Michael Shor is co-head of the firm's International Trade practice group. He has over 36 years' experience successfully representing private parties and foreign governments in international trade disputes and negotiations, international investment disputes, and in counseling companies on customs compliance. He has defended scores of unfair trade investigations, in the United States as well as in China and Mexico, representing companies or governments in Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Turkey, and the United States. He has had notable success in obtaining novel solutions for industries and products requiring departures from traditional agency methodologies, and in crafting creative settlements to trade disputes.

He has been lead counsel in some 40 appeals of US international trade decisions before US courts and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) panels. He has worked with both foreign governments and private parties in World Trade Organization (WTO) panel and appellate body proceedings.

Mr. Shor also has acted as lead counsel in multiple investor-state arbitrations, obtaining the largest award to date in any NAFTA investment dispute, through settlement.

Mr. Shor also represents clients in customs investigations and audits, and advises importers on routine compliance issues, including the requirements of NAFTA and other duty preference regimes, tariff classification, valuation, and country of origin marking.

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1983
  • AB, Dartmouth College, 1980
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of International Trade

Experience

  • Quebec newsprint producer Kruger in obtaining zero AD rate, reduced CVD rate, and negative injury determination in 2017-18 investigations of Uncoated Groundwood Paper from Canada.
  • Province of Alberta and Tolko Industries Ltd. in CVD and AD investigations, reviews and appeals (NAFTA and WTO) concerning Softwood Lumber from Canada (2016-present).
  • Samsung in multiple trade remedy proceedings concerning Washers.
  • Turkish rebar producer Ekinciler in obtaining zero dumping margins in two administrative reviews, and successfully challenging Commerce determination in 2005-06 administrative review in Court of International Trade and Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit.
  • Wieland-Werke AG, Germany's largest brass producer, in obtaining a zero dumping margin for a US antidumping review.
  • Quebec lumber producers Abitibi-Consolidated-Inc. and Blanchette in AD investigation and reviews concerning Softwood Lumber from Canada (2001-2006).
  • Bunge successfully represented in a 2011 antidumping investigation in China concerning Dry Distillers Grains.
  • Wacker Polysilicon North America in 2015 negotiations with USTR and MOFCOM to resolve China antidumping action against Polysilicon from United States.
  • Colombia's Asocolflores in novel 2001 settlement of longstanding antidumping case against Flowers from Colombia.
  • Government of People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) in 2008 and 2009 in precedent-setting US countervailing duty investigations of nonmarket economy country, involvingLight Walled Rectangular Steel Pipe, Tow Behind Lawn Groomers, and Citric Acid.

Recognition

Best Lawyers
International Trade and Finance Law (2006-2020)
The Legal 500 US
International Trade (2008-2019)
Chambers USA
International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (Nationwide) (2005-2019)
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