RICHARD L.A. WEINER is a partner in Sidley’s Brussels and Washington, D.C. offices and a member of the firm’s International Trade and Arbitration group. He practices in the areas of EU and U.S. regulatory law, international trade and international arbitration and litigation.
Richard re-entered private practice after serving as in-house counselor on international trade to the European Commission. His practice encompasses issues of particular importance to clients doing business in the European Union and international firms doing business in the United States. Richard’s recent trade remedies experience includes matters in the United States, European Union, China, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, and Australia. He regularly counsels clients in connection with international trade and market access disputes, WTO litigation, international treaty negotiations, and EU and U.S. trade remedy proceedings. Richard has been engaged by governments and stakeholders to advise on WTO concerns in sectors such as steel, aircraft, aircraft engines, electronics, automobiles and clean technology products.
Richard has extensive litigation and arbitration experience, representing governments and companies in proceedings before the World Trade Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S., EU, and Asian administrative agencies, and other bodies. He successfully represented the European Union before the U.S. Supreme Court in the high-profile AMD v. Intel and Massachusetts/Burma litigations. He served as Chairman of International Dispute Resolution Associates, based in Washington, D.C., and was named an “Honorary Citizen of Mexico City” for devising a debt-for-environment swap for Mexico City, which was signed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Richard has represented Chinese companies in a broad variety of matters. He currently represents leading Chinese solar panel and solar cell makers in trade disputes in the United States, European Union, and India and has advised those firms, as well as the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CCCME) and others, on a variety of global trade, customs, and compliance issues.
Richard has written and lectured on international relations, international trade, EU competition law, telecommunications regulation and international environmental affairs. He has been named the 2013 Brussels Trade “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in Belgium 2013, and he features prominently in the EU and international trade rankings of other leading bar publications such as Chambers, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.