Ronald J. Baumgarten

Of Counsel

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Ronald Baumgarten brings his extensive experience in international trade law and negotiations to the BakerHostetler International Trade and National Security team. He most recently served as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in the Office of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Prior to this time working on regional matters, he was the Director, and later Senior Director, in the USTR Office of Agricultural Affairs from 2010 to 2018. Ron also gained valuable experience as Associate General Counsel with the USTR Office of the General Counsel, where he litigated WTO disputes and advised on trade remedies.

Ron has the knowledge and insights to provide sophisticated advice and counsel to clients who are operating in a world characterized by increasingly complex trade and investment relationships. He has developed and implemented U.S. trade and investment policies with respect to Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore on a variety of issues, and represented the U.S. in agricultural negotiations and bilateral engagement with numerous regions and countries, including Africa, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Southeast Asia. He also concluded bilateral agreements with Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam, opening markets to hundreds of millions of dollars of additional U.S. meat and poultry exports.

Ron graduated summa cum laude from both the Boston University School of Law and The American University in Washington D.C. He also spent a year as a Rotary Scholar at the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg, France, where he received a Certificat d'Etudes Politiques, Mention assez bien.  Before attending law school, he served as a Trade Policy Officer for the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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  • Represented the U.S. in proceedings before WTO dispute settlement panels and the WTO Appellate Body, including two anti-dumping disputes and one agricultural subsidies dispute.
    • Drafted submissions, answers to panel questions, interim comments on panel reports and other dispute settlement filings.
    • Presented oral argument before the WTO Appellate Body and WTO dispute settlement panels.
    • Worked with economic and scientific experts on the development of evidence and arguments.
    • Led U.S. delegations at the WTO and managed inter-agency teams, including officials from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce.
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Experience

  • Represented the U.S. in proceedings before WTO dispute settlement panels and the WTO Appellate Body, including two anti-dumping disputes and one agricultural subsidies dispute.
    • Drafted submissions, answers to panel questions, interim comments on panel reports and other dispute settlement filings.
    • Presented oral argument before the WTO Appellate Body and WTO dispute settlement panels.
    • Worked with economic and scientific experts on the development of evidence and arguments.
    • Led U.S. delegations at the WTO and managed inter-agency teams, including officials from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce.
  • Played a key role in negotiating the successful resolution of the long-running WTO dispute between Brazil and the United States over U.S. cotton subsidies.
  • Reviewed, analyzed and commented on draft food safety, animal health and horticultural regulations to ensure consistency with U.S. trade obligations as part of the Office of Management and Budget’s interagency review process.
  • Led U.S. interagency teams in resolving trade disputes through negotiations and other forms of bilateral engagement, including meetings under bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFA) and the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
  • Provided legal counsel for USTR negotiators in connection with bilateral discussions under free trade agreements, including the U.S.-Colombia, U.S.-Panama and U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreements, and the WTO Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations.
  • Advised USTR functional and regional offices and worked with interagency teams on a variety of policy and legal issues related to international antitrust policy, U.S. and foreign trade remedies and subsidy matters, agricultural market access, food safety and labor rights.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Exceptional Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (2016)
  • U.S. Trade Representative Extraordinary Performance Awards
    • U.S.-South Africa agricultural trade negotiations (2016)
    • Trans-Pacific Partnership (2016)
    • World Trade Organization disputes (2015 and 2016)
    • Southeast Asian Trade deals (2015)
    • U.S.-Japan Beef Agreement (2013)

Prior Positions

  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, Office of Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (2018 to 2021)
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, Office of Agricultural Affairs
    • Senior Director, Agricultural Affairs (2017 to 2018)
    • Director, Agricultural Affairs (2010 to 2017)
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, Office of the General Counsel
    • Associate General Counsel (2008 to 2010)
    • Assistant General Counsel (2007 to 2008)
  • BakerHostetler: Associate (2005 to 2007)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland (inactive)

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2000, summa cum laude; Administrative Editor, Boston University Law Review; Dean's Awards in Administrative, European Union, and Communications Law
  • B.A., The American University, 1993, summa cum laude

Languages

  • French