ANDREW SHOYER co-leads the firm’s Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy practice. Andy focuses on the implementation and enforcement of international trade and investment agreements. Andy also advises companies on compliance with sanctions administered by U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and export controls and anti-boycott rules administered by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), as well as proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Drawing on his experience at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and with the World Trade Organization (WTO), Andy advises companies, trade associations and governments on the use of WTO, NAFTA and other treaty-based trade and investment rules to open markets and resolve disputes. He works extensively with manufacturers and service providers on WTO compliance in Asia and on protection of intellectual property in bilateral and regional free trade negotiations.
Andy spent seven years at USTR, serving most recently as Legal Advisor in the U.S. Mission to the WTO in Geneva. He was the principal negotiator for the United States of the rules implementing the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding and has briefed and argued numerous WTO cases before dispute settlement panels and the WTO Appellate Body. Prior to his arrival in Geneva, Andy was Assistant General Counsel at USTR in Washington, D.C., where he served as principal legal counsel in the negotiation of the market access rules of the NAFTA, as well as the framework agreements with various Latin American countries. He also worked on numerous trade policy issues with Congress and the economic agencies of the Executive Branch.
Most recently, Andy has been advising clients on various aspects of the legal and policy implications of Brexit.
Andy is consistently ranked among the nation’s top International Trade lawyers by Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500, which highlighted Andy’s “nuanced and practical advice” on export controls and economic sanctions. Andy has been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA every year since 2013. The edition praised Andy as a “standout practitioner” who is highly esteemed by his peers for his proficiency in trade policy matters particularly in relation to the WTO and described him as “one of the best WTO lawyers there is.” Andy was recognized in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs as a “top WTO lawyer” who is particularly proficient in dispute settlement proceedings. Andy’s leadership in the international trade and dispute settlement arena is widely recognized. International Law Office has bestowed on Andy twice its Client Choice Award for client service in trade and customs law. Who’s Who Legal notes that Andy is “simply superb.” Andy has also been repeatedly listed as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500, and in 2017 was listed in the Hall of Fame. Andy is an adjunct professor in international trade and investment policy at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University.
Admissions & Certifications
- District of Columbia
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1986
- Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, M.S. in Foreign Service, 1986
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1981