ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Geoffrey M. Goodale, Trade Law Advisors, PLLC / Washington, DC
Geoffrey Goodale is the founder and Managing Partner of Trade Law Advisors, PLLC. His practice focuses on export controls, economic sanctions, cybersecurity, import compliance, intellectual property rights protection, international trade and investment, and designing strategies for maximizing benefits under free trade agreements (e.g., NAFTA and the CAFTA-DR). Among other things, he advises clients on import compliance matters, prepares ruling requests, protests, and prior disclosures that are submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and assists clients in preparing for and undergoing CBP audits (e.g., Focused Assessments and NAFTA Verification audits). Moreover, he has represented both U.S. and foreign companies in antidumping and countervailing duty cases and Section 201 and Section 337 proceedings. He speaks regularly on international trade issues at conferences and seminars, and he is a co-author of several chapters in the American Bar Association’s second edition of U.S. Customs: A Practitioner’s Guide to Principles, Processes and Procedures, which was published in March 2016. Mr. Goodale is a Court-appointed member of the U.S. Court of International Trade Advisory Committee on Rules, and he is the Immediate Past Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s International Practice Section.
Melissa S. Gorsline, Jones Day / Washington, DC
Melissa Gorsline has a wide variety of experience in international commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on public international law, treaty-based international investment arbitration, and quasi-criminal claims. She played an integral role in some of the earliest international investment arbitrations brought pursuant to Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and she has experience arbitrating complex matters before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the American Arbitration Association, and ad hoc tribunals constituted under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law arbitration rules. Ms. Gorsline has been involved in complex international and multijurisdictional matters before federal and state courts, and has practiced before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. In connection with these matters, she has addressed issues unique to representing non-U.S. corporations in the courts of the United States and U.S. corporations with respect to legal matters abroad. She currently serves as Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s International Practice Section.
Antwaun Griffin, U.S. Department of Commerce / Washington, DC
Antwaun Griffin has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) since May 2012. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Commercial Service’s network of 108 U.S. Export Assistance Centers, whose trade specialists work closely with U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide to help American businesses develop or fine-tune their global growth strategies. Mr. Griffin also plays a key role in shaping the Obama Administration’s trade promotion and economic policy, helping U.S. businesses increase exports, expand into new markets, and compete globally. In this capacity, he plans and conducts strategic outreach to public and private sector organizations and stakeholders, enhancing awareness of exporting and inward investment as economic development tools.
John M. Huddle, The Global Law Group, PLC / Richmond
John Huddle has been engaged in an international transactions practice on behalf of a diverse
group of U.S. and foreign clients for 32 years, and he is the founder of Global Law Group, PLC. He regularly serves as lead counsel in transnational sales, licensing, distribution transactions, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, export regulatory compliance matters, foreign and domestic trademark registrations and portfolio management, and U.S. export tax incentive programs. He is a frequent speaker at CLE, international trade, and other business law conferences. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Mr. Huddle to the U.S. District Export Council in 2003 and as its Chair from 2005–2009. He currently serves as Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Business Law Section, and he is a former Chair and current Vice-Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s International Practice Section.
Probir Mehta, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative / Washington, DC
Probir Mehta serves as Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property & Innovation in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which is part of the Executive Office of the President, and is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries on those issues. In his current position, Mr. Mehta engages in bilateral negotiations with numerous trading partners on a wide variety of intellectual property and innovation issues. He has served as lead IP negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and assists in developing and implementing United States trade policy on intellectual property rights (IPR). Previously, Mr. Mehta was Associate General Counsel at USTR and provided legal advice to the agency on a wide range of trade policy matters, including IPR, technical barriers to trade, preference programs, and labor. He also represented the United States in litigation before the World Trade Organization and served as legal counsel to the United States during negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Mr. Mehta holds a J.D. from the George Washington Law School, an MSc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.