Michael Kantor: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Michael Kantor

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 263 3295

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Practice Areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Banking & Finance
  • Emerging Markets
  • Congressional Investigations & Crisis Management
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Government Relations
  • International Trade
  • World Trade Organization
  • Latin America
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Sports
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 263 3295
Fax: 202 263 5295
University Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1961
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1968
Admitted1968, Florida; 1972, District of Columbia; 1974, California


Chair of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (present)

Vision to Learn, Board Member (present)

U.S.-China Clean Tech Center, Honorable Advisory Committee Member (present)

Member of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee (present)

Board of Advisors of Drug Strategies (present)

L.A. Commission of Economy and Jobs (present)

Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Founder (present)

Board of Visitors for Georgetown University Law Center, Member

Board of Councilors, Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California

Los Angeles Civic Alliance

Christopher Commission, Member (1991)

Center for Law in the Public Interest, Board Member (1989-1992)

California Commission on Campaign Financing, Board Member (1990-1992)

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Board Member (1988-1990)

United States Secretary of Commerce (1996-1997)

United States Trade Representative (1993-1996)

Clinton/Gore '92 Campaign, National Chair (1991-1992)

District of Columbia Bar Association

California Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

Board of Directors for CB Richard Ellis (present)

US Advisory Board, ING Americas (present)

Member, Board of Directors for G-24 Innovations

International Advisory Board, Fleishman-Hillard

Member of Huawei USA Advisory Board (present)

Member of the Chairman's Advisory Group of the National Center for APEC (present)

Council on Foreign Relations, Member (present)

Board member of Pacific Council on Leadership and Policy (present)

International Commercial Diplomacy Project, Trustee

American Bar Association

Transitional Board of Directors, Member (1992)

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Board Member (1980-1990)

American Bar Association Special Committee on Crime Prevention and Control (1971)

Legal Services Corporation, Board Member (1978-1981)

White House Conference on Children 6 (National Legal Aid and Defender Association)

United States Naval Officer (1961-1965)


arguably the finest trade negotiator in the world and a terrific resource for the firm.

Chambers Global 2006

Mickey Kantor concentrates his practice on corporate and financial international transactions. He has extensive experience in market access issues, as well as the expansion of client activities in foreign markets through trade, direct investment, joint ventures, and strategic business alliances.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mickey was the United States Secretary of Commerce (1996-1997) and the United States Trade Representative (1993-1996). He has been called arguably the finest trade negotiator in the world (Chambers Global 2006) and is said to be blessed with fantastic political insights and connections (Chambers USA 2007). He was recently recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - Trade & Customs 2009. Among the many awards and honors he has received are the following: the Civic Medal of Honor by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Order of the Southern Cross Award by The Government of Brazil, 2001, the William O. Douglas Award by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Center for the Study of the Presidency, the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award from the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation, and Elihu Root Distinguished Lecturer, Council on Foreign Relations.


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Michael Kantor

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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