David “Skip” Hartquist’s practice is focused on international trade law and government relations. Skip is dedicated to providing quality legal advice and strategic guidance to help his clients achieve the results they need in highly competitive business and political environments. Over 40 years of experience with Kelley Drye clients helps Skip guide the way to finding solutions to complex problems.
Skip represents clients before the White House, numerous Executive Branch departments and agencies, regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress. A sampling of Skip’s clients include Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, Calgon Carbon, Carpenter Technology, the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council, Olin Corporation, the Specialty Steel Industry of North America and the Valve Manufacturers Association. Skip also serves as the managing partner of the firm’s economic consulting subsidiary, Georgetown Economic Services.
Skip’s experience is truly broad and deep. He has been involved in matters where the result determines the fate of industries, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment and ongoing commerce. Skip is valued for his track record of success over the course of his long career. In addition, he is appreciated for ensuring reasonable billing practices and assembling the right team of quality lawyers and other professionals to support client needs.
Skip has represented specialty steel, copper and brass, tissue paper, oil and gas, electronics, chemicals, tableware, apparel and other industries in international trade litigation and negotiations. He has also advised the U.S. government in trade negotiations with China, the European Community, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and other nations, as well as in World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations. Notably, Skip served as counsel to the China Currency Coalition relating to the undervaluation of the Chinese currency. He has also advised numerous national trade associations and corporations on myriad legal and political issues.
With an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell, Skip has been ranked among the best lawyers practicing today in Super Lawyers
, Chambers USA
, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 US
, The Best Lawyers in America©
, the International Who’s Who in Trade & Customs Lawyers
, Lawdragon 500’s
“Leading Lawyers in America,” and in the Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers
. He is a lifetime member of the Worldwide Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. Moreover, as past chairman of the International Trade practice, Skip’s team received a Tier 1 ranking in the “International Trade and Finance Law–National” and “International Trade and Finance Law–D.C.” categories in the 2011 “Best Law Firms” study published by U.S. News
and Best Lawyers
Prior to joining Kelley Drye in 1976, Skip worked for President Ford as general counsel of the White House Council on International Economic Policy. In that capacity, he worked on a wide range of international economic issues, including trade, finance, energy and agriculture. In 1973 and 1974, Skip served as an assistant to the president of Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the U.S. government that provides political risk insurance to private U.S. corporations that invest in developing countries. From 1970 to 1973, he served as chief legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Richard S. Schweiker (R-PA). He began his legal career as assistant counsel at Bank of America in Los Angeles and as assistant Washington representative in Washington, D.C.
Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws, executive committee