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Clayton Yeutter
Senior Advisor, Washington, D.C.
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Ambassador Clayton Yeutter is a senior advisor to the international trade and investment and the food and agriculture practices. He came to the firm in 1993, after having served in cabinet and sub-cabinet posts under four U.S. Presidents.

Ambassador Yeutter served as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from 1985-88, and while there led the American team in negotiating the historic U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement, the precursor to the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also helped launch the most ambitious trade negotiation in history, the 100-nation Uruguay Round, which culminated in the creation of the World Trade Organization.

While USTR, Ambassador Yeutter broadened the U.S. trade agenda to encompass for the first time serious global negotiations in services, intellectual property, and agriculture.

In 1989 Ambassador Yeutter was named Secretary of Agriculture. In that post he steered the 1990 Farm Bill through Congress, laying the groundwork for a far more market-oriented policy structure in American agriculture. In 1991 he was elected Republican National Committee Chairman, and a year later President Bush persuaded him to return to the administration in a Cabinet-level post as Counselor to the President.

From 1978-85 Ambassador Yeutter served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. His tenure there was marked by innovation and growth which contributed to its evolution into one of the largest financial institutions in the world.

Earlier in his career, Ambassador Yeutter held two Assistant Secretary of Agriculture posts under President Nixon and then served as Deputy Special Trade Representative under President Ford. He had previously been the Director of one of the world’s largest agriculture technical assistance programs in Colombia, South America, after having served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Nebraska.

Ambassador Yeutter presently serves as a Director of several major corporations, all of which are deeply involved in international commerce or international finance. He also is a frequent speaker and has written scores of articles and op eds, primarily on trade policy and agricultural policy.

Major client activities include working with:
  • The U.S. poultry industry on a myriad of export issues, including market access challenges in Russia.
  • A large New Zealand dairy cooperative, on market access issues, particularly in Europe and the United States, and in its interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
  • A coalition of agricultural groups, in developing the rationale and building support for immigration reform.
  • A large food industry trade association, on a number of food safety, farm policy, and trade policy matters.
  • A manufacturer of animal health products, on regulatory impediments in foreign countries and on veterinary drug standards in Codex Alimentarius.
  • One of the nation’s foremost conservation/environmental protection organizations, in developing a farm bill legislative strategy.
  • An association of Colombian agricultural producers, counseling them on various trade policy issues during negotiation of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
  • An association of Colombian rice producers, counseling them on implementation of the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. 
  • A U.S. company involved in a major commercial development in China, as it seeks to generate interest in and financial support for that project.
  • A Central American industry, in correcting a significant error by its own government during the CAFTA negotiations.
  • An innovative U.S. health care firm, as it begins to confront the regulatory requirements of various nations in which it hopes to market a new angiogenesis product.
  • A major agricultural trade association in a successful effort to avoid the imposition by China of antidumping duties. 

16 July 2012
Presenter, “Is this Farm Boom Different? Reflections of the Past.” Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri

18 June 2012
Presenter, “TPP and U.S.-Japan Relations: the Impact of Japan’s Participation.” Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan,

15 September 2008
Presenter, “The Future of American Trade Policy.”  Senate Committee on Finance, Washington, D.C.

Presenter, “The Doha Round – Salvageable?  Or a Lost Cause?” Columbia University, New York, New York

14 September 2006
Presenter, “U.S. Agricultural Policy.”  Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities & Risk Management, House Committee on Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

30 November 2005
Presenter, “U.S. Farm Policy – At a Crossroads?”  University of Minnesota, inaugural Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy, Twin Cities, Minnesota

16 June 2004
Presenter, “The Doha Round: Comin’ Alive?”  Asian Development Bank, Tokyo, Japan

8 September 2003
Presenter, “Cancun – The Heavy Lifting Lies Ahead.”  Cordell Hull Institute Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

8 February 2000
Presenter, “The WTO: Where Do We Go From Here?”  Subcommittee on Trade, House Ways & Means Committee, Washington, D.C.

Hogan Lovells Publications
21 January 2014 "Significant Legislation Granting Presidential Trade Negotiating Authority Introduced." International Trade Alert, Hogan Lovells

Published Works
15 April 2013 "Harmonization of Data Privacy in U.S.-EU Trade Talks."

07 November 2011 "Midlands Voices: Ag-aid Redesign is Just Ahead." Omaha World-Herald

19 October 2011 "A Farm Safety Net." The New York Times

13 October 2011 "Reform the Farm Bill, Agricultural Regulation at the Same Time." The Hill

December 2010 "The Trans Pacific Partnership - with Japan, or without Japan." Law360, Portfolio Media, Inc.

23 November 2010 "Japan at a Trade Crossroads." The Wall Street Journal Asia

November 2010 "Japan at a Trade Crossroads.", Asian Wall Street Journal

October 2010 "Regulation should Protect our Environmental Interests - not Special Interests.", San Jose (Cal.) Mercury

October 2010 "Regulation should protect our Environmental Interests – not Special Interests." San Jose Mercury News

14 July 2010 "KORUS – Are there Shortcomings? Let’s Fix Them." Law360, Portfolio Media, Inc.

14 July 2010 "KORUS--Are There Shortcomings? Let's Fix Them." Law360, Portfolio Media, Inc.

06 August 2007 "Mr. President: Void that Exclusion." Forbes

15 December 2005 "A Doha Trade Deal Can Be Struck Beyond Hong Kong." London Financial Times

January 2004 "When Can Free Trade Become a Reality." Top Producer Magazine, Farm Journal, Inc.

January 2004 "How to Manage Trade in a New World Order." The Journal of Commerce

01 January 1999 "The Modern Biotechnology Revolution: Will Developing Countries Participate?" New Partnerships for Prosperity - ISAAA Biennial Report 1997-1999,

June 1998 "Food Security – Broadly Defined." Council for Agricultural Science & Technology

23 April 1997 "No, Bring Beijing In Before It’s Too Late." The Wall Street Journal Asia

May 1995 "A NAFTA for Europe." The Wall Street Journal

International Trade and Investment
Food and Agriculture
  • Trade Policymaking - Domestic and International
  • Trade Proceedings - Consultation, Strategy, and Tactics
  • Legislative Strategies for Trade and Agricultural Issues
Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1966 J.D., Order of the Coif, cum laude, University of Nebraska College of Law, 1963 B.S., with high distinction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1952
  • Legal 500 US, International Trade, 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America, International Trade and Finance Law, 2007-2014
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Trade and Customs, 2011    
  • Numerous national awards from groups involved in international trade and agricultural policy and many others, including eight honorary doctorate degrees.
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS District of Columbia Nebraska