Michael S. Snarr

Partner

Washington, D.C.
T +1.202.861.1710
F +1.202.861.1783

Overview

Mike Snarr represents clients in international trade and investment disputes and counsels them on compliance with trade laws and international agreements. He represents clients in antidumping and countervailing duty litigation, arbitration under free trade agreements and investment treaties, and disputes with U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the classification, valuation, and origin of imported goods. Mike advises government contractors on compliance with the Buy American Act, Trade Agreements Act, and other procurement laws with country of origin preferences.

Mike is a frequent speaker and writer on bilateral investment treaty arbitration, NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), and Dodd-Frank "conflict mineral" disclosure obligations. He is a contributor to the firm’s China-U.S. Trade Law blog and served for three years as Chairman of the International Investment and Finance Committee of the D.C. Bar’s International Section.

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  • Represented numerous foreign manufacturers and associations in the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber trade dispute, which has been called "one of the most significant and enduring trade disputes in modern history." As part of the BakerHostetler team, won decisions excluding clients from the imposition of countervailing duties, orders to protect clients from punitive duty measures, and the first decision under U.S. law rejecting the Department of Commerce’s practice of "zeroing" to artificially inflate antidumping duty margins.
  • Helped importing client to reverse U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s erroneous classification decision, including an unwarranted $1 million duty bill, and to obtain the imported goods duty-free in time for customer delivery.
  • Advised client with respect to claims against foreign government arising under international treaty, resulting in a successfully-negotiated resolution that preserved the client’s assets and foreign investor status. Represented clients in arbitration under the investment chapter of NAFTA and bilateral investment treaties.
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Experience

  • Represented numerous foreign manufacturers and associations in the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber trade dispute, which has been called "one of the most significant and enduring trade disputes in modern history." As part of the BakerHostetler team, won decisions excluding clients from the imposition of countervailing duties, orders to protect clients from punitive duty measures, and the first decision under U.S. law rejecting the Department of Commerce’s practice of "zeroing" to artificially inflate antidumping duty margins.
  • Helped importing client to reverse U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s erroneous classification decision, including an unwarranted $1 million duty bill, and to obtain the imported goods duty-free in time for customer delivery.
  • Advised client with respect to claims against foreign government arising under international treaty, resulting in a successfully-negotiated resolution that preserved the client’s assets and foreign investor status. Represented clients in arbitration under the investment chapter of NAFTA and bilateral investment treaties.
  • Assisted companies with making prior disclosures of customs compliance errors to protect against substantial penalties, and with discovering cost-savings through correction of inadvertent overpayments of duties.
  • Helped government contractor to obtain exclusive right to federal supply contract as the sole domestic supplier under applicable "Buy America" procurement regulations.
  • Advised government contractor regarding supply chain strategies to ensure compliance with Trade Agreements Act for GSA.
  • Counseled clients about their disclosure obligations under the Dodd-Frank Act and SEC regulations pertaining to the use of "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Represented clients in litigation arising from other administrative proceedings before federal government agencies. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016, 2017)
    • Recommended in Dispute Resolution: International trade

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: International Section
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia: International Section

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • New York, 2001

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2000
  • M.S.F.S., Georgetown University, 2000
  • B.A., University of Utah, 1996

Languages

  • French
  • Hungarian