Mark S. McConnell

Mark S. McConnell

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Email mark.mcconnell@​

Phone +1 202 637 5796

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Mark McConnell represents businesses and governments in international trade and investment disputes and policy matters.

Mark is considered one of the leading international trade litigators in the United States, having led legal teams in high-profile government-to-government disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), in major actions before the agencies and courts of the United States, and in major disputes before Chinese government agencies.

In addition to trade and investment disputes, Mark has significant experience in public policy coalitions. He helped to create and advise the Coalition of American Steel-Using Manufacturers, which lobbied successfully for the termination of voluntary restraint agreements in steel; advised the Business Coalition for U.S.-China Trade, which successfully advocated normalization of U.S. trade with China; advised USA*Engage, a coalition of leading U.S. businesses and associations seeking to limit the use of U.S. unilateral economic sanctions; and advises the Diesel Technology Forum, an association of leading diesel manufacturers, refiners, and suppliers that promotes technological improvement to reduce engine emissions.

Since joining the firm in 1979, Mark has remained active in political affairs. He took a leave of absence in 1980 to serve on President-elect Reagan's presidential-transition team and in 1988 served in Sen. Robert J. Dole's presidential campaign. From 2000-2001, Mark served President-elect George W. Bush as a member of the Transition Advisory Committee for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Awards and recognitions


International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (Nationwide), Senior Statesman
Chambers USA


International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (Nationwide)
Chambers USA


International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (USA), Senior Statesperson
Chambers Global


International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (USA)
Chambers Global


Dispute Resolution: International Trade, Hall of Fame
Legal 500 US


Dispute Resolution: International Trade, Leading Lawyer
Legal 500 US


Trade and Customs
Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers


International Trade and Finance Law
The Best Lawyers in America


International Trade
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


International Trade MVP

Education and admissions


J.D., Stanford Law School, 1979

M.B.A., Stanford University, 1979

B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1975

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Representative experience

Led the successful defense of the U.S. Grains Council in the Chinese anti-dumping investigation of Distillers' Dried Grains from the U.S., which was terminated without the imposition of duties.

Represented a Fortune 25 company with respect to policy developments under Section 337 (IP litigation) of the U.S. Tariff Act.

Represented Ontario, Canada in three arbitration proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arising under the Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the U.S.

Represented the Ministry of Commerce of the government of China in the U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of solar cells from China and oil country tubular goods from China.

Represented the Ford Motor Company in securing the sunset termination of U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on hot rolled steel.

Represented the Ford Motor Company in the Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of automobiles from the United States.

Represented a principal government party before a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel in WTO DS-362.

Led effort by Daimler, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota that terminated anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on corrosion-resistant steel from Australia, Canada, France, and Japan.

Successfully defended Canadian swine producers in anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations.

Successfully obtained an exclusion order in the Certain Integrated Circuits Section 337 investigation.

Successfully defended the Canadian greenhouse tomato industry in an anti-dumping investigation.

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