Senior Advisor William A. Reinsch Recognized for Outstanding Leadership on Trade Issues
July 22, 2016

Kelley Drye Senior International Trade/Government Relations advisor William A. Reinsch received the Lighthouse Award from the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) at their annual awards dinner on July 14, 2016. The award recognizes “contributions made over the course of a career to trade policy, the understanding of global trade, or expanding the benefits of global trade.”

“All of us at Kelley Drye are truly proud that WITA has chosen to recognize Bill’s decades of work on U.S. international trade and public policy  issues,” said  Eric R. McClafferty, chair of Kelley Drye’s International Trade practice. “Global trade issues are a top priority for many of our clients, and we feel lucky to have Bill as a member of our international trade and government relations team.”

Mr. Reinsch has over four decades of experience in designing and enforcing international trade policy both as a senior-level Capitol Hill staffer, as Commerce Under Secretary, and as a leader in the private sector. Prior to joining Kelley Drye in 2016, he served as president of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), a 200-member trade association dedicated to trade policy, export finance, international tax, and human resource issues. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Reinsch served as the Under Secretary for Export Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. As head of the Bureau of Export Administration (now the Bureau of Industry and Security), he administered and enforced the export control policies of the U.S. government, as well as its antiboycott laws. 

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by my colleagues with the Lighthouse Award,” said Mr. Reinsch. “Trade is the engine that drives modern prosperity and growth. By continuing to remove boundaries and barriers we can open pathways for a more prosperous tomorrow in the U.S. and beyond.” 

WITA’s Annual Awards Dinner, also known as the “Trade Prom,” attracts leading decision makers, policymakers, and trade experts from Washington, D.C. and around the world. WITA’s other 2016 honorees included U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA).

Kelley Drye's leading International Trade practice guides clients through complex trade rules and restrictions to address injury caused by imported goods, as well as to successfully import and export their products and services. In addition to leading attorneys and advisors, the group relies on Georgetown Economic Services, an economic analysis subsidiary that gives the group an edge among competitors. Kelley Drye’s International Trade group has been recognized as a Leading International Trade Practice by Chambers Global, and recognized in Chambers USA, US Legal 500, andU.S. News/Best Lawyers. It has also been named among Law360’s International Trade Groups of the Year since 2013.