Frank Schweitzer is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of K&L Gates. His practice covers international trade, international investment, market access, and public international law matters related to the cross-border movement of goods, services, and capital. He focuses on international dispute resolution through litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on WTO dispute settlement and investment treaty arbitration.
Mr. Schweitzer draws on over 16 years of international trade and investment experience in private practice and the government as a litigator, negotiator, and counselor. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President. In that capacity he served as lead counsel for the United States in litigation before the WTO, including the successful U.S. challenge to China’s discriminatory measures affecting electronic payment services for card-based transactions in China, where the value of such transactions annually exceeds $1 trillion (the first WTO ruling to interpret the GATS Annex on Financial Services). He also served as co-lead counsel for the United States in the longest appellate proceeding in the history of the WTO in which the Appellate Body upheld the panel finding of $18 billion in illegal European subsidies to Airbus (the largest and among the most complex disputes ever litigated at the WTO). While at USTR he covered international investment matters, and served as legal counsel in the negotiations of the investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and the U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty negotiations.
Mr. Schweitzer’s practice encompasses matters arising under the full range of WTO disciplines, regional and bilateral trade agreements, and investment treaties. He advises on trade policy and on strategies to secure and preserve export, investment, and commercial opportunities in markets around the world. He counsels corporations and governments on the use of treaty-based trade and investment rules to remove market access barriers and other cross-border trade impediments and to resolve foreign investment disputes. He has experience in several economic sectors, including, energy and natural resources (natural gas, oil, power generation, uranium), commodity products (cement, lumber, paper, steel), high technology areas (aerospace, electronics, semiconductors), and financial services (insurance, payment systems, reinsurance).
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