RONALD K. LORENTZEN
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RONALD K. LORENTZEN Senior International Trade Advisor
With nearly four decades in key positions at both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Ron Lorentzen brings an unparalleled body of knowledge and experience to advising clients on matters arising under U.S. trade and customs law and WTO, NAFTA, and other trade agreements. Ron provides strategic advice on trade policy, negotiations and disputes.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Ron served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), a position to which he was appointed in January 2009. In this capacity, he led a staff of 300 in E&C’s enforcement of U.S. trade laws and agreements to protect domestic industries and workers from unfair pricing by foreign companies and unfair subsidies to foreign companies by their governments. In addition, he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of E&C, advised the Assistant Secretary on program and policy issues and served as a senior policy advisor to the Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade on a broad range of trade law and policy matters. During this period, Ron acted as the Assistant Secretary for E&C for a cumulative total of approximately two years.

Prior to January 2009, Ron served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Negotiations in Commerce’s Import Administration. In that capacity, he oversaw work on a broad range of policy issues and served as a lead U.S. negotiator on trade remedy rule issues in the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Before assuming this position, Ron directed Import Administration’s Office of Policy.

Prior to July 2001, Ron was the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs. In that capacity, he helped coordinate the United States’ overall participation in the work of the World Trade Organization, including the 1996, 1998, and 1999 WTO ministerial conferences. At USTR, Ron was chiefly responsible for U.S. policy concerning WTO rules governing trade remedies, the trade-related aspects of competition policy, and industrial policy measures.

Before beginning his tenure at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in April 1995, Ron had a fellowship in the Department of Commerce’s Office of Technology Policy, where he advised officials on the interaction and relationship between U.S. trade and technology policies. He also held several previous positions in the Commerce Department’s Import Administration, where he was a key member of the U.S. negotiating teams to the GATT Uruguay Round negotiations on subsidies and antidumping practices and worked extensively with Executive Branch and Congressional staff on the development of U.S. implementing legislation following the Uruguay Round’s completion.

Ron’s service in government was recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Presidential Rank Award, the Department of Commerce’s Stephen C. Kaminski Memorial Award, the U.S. Trade Representative Office’s Kelly Award, and numerous Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Bronze Medal awards within the Department of Commerce.

Ron is not licensed to practice law.

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With nearly four decades in key positions at both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Ron Lorentzen brings an unparalleled body of knowledge and experience to advising clients on matters arising under U.S. trade and customs law and WTO, NAFTA, and other trade agreements. Ron provides strategic advice on trade policy, negotiations and disputes.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Ron served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), a position to which he was appointed in January 2009. In this capacity, he led a staff of 300 in E&C’s enforcement of U.S. trade laws and agreements to protect domestic industries and workers from unfair pricing by foreign companies and unfair subsidies to foreign companies by their governments. In addition, he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of E&C, advised the Assistant Secretary on program and policy issues and served as a senior policy advisor to the Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade on a broad range of trade law and policy matters. During this period, Ron acted as the Assistant Secretary for E&C for a cumulative total of approximately two years.

Prior to January 2009, Ron served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Negotiations in Commerce’s Import Administration. In that capacity, he oversaw work on a broad range of policy issues and served as a lead U.S. negotiator on trade remedy rule issues in the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Before assuming this position, Ron directed Import Administration’s Office of Policy.

Prior to July 2001, Ron was the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs. In that capacity, he helped coordinate the United States’ overall participation in the work of the World Trade Organization, including the 1996, 1998, and 1999 WTO ministerial conferences. At USTR, Ron was chiefly responsible for U.S. policy concerning WTO rules governing trade remedies, the trade-related aspects of competition policy, and industrial policy measures.

Before beginning his tenure at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in April 1995, Ron had a fellowship in the Department of Commerce’s Office of Technology Policy, where he advised officials on the interaction and relationship between U.S. trade and technology policies. He also held several previous positions in the Commerce Department’s Import Administration, where he was a key member of the U.S. negotiating teams to the GATT Uruguay Round negotiations on subsidies and antidumping practices and worked extensively with Executive Branch and Congressional staff on the development of U.S. implementing legislation following the Uruguay Round’s completion.

Ron’s service in government was recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Presidential Rank Award, the Department of Commerce’s Stephen C. Kaminski Memorial Award, the U.S. Trade Representative Office’s Kelly Award, and numerous Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Bronze Medal awards within the Department of Commerce.

Ron is not licensed to practice law.

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