SCOTT D. ANDERSEN’s practice focuses on the use of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules to resolve international trade disputes. He works closely with key WTO member governments, leading companies and trade associations on a wide variety of trade disputes, including agricultural and industrial actionable and prohibited subsidies, anti-dumping and other trade remedy measures, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, technical regulations and standards, and various forms of trade discrimination.
In 2012, Scott co-founded and now manages Sidley’s innovative Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program which provides free legal advice to small- and mid-sized agricultural enterprises and NGOs providing assistance to the poorest farmers. The program has expanded rapidly with more than 270 Sidley lawyers providing free legal services to over 65 clients in 24 countries.
Scott features prominently in the international trade and WTO rankings of the leading bar publications such as Chambers, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal. Most recently, in Chambers Europe 2018, clients have called him a “very strategic thinker with extensive WTO experience who is creative in the way he operates and, at the same time, very available.” He is recognized in The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 as a Leading Individual and sources commented that he has “deep knowledge of WTO law and is very familiar with the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.” In Chambers Europe 2017, “the very well-known Scott Andersen is praised by interviewees for his experience.” Previously sources have commented that Scott “knows the system so well and makes quick decisions because of his many years of experience” (Chambers Europe 2016). He also has been recognized as one of the most highly regarded practitioners in Who’s Who Legal 2018 for Trade & Customs and Who’s Who Legal 2016 Switzerland. Sources from this publication have praised Scott for his “impressive practice” and for providing “the highest-quality advice” to his clients. Scott has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in Switzerland and is recognized again in the 2020 edition.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- District of Columbia
- American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1979 (Law Review)
- Syracuse University, B.A., 1975 (magna cum laude)
- John R. Hess, District of Columbia Superior Court (1979 - 1980)