Paul Rosenthal is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy practice group. Mr. Rosenthal is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and previously was managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Rosenthal has more than 35 years of experience in international trade and government relations matters and has assisted clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, and food and health care. He has appeared before all of the U.S. trade agencies and courts of jurisdiction. He also has represented clients in disputes involving the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as multilateral and bilateral negotiations.
Mr. Rosenthal’s government relations practice involves trade and non-trade issues before Congress and the Executive Branch. He also acts as general counsel or Washington counsel to several international and national trade associations.
Mr. Rosenthal previously served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs for over five years.
Mr. Rosenthal is well respected for his knowledge of both international trade issues and government relations, and often assists clients whose issues involve a combination of law, economics, politics and public relations. He serves as both a strategic advisor and hands-on advocate for his clients’ interests. His experience includes:
Served as lead counsel to brief or argue hundreds of cases before agencies and courts of jurisdiction.
Represented a wide variety of industrial and agricultural interests in multilateral negotiations including the Uruguay Round and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Doha Round negotiations, and current negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement, as well as legislation to implement various trade agreements.
Represents the worldwide chocolate and cocoa industry in connection with its efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in its supply chain.
Represented the U.S. auto industry in its dispute concerning access to the Japanese market.
Represented U.S. exporters of beef, pork, pasta and dairy products in successful General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)/WTO dispute settlement proceedings involving unfair subsidies, quotas and phytosanitary restrictions.
Represented numerous U.S. producers in successful antidumping and countervailing duty cases involving a range of products, including flat panel displays, forklift trucks, transfer presses, foundry products, a wide variety of steel products, polyester fiber, pork, pasta, garlic, honey, canned pineapples and indigo.
Represented the U.S. lamb, specialty steel and carbon steel industries in successful “escape clause” proceedings.
Represented the U.S. juice manufacturing industry in connection with the first pre-importation judicial review involving customs issues at the Court of International Trade.
Represented numerous food and industrial clients on customs issues, including valuation, drawback, marking and classification matters.
Represented chemical manufacturing clients in generalized system of preference (GSP) proceedings before the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.
Represented U.S. food exporters in trade cases in Mexico and South Africa.
Represented a large pharmaceutical company in connection with enforcing its rights under the WTO’s agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property.
Represented U.S. exporters in matters involving market access issues in Europe, Korea and China.
Government Relations and Public Policy
Represented clients in connection with Buy America requirements in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and other legislation.
Represented clients on major policy initiatives in the areas of appropriations, health care, agriculture, labor , trade and tax. Serves as general counsel to the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association and several other international and national trade associations and industry coalitions.
Memberships & Associations
Former member of the U.S. Court of International Trade Advisory Committee
Member, Practicing Law Institute
Honors & Awards
In 2016, Super Lawyers ranked Mr. Rosenthal as one of the top 100 lawyers in Washington, D.C.
Selected as one of Washingtonian Magazine's "Top Lawyers."
Ranked as one of the leading practitioners in the International Trade area by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500 US.
The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), International Trade and Finance Law.
Selected as a “Leading Lawyer in International Trade” by Legal Times.
Serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research.