Kathleen W. Cannon Becomes Managing Partner of Kelley Drye's Washington, D.C. Office and Eric R. McClafferty Becomes Chair of Firm’s International Trade Practice
January 6, 2015

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is pleased to announce that Kathleen W. Cannon, former chair of the firm’s International Trade practice and noted trade attorney, has been named the new Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office and that Eric R. McClafferty has been named her successor. Ms. Cannon succeeds Lewis Rose who has been appointed as Managing Partner of the firm.  

With more than 30 years of experience in international trade law, Ms. Cannon represents a wide range of U.S. industries that are injured due to unfairly traded imports, primarily in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. Ms. Cannon regularly appears before multiple U.S. trade agencies, including the Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Trade Representative.

Firm Managing Partner, Lew Rose remarked, “Our Washington, D.C. office represents a wide range of industries facing legislative, regulatory and litigation hurdles and is known for its outstanding client service. That reputation has been solidified by the consistent dedication to excellence of leaders like Kathy and Eric. Under their stewardship, I’m confident that we’ll continue to see great things from our D.C. office and our International Trade practice.”

Under Ms. Cannon’s leadership, the International Trade practice has received high rankings by both the U.S. and Global editions of Chambers and Partners legal guides, and has been named by Law360 as a “Practice Group of the Year” for two consecutive years.

“Kelley Drye’s D.C. office has been in a strategic and successful growth mode.” said Ms. Cannon. “That growth is largely attributable to the visionary leadership of our firm managing partners, particularly Lew Rose. Lew has instilled a true team culture in our D.C. office and I look forward to building on his success.”

Eric McClafferty focuses his practice on international trade and has substantial expertise in export controls and compliance, as well as rules relating to trade with sanctioned and embargoed countries and entities, and other national security and foreign policy controls. Mr. McClafferty represents and advises clients in the industrial, high-technology, and agricultural sectors regarding their product exports and associated technologies.

Mr. McClafferty and Ms. Cannon have worked together for nearly 20 years.“Kathy is one of the hardest working lawyers I know. She is also an innovative leader who continually inspires her colleagues to exceed client’s expectations” said Eric McClafferty.