) fourth sunset review of the antidumping duty orders against Stainless Steel Bar from Brazil, India, Japan, and Spain*
Represented the Solar Energy Industries Association in Section 201 global safeguard mid-term review of trade remedies against solar cells and modules*
Represented a coalition of US importers in the ITC’s antidumping and countervailing duty injury investigation of Wooden Cabinets and Vanities from China*
*Matter handled prior to joining McDermott.
The Legal 500 United States, Trade Remedies, 2018 to 2019
Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2018
National Association of Corporate Directors, Board Advisory Services, faculty member, 2020
Education London School of Economics & Political Science, LLM, Merit, 1989 University of Texas at Austin, JD, Honors, 1983 Oberlin College, BA, High Honors (Phi Beta Kappa), 1978
Admissions District of Columbia
Courts/Agencies US Court of International Trade US Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission
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