Jared R. Wessel
Jared Wessel is a pioneer in handling critical matters involving international trade issues, international investment protections, public international law, and other treaty-based claims.
Jared has represented clients before U.S. federal agencies that regulate international trade matters, including the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission. As an attorney in trade law matters under U.S. and international law, Jared helps clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings and other trade-remedy proceedings, including dispute settlement before the World Trade Organization (WTO). He also advises clients regarding international economic policy matters, such as the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the intersection of international economic and environmental law.
From 2011 to 2015, Jared served in the General Counsel's Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). During that time, he personally argued two cases in front of the WTO Appellate Body, winning both. Jared also served as one of USTR's negotiators for the TTIP, as well as the Minamata Convention on Mercury. More generally, Jared provided legal and policy guidance on a range of issues, including environment, labor, energy, sanctions, trade secrets, and trade remedies.
Previously, Jared was an attorney at a major international law firm in Washington. He also served as an adviser to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Republic of Palau, in New York City, where he handled legal and national security matters. He also clerked for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Areas of Focus
Handled successful selection, preparation, litigation, and defense of WTO disputes through both the Panel and Appellate Body stages at USTR.
Served as USTR negotiator for bilateral trade discussions with China on market access as well as the labor and environment chapters of TTIP.
Advised the U.S. government in the first dispute brought under the labor chapter of a free trade agreement.
Successfully negotiated the trade provisions of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, allowing the United States to become a signatory.