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Raymond S. Calamaro
Partner, Washington, D.C.
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Ray Calamaro represents clients before government agencies and senior officials in Washington, Brussels, and other capitals. A founder of the firm's Global Policy Advocacy practice, he has received numerous awards and other recognitions, most recently the Martindale-Hubbell 2014, peer-rated "Preeminent," "Highest Possible" rating for legal ability and ethical standards in International Trade and Investment Law and Legislation and Political Law Compliance.

Profiled in a 1998 National Journal article as having "create[d] a…niche" practice and "operat[ing] globally...in a world economy inching toward an international regulatory system," Ray Calamaro has continued to develop that niche with countless achievements for clients in a broad range of business sectors. He was quoted in a 2013 front-page New York Times story on the international policy advocacy practices of major law firms. He has been the subject of articles in numerous publications in the U.S. and other countries for his work helping U.S. and non-U.S. clients solve problems by constructive engagement with government leaders.

A senior and prominent member of Hogan Lovells's Embassy and Government practice, Ray Calamaro has extensive experience representing foreign governments and governmental entities in Washington. His accomplishments have been widely recognized, including by the King of Sweden and by the late President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea, when he was the guest of honor at the Blue House in Seoul.

He has sustained an active and dynamic pro bono practice, mainly on behalf of U.S. Indian tribes and as an advocate for laws that better protect victims of child abuse and domestic violence. In 2014, the president of the New York State Bar Association bestowed on him the honorific designation "Empire State Counsel" for his pro bono work.

Since re-entering private practice after government service, Ray Calamaro has advised clients before executive branch agencies and departments, including the White House; the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, and Agriculture.

From 1990 until 1994, he practiced in Brussels, where he represented U.S., European, Latin American, and Asian clients, advising on pending matters before the European Commission, Parliament, and Council. He has continued to act as an advocate before these bodies for clients with interests in EU laws and policies.

He served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General for legislative affairs where he assisted the Attorney General on Congressional matters and represented the U.S. Department of Justice before Congress. Prior thereto, he was Legislative Director for a U.S. senator.

Ray Calamaro has held senior positions in two transition governments: Carter-Mondale in 1976-77 and Clinton-Gore in 1992-93. Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) in 1995, he headed the Washington, D.C. and Brussels offices of a major New York-based law firm.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Represents a U.S. manufacturing company before U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch in preserving its domestic preference in military contracts.
  • Regularly advises and represents foreign governments on legal, legislative, trade, and policy matters and on claims against the government and its nationals.
  • Represented major U.S. corporations and associations before authorities of the European Union on trade, competition, and environmental matters.
  • Acts as Washington, D.C. counsel to U.S. Indian tribes.


Hogan Lovells Publications
16 July 2007 "The EU REACH Regulation Explained." Environmental Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Published Works
01 April 2014 "Proposed Pact Could Improve US - EU Trade." April 2014 edition of Beyond Borders - the magazine for Supply Management

Autumn 2007 "Company Regulation - The Long Reach of "REACH" and What it Means for Your Business." Bloomberg European Business Law Journal, Vol. 1, Q3, 2007

PRACTICES
International Trade and Investment
Global Policy Advocacy
Legislation and Political Law Compliance
Latin America
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • International Trade and Policy Advocacy
  • Lobbying U.S. Executive Branch and Congress
  • Embassies and Sovereign Governments
  • European Union Institutions
  • Advocating on Behalf of Indian Tribes
EDUCATION
J.D., New York University School of Law, 1969 B.A., Cornell University, 1966
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Trustee, The Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., 2006-2010
  • U.S. Vice Chair, U.S.-Korea Committee on Business Cooperation, 1997-1999
  • Member, Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, D.C.
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Martindale-Hubbell 2014 "Preeminent" (5 out of 5) Rating - International Trade and Investment, and Legislation and Political Law Compliance
  • Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers, 2007-2008
  • Royal Order of the Polar Star, His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, 1989
  • Awarded the honorific designation "Empire State Counsel" for pro bono work during 2013, by the president of the New York State Bar Association
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS District of Columbia New York
LANGUAGES English French