John Herrmann is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Herrmann returned to Kelley Drye’s International Trade and Customs practice in May 2009, following five years of service in the administration of President George W. Bush, including three and a half years at the White House on the National Security Council staff. Mr. Herrmann most recently served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Trade, Energy, and Environment. In that position, he was responsible for advising the President on international trade and investment issues, as well as international aspects of energy and environmental policy.
During his time at the White House, Mr. Herrmann’s work on key issues included: the WTO Doha Round negotiations; efforts to conclude and secure Congressional approval of free trade agreements; overseeing activities of the President’s Interagency Working Group on Import Safety; representing the National Security Council at meetings of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); export control and sanctions issues; preparing for meetings of the cabinet-level U.S.-E.U. Transatlantic Economic Council, the U.S.-India Economic Dialogue and CEO Forum, and the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue; and preparing for the November 2008 G-20 financial summit. Mr. Herrmann was also one of a handful of senior National Security Council staff asked to carry-over with the administration of President Barack H. Obama to assist on transition activities.
From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Herrmann served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that capacity, he advised the Assistant Secretary on issues raised in antidumping, countervailing duty and textile-related proceedings and policy matters before the agency.
Mr. Herrmann also served as a law clerk to former Chief Judge Gregory W. Carman at the United States Court of International Trade from 1996 to 1998, as well as a legal intern to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission in 1995. Mr. Herrmann began his career at the White House, serving from 1991 to 1993 as the executive assistant to the Assistant to the President for Economic and Domestic Policy.
Mr. Herrmann is experienced in representing clients before all relevant U.S. trade agencies. His prior work includes representation of U.S. producers of steel and agricultural products in successful antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. Mr. Herrmann is experienced in litigation arising from antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, as well as customs-related issues such as classification, duty drawback and civil penalty proceedings.
Mr. Herrmann is also experienced in representing clients on export control-related matters before the Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security. He has experience in advising clients on the preparation and implementation of internal compliance procedures and policies, as well as in advising clients on export licensing and classification issues.
Memberships & Associations
American Bar Association, International Law Section
Customs and International Trade Bar Association
Honors & Awards
Recognized as a leading attorney in International practice area by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2013-2015.
Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the International Trade area, 2010 and 2013-2014.