Irwin P. Altschuler

Shareholder; Chair, Global Trade & Investment Practice
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Global Trade & Investment
  • International Trade Commission's Section 337 Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.530.8501
Fax: 202.331.3101
University George Washington University, B.A., 1972
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1975
AdmittedDistrict of Columbia; Maryland (inactive); U.S. Court of International Trade; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional & Community Involvement

• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
• Member, Fundacion Pro Ninos de la Calle, I.A.P. (Mexican charity that provides training and job opportunities for Mexican street children)
• Member, Maryland State Bar Association

BornWashington, D.C., September 28, 1950

Irwin P. Altschuler began his career in 1975 with the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Treasury Department when those agencies were charged with enforcing unfair trade remedy laws of the United States. He advised senior Customs, Treasury and Justice Department officials on major antidumping cases, and spent substantial time in Japan investigating and resolving those disputes. Irwin also served as a liaison with a number of U.S. attorneys, prosecuting cases of fraud and other serious customs violations.

Since entering the private sector in 1980, Irwin has built a practice that retains its original focus on trade remedies litigation and enforcement proceedings and has grown to include trade policy matters and, increasingly, business issues arising from accessing and defending international markets. Irwin's practice has a strong focus on Mexico. During the past 30 years, he has represented some of Mexico's largest corporations and Mexican government entities, in international trade and other complex legal, policy and business matters.

Areas of Concentration

• Trade remedies
• Trade policy
• United States-Mexico relations
• International business and foreign investment issues

Awards & Recognition

• Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 2008 and 2010
• Listed, Chambers Global, 2008-2009
• Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2008
• Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.21.12 Greenberg Traurig's Global Trade & Investment Practice Launches 'East-West Trade Monitor' Blog
03.11.09 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized in 2009 Chambers Global Guide
01.10.08 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized in 2008 Chambers Global Guide
06.19.07 More Than 100 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Included in 2007-2008 Chambers & Partners USA Guide


06.25.15 President Obama Overcomes Domestic Political Obstacles to Advance Trade Agenda
08.06.08 Opportunity to Enlist U.S. Government's Help to Address Trade Barrier Problems in Foreign Markets -- Deadline is November 6

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

• Co-Author, President Obama Overcomes Domestic Political Obstacles to Advance Trade Agenda, GT Alert, June 25, 2015
• Lecturer, Aspects of U.S. Trade Law and NAFTA Provisions, University of Monterrey (Mexico) Law School, Mexico
• Lecturer, U.S. Patriot Act and Its Impact on Anti-Money Laundering Efforts, Mexican Bankers' Association
• Commentator, NAFTA at 10: Progress, Potential, and Precedents (Panel, NAFTA: Trade, Economic Integration, and Security) Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.

• Co-Author, The North American Free Trade Agreement: The Ongoing Liberalization of Trade With Mexico, 28 Wake Forest Law Review Number 1, Spring, 1993

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Litigated numerous antidumping and countervailing duty cases before the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission and their reviewing tribunals; the U.S. Court of International Trade; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and NAFTA Chapter 11 and 19 Dispute Panels. Counseled foreign governments and companies on litigation and related proceedings at the World Trade Organization. Appeared before the U.S. Trade Representative and other agencies on matters including Section 201 and 301 cases and tariff preference proceedings. Counseled a foreign government's agriculture department on a full range of bilateral and multinational regulatory, judicial and political issues arising from agricultural trade, and assisted in developing direct sales programs to United States mass retailers. Assisted in the defense of a Mexican bank subject to federal prosecution in connection with the Casablanca money laundering sting operation. Represented clients before Congress on issues including, most recently, proposed amendments to U.S. unfair trade laws, renewal of the Andean Trade Preferences Act, renewed Fast Track negotiating authority to the President, and the Farm Bill. Assisted a major multinational corporation with establishing operations in Mexico, providing business advice ranging from the selection of partners and distributors, and the likely impact of Mexican government and policy; Helped a major U.S. company resolve issues with regulators and partners in a South American nation.

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President Obama Overcomes Domestic Political Obstacles to Advance Trade Agenda
Irwin P. Altschuler,Joshua R. Sanderlin,Alan Slomowitz, June 29, 2015
Following the House’s lead, the Senate passed trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation late yesterday afternoon. Passage of this legislation - also known as fast-track authority - is a significant victory for President Obama’s trade agenda. In short, TPA provides the president with...

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Irwin P. Altschuler

2101 L St., N.W., Suite 1000
WashingtonDC 20037


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