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Jonathan T. Stoel

Washington, D.C.

Jonathan T. Stoel

Multinational companies facing international trade and other complex international disputes look for specific experience in the courtroom and in arbitration. So do investors enmeshed in investment disputes. Jonathan Stoel has the experience to support clients in these challenging circumstances.

A partner in the firm's International Trade and Investment and International Arbitration practices, Jonathan handles complex matters involving treaty-based claims, international investment protections, public international law, and international trade and customs issues. He also provides guidance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Jonathan helps clients in many industries, including the steel, pharmaceutical, energy, agriculture, and consumer products sectors. He represents claimant investors in investment arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and its additional facility, as well as in ad hoc arbitration under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Jonathan also develops strategies for clients to avoid protracted and costly investment dispute settlement proceedings.

Jonathan regularly represents companies in international trade administrative proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also litigates appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Jonathan has resolved international trade disputes through arbitration before panels constituted pursuant to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Jonathan provides customs law guidance to clients on classification, valuation, tariff preference, and other issues. He has first-chaired client defenses in customs regulatory audits, prior disclosures, and penalty and forfeiture proceedings.

Jonathan also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Thurgood Marshall Academy, a southeast Washington charter school, and as counsel to the Court-appointed Receiver for Options Public Charter School.

"[Jonathan's] practice runs the gamut from advising foreign governments in policy negotiations and international trade disputes to helping major companies challenge U.S. duties in the courts."


Representative Experience

Represent significant importer of car and light truck tires before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. International Trade Commission

Representing a multinational company in investor-state arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules

Serving as an advisor to the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC) with respect to the negotiation of the investment chapter of TTIP

Successfully represented the government of Japan before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to secure reversal of a preliminary injunction

Represented Nestle Waters North America in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in challenges to punitive tariffs on San Pellegrino

Represent Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) in the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Court of International Trade

Represented Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota before the International Trade Commission and in subsequent court appeals

Secured revocation by the U.S. International Trade Commission of antidumping duties imposed on U.S. imports of wire rod from Ukraine

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2001
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1996


  • Chair and Vice Chair, International Trade Committee, Federal Circuit Bar Association, 2008-2010, 2012-2013
  • Chair, Legislation Committee, Federal Circuit Bar Association, 2011

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade


International Trade

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


Rising Stars, International Trade

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


Top 10 Rising Stars Under 40, International Trade



Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Tahirih Justice Center


Board of Trustees, Thurgood Marshall Academy

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