Former US Trade Representative
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky is WilmerHale’s Senior International Partner. She joined the firm after serving as the U.S. Trade Representative — the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States — from 1997 to 2001, and acting as deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. As the USTR and a member of the President’s Cabinet, she was responsible for the negotiation of hundreds of complex market access, regulatory and investment agreements with virtually every major country in the world. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China’s historic WTO Agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace. She is recognized as a central figure for international business and international economic and trade issues. Her 25-year legal career in the field has encompassed international litigation, commercial negotiations, investment and regulatory advice, and dispute resolution, and she has written and lectured extensively both here and abroad.
Ambassador Barshefsky has been honored by both Harvard and Yale law schools; her negotiations are the subject of several Harvard Business School case studies and numerous profiles and she is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees and industry awards.