John Herrmann is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Mr. Herrmann returned to the firm's International Trade and Customs practice in May 2009, following five years of service in the administration of President George W. Bush, including three and a half years at the White House on the National Security Council staff. Mr. Herrmann most recently served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Trade, Energy, and Environment. Inthat position, he was responsible for advising the President on international trade and investment issues, as well as international aspects of energy and environmental policy.
During his time at the White House, Mr. Herrmann’s work on key issues included: the WTO Doha Round negotiations; efforts to conclude and secure Congressional approval of free trade agreements; overseeing activities of the President’s Interagency Working Group on Import Safety; representing the National Security Council at meetings of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); export control and sanctions issues; preparing for meetings of the cabinet-level U.S.-E.U. Transatlantic Economic Council, the U.S.-India Economic Dialogue and CEO Forum, and the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue; and preparing for the November 2008 G-20 financial summit. Mr. Herrmann was also one of a handful of senior National Security Council staff asked to carry-over with the administration of President Barack H. Obama to assist on transition activities.
From 2004-05, Mr. Herrmann served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that capacity, he advised the Assistant Secretary on issues raised in antidumping, countervailing duty and textile-related proceedings and policy matters before the agency.
Mr. Herrmann served as a law clerk to former Chief Judge Gregory W. Carman at the U.S. Court of International Trade from 1996-98. He began his career at the White House, serving from 1991-93 as the executive assistant to the Assistant to the President for Economic and Domestic Policy.
He earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Mr. Herrmann is the co-author of Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 28-5th, Foreign Unfair Competition: Practice and Procedure.
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