Frank Samolis is co-chair of our International Trade Practice. He advises clients on international trade matters, including trade law, trade policy and legislation, and international trade negotiations. He is also chair of our India Practice Group and the leader of our Colombia Desk, Latin America Task Force.

    Frank handles matters before the Office of the US Trade Representative, other Executive Branch Trade agencies, the US International Trade Commission, US Court of International Trade, US Customs Service and the US Congress. Frank has represented foreign sovereigns or foreign multinationals from Asia, Europe, Central and Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, in addition to US companies seeking expanded market access in major export markets.

    He also counsels clients on the status of negotiations and bilateral/regional trade agreements in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other fora, and has represented several sovereign entities in Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the US. Frank has been active on such legislative matters as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the implementation of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement, the Uruguay Round of GATT trade negotiations, the North American Free Trade Agreement, extending MFN status and securing PNTR for China, Trade Promotion Authority, and enhancing Caribbean and African trade benefits.

    Appointed by the US Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce to an Industry Trade Advisory Committee in 1992, Frank consulted regularly as a private sector advisor with senior US government officials on policy issues and solutions. Previously, Frank was counsel to the Subcommittee on Trade of the Committee on Ways and Means, US House of Representatives.

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    Education

    • Georgetown University, J.D., 1976
    • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., cum laude, 1973

    Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 1978

    Courts

    • U.S. Court of International Trade

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • American Society of International Law
    • Who’s Who Registry of Global Business Leaders
    • Council of the Americas
    • American Bar Association
    • Ranked in Expert Guide 2017 for International Trade & Shipping, a ranking of the world’s leading lawyers in the field
    • Ranked in Expert Guide 2017 for International Trade & Shipping, a ranking of the world’s leading lawyers in the field

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    • Speaker, “Trade Update from Washington,” US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, December 7, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Trade Under Trump,” AmCham Germany, 12th Annual Transatlantic Business Conference, November 30, 2018.
    • Interview, “How Will the U.S. Midterms Affect Latin America?” Latin America Advisor (Inter-American Dialogue), November 12, 2018.
    • Quoted, “Emboldened Dems May Push Back on Trump’s Trade Agenda,” Law360, November 7, 2018.
    • Featured and Quoted, “More Firms Embrace Online Tools to Cement Client Relationships,” American Lawyer, November 7, 2018.
    • Speaker, “US Trade Policy Developments”, William & Mary School of Law (International Law Society), October 29, 2018.
    • Author, “Uncharted Waters: Navigating Recent US Tariffs and Future Trade Actions,” Texas Lawyer, October 17, 2018.
    • Interview and Quoted, “For Trump, Renegotiating NAFTA is Just Half the Battle,” Law360, October 2, 2018.
    • Quoted, “What Does the New Trade Deal Mean for K Street?” POLITICO Influence, October 1, 2018.
    • Featured Speaker, “Summary of Recent US Trade Actions and the Potential Impact on the Automotive Industry,” webinar by Cipriano Beredo, Global Head of Automotive, September 28, 2018.
    • Featured Speaker, “How Do You, Your Suppliers and Customers Fare as US Trade Tensions Escalate?” trade event, Squire Patton Boggs Dallas office, September 26, 2018.
    • Speaker, “The Impact of Tariffs on the Transatlantic Economy,” AmCham EU, Brussels, Belgium, September 10, 2018.
    • Commentator, “Will Duque Be Able to Boost Colombia’s Economic Growth?” Latin American Advisor (Inter American Dialogue), August 15, 2018.
    • Quoted, “Keeping Track of Tariffs,” POLITICO, July 10, 2018.
    • Interview, CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” CNBC Interview on Trade, July 5, 2018.
    • Interview, by Rachelle Akuffo, China Global Television Network (CGTN) TV, July 3, 2018.
    • Quoted, “Trump Trade Moves Spark Lobbying Blitz,” Bloomberg News, July 2, 2018.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “Quo Vadis Free Trade and Effects for the Automotive Industry,” 3rd Stuttgart Automotive Law Summit, Le Meridien Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, June 14, 2018.
    • Quoted, “Sino-US Negotiations Signal Disorder, Test Each Other’s Bottom Line,” Caijing, June 6, 2018.
    • Quoted, ”ZTE Solution Emerges,” Caijing, China, May 22, 2018.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “The Trump Administration and Its Trade Policy toward Latin America,” AmChamDR, May 8, 2018.
    • Interview, “Next Steps for US-China Trade Talks,” China Global Television Network (CGTN), May 4, 2018.
    • Quoted, “ZTE Rocks and Waves,” Caijing, China, April 30, 2018.
    • Quoted, “IMF Warning as Trade War Threats Reach Critical Point,” Times of London, April 16. 2018.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “An Agenda for Economic Cooperation – Key Policies to Deepen and Expand Trade & Investments,” India-US Form, Ananta Centre, Indian Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, April 7, 2018.
    • Quoted, “Latin America Could Win Big in US-China Trade War,” Global Trade Review (London), April 5, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Global Trade Conflicts: Impact on US-India Ties,” US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, April 5, 2018.
    • Guest Lecturer and Speaker, “Trade Policy Developments: A View From Washington,” International Law Society, William & Mary School of Law, March 23, 2018.
    • Interview, “How will the new US tariffs affect Latin America?” Latin America Advisor, March 12, 2018.
    • Co-author, “A Passive Congress Allows the KORUS Renegotiation to Proceed Without It,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, February 21, 2018.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “Harmonizing Financial Regulations Through Free Trade,” Georgetown University’s 2018 McCourt School Policy Conference, Washington DC.
    • Panelist and Commentator, “Will US Absence Diminish the New TPP Agreement?” Latin America Advisor, Inter-American Dialogue, February 2, 2018.
    • Quoted, “Is Talk of U.S. Steel Tariffs Giving You Déjà Vu? It Shouldn’t.” International Trade Daily (Bloomberg), January 18, 2018.
    • Co-author, “How Important Are US-Ecuador Trade Preferences?” Latin America Advisor, Inter-American Dialogue, December 21, 2017.
    • Quoted, “The US, Japan and EU form Trade Alliance, under the Pretext of Overcapacity in China,” Caijing Journal, China, December 13, 2017.
    • Interview, “Frank Samolis: United States has the Will, but Ecuador must be more Active,” Expreso newspaper, Ecuador, December 12, 2017.
    • Quoted, “Trade Policy Updated – Volume 4,” AmCham Germany, November 2017.
    • Speaker, “Trade Policy Developments: A Washington DC Perspective,” Chinese Mergers and Acquisitions Association (CMAA), November 16, 2017.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “Lessons from NAFTA 2.0 Talks for Brexit, Germany and the EU,” British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Berlin, October 25, 2017.
    • Featured Speaker, “Lessons from NAFTA 2.0 Talks for Brexit, Germany and the EU,” AmCham Germany, Berlin, October 24, 2017.
    • Quoted, “301 Investigation, Beginning of the China-US Confrontation?” Caijing, Beijing, October 11, 2017.
    • Panelist and Speaker, “Incorporating Today’s News into Tomorrow’s International Contracts – Cross-Border Tax and Trade Developments,” Association of Corporate Counsel, October 4, 2017.
    • Featured Speaker, “Trade Policy Developments: A Washington DC Perspective,” US China Business Council, September 13, 2017.
    • Commentator and Quoted, “Can Negotiators Find Agreement in the NAFTA Talks?” Latin America Advisor, Inter-American Dialogue, August 15, 2017.
    • Quoted, “el clima es favorable para gestionar acuerdo con EE.UU.,” Expreso newspaper, Guayaquil, Ecuador, August 14, 2017.
    • Quoted, “Japan and Europe: A New Push for Global Free Trade,” Caijing, Beijing, China, July 7, 2017.
    • Quoted, “Making Sense of US-Africa Trade,” Global Trade Review, London, England, July 5, 2017.
    • Quoted, “Trump Could Retaliate Against EU,” Times of London, June 28, 2017.
    • Speaker, “US Policy Roundtable – Trade and Tax,” British American Business, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, London England, July 21, 2017.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “The UK and Europe,” The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited (SMMT), London, England, June 20, 2017.
    • Panelist and Speaker, “Winds of Change: Political Uncertainty and New Dynamics,” Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship, NYU School of Law, New York, New York, May 23, 2017.
    • Speaker, “Trump on Trade: Implications for the Automotive Sector – A Washington Perspective,” Stuttgart Automotive Law Summit, Stuttgart, Germany, May 9, 2017.
    • Speaker, “Trump on Trade: Implications for US and Non-US Businesses,” German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC West), San Francisco, California, May 3, 2017.
    • Co-author, “For National Security, Trump Administration Initiates Rarely Used Section 232 Statute to Probe Into Steel Imports,” Global Trade Magazine, April 2017.
    • Co-author, “Trump Puts ‘America First’ with Executive Order,” April 2017.
    • Presenter, “Preferences of the United States Could Be Left in the Shadow of What They Are,” Expreso newspaper, Guayaquil, Ecuador, April 2, 2017.
    • Co-author, “Implications of Trump Budget Blueprint for US Stature Abroad,” Law360, March 2017.
    • Quoted, “Non-US TPP Member States are still not giving up,” Caijing, Beijing, March 31, 2017.
    • Presenter, “Panel Analyzes Trade Situation Between Ecuador and the United States,” El Telegrafo, Guayaquil, Ecuador, March 29, 2017.
    • Presenter, “Ecuador Gets Ready for Trump,” Expreso newspaper, Guayaquil, Ecuador, March 29, 2017.
    • Quoted, “Impact of NAFTA on US Employment,” Caijing, Beijing, China, March 10, 2017.
    • Co-author, Featured Q & A, “Will the Trade in Services Agreement Move Forward?” Latin America Advisor, February 15, 2017.
    • Panelist and Speaker, “Roundtable: Managing Risk in an Uncertain Business Climate,” The US-China Business Council, Washington DC, February 2, 2017.
    • Speaker, “US Trade Policy Outlook for 2017,” Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade Symposium), Washington DC, January 31, 2017.
    • Quoted, “Northern Powerhouse Could Help UK Become ‘Singapore on Steroids’, Says US Trade Lawyer,” Yorkshire Post/Manchester Evening News/Automotive Industry Today, January 29, 2017.
    • Author, “Trump and Africa: Reciprocity Will Be Key,” Global Trade Review (London), November 22, 2016.
    • Speaker and Panel Moderator, “The Global Trade Policy Agenda,” 40th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America (CCAA), Miami, Florida, November 21, 2016.
    • Quoted, “Europe Stuck Between a Referendum on UK Membership of the EU and Donald Trump,” Eigentumlich Frei, Berlin, November 17, 2016.
    • Quoted, “Does Congress Get a Say in Green Goods Talks?” POLITICO ProTrade, November 15, 2016.
    • Cited, “What to Expect from Trade Policy: A New Administration and a New Congress Come to Washington,” Firm’s Post-Election Trade Analysis Cited in Global Trade Magazine, November 15, 2016.
    • Speaker, “A Look Ahead – US Trade Policy Following the 2016 US Elections,” Tenth Annual Transatlantic Business Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, November 10, 2016.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “After the US Elections: What Economic and Security Policy Will the New Government Pursue and What Effects Can Be Expected for Germany and Europe?” BritCham Germany, Open Europe Berlin, November 9, 2016.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “The US Presidential Election and Trade,” AmCham Germany, Berlin, Germany, November 8, 2016.
    • Speaker, “A Look Ahead – US Trade Policy Following the 2016 US Elections,” AmCham Hungary, Budapest, November 7, 2016.
    • Quoted, “Presidential Election 2016,” North West Business Insider, Manchester, UK, November 1, 2016.
    • Co-author, “Yorkshire Businesses Can Benefit Massively From American Infrastructure Projects,” The Yorkshire Post, October 12, 2016.
    • Co-author, “Clinton or Trump? US/UK Trade, the US $250 Billion Infrastructure Plan and How Your Business Might be Affected,” seminar in partnership with British American Business Council, October 11, 2016.
    • Co-author, “Cooperating, Not Competing, in Africa: a Case for Transatlantic Rapprochement,” op-ed, The Hill, October 7, 2016.
    • Presenter, “International Trade Law: A Practioner’s Perspective,” William & Mary School of Law, LL.M. Candidates and Foreign Law Scholars, October 6, 2016.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “LNG & Power Markets in Latin America: Setting the Stage,” Squire Patton Boggs and Poten & Partners, October 5, 2016.
    • Quoted, “TTIP Setback,” Caining Magazine, September 23, 2016.
    • Speaker, “The TPP, US Trade Policy, and Implications for Colombia,” AmCham Colombia International Trade Committee, Camara de Cmercio Colombo Americana, September 7, 2016.
    • Author, “TPP Hanging by a Thread,” Caijing, China, August 23, 2016.
    • Co-author "The Future of US Trade Policy and the Presidential Election Campaign," Australian-American Leadership Dialogue, July 14, 2016.
    • Quoted, “Will the TPP Win Congressional Approval This Year?” Latin America Advisor, The Inter-American Dialogue, July 8, 2016.
    • Quoted, “Was Colombia’s Curb on a Drug Patent a Bad Move?” Latin American Advisor, The Inter-American Dialogue, June 28, 2016.
    • Quoted, “Analizan en Washington el impacto del TPP en las zonas francas de Republica Dominicana,” Acento Dominicano newspaper, June 22, 2016.
    • Guest, “Behind the New Trade Deals,” Unredacted with Rachel Marsden Radio Show, May 24, 2016.
    • Co-author, “TPP and TTIP Bring Change Closer,” Specialty Chemicals Magazine, April 19, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Global Advocacy in Washington, D.C.,” George Washington University, The Graduate School of Political Management, March 23, 2016.
    • Invited Speaker, “Africa, AGOA and the TPP,” African Ambassadors Group Economic Development Committee, Special Meeting, African Union Mission, African Union Mission, February 11, 2016.
    • Delegate, “Partnership for a Shared and Sustainable World Economy,” Confederation of Indian Industries, CII Partnership Summit 2016, APIIC Ground, Harbour Park, Visakhapatnam, India, January 10, 2016.
    • Commentator, Featured Q & A, “What Does the TPP Mean for Central America & the DR?” Latin America Advisor, The Inter-American Dialogue, November 19, 2015.
    • Keynote Speaker, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Implications for Central America and the Caribbean,” 39th Annual Conference of the CCAA Caribbean Central American Action, Miami, Florida, November 17, 2015.
    • Quoted, “Russia Criticizes ‘Secrecy’ Around TTIP Negotiations,” International Trade Daily, BNA, November 13, 2015.
    • Keynote Speaker, “TTIP Conference.” Moscow, Russia, November 11, 2015.
    • Speaker, Review of International Trade Developments – 2015, William & Mary Law School, International Law Society, November 2, 2015.
    • Keynote Speaker, “TTIP Conference – Berlin, Germany,” Squire Patton Boggs LLP and AmCham Germany, October 27, 2015.
    • Keynote Speaker/Panelist, “TTIP Conference – London, England,” Squire Patton Boggs LLP, October 26, 2015.
    • Quoted, “Chinese Investment Along One Belt One Road Revealed,” Global Trade Review, October 22, 2015.
    • Co-author, Featured Q & A: “Will Global Trade Flows Continue to Grow so Slowly?” Latin America Advisor, The Inter-American Dialogue, October 6, 2015.
    •  “Critics Fear TPP Sets Stage for Weakened Financial Regs,” Law360, October 6, 2015.
    • “Trans-Pacific Partnership is a Reality,” Global Trade Daily, October 5, 2015.
    • Speaker/Panelist, “TTIP: Turkey’s Perspective and the US Response” American-Turkish Council, 34th Annual Conference on US-Turkey Relations “Commercial Diplomacy: Strengthening the Alliance,” Washington DC, September 28, 2015.
    • Keynote Speaker, “US Trade Policy and Africa,” Cameroonian-American Chamber of Commerce, Annual Cameroonian Trade Mission: “Forging US – Cameroonian Business Partnerships,” Washington DC, May 11, 2015.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “Commercial Diplomacy and International Business: Perspectives from Top Private Sector Practitioners,” Georgetown University Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program, Washington DC, April 27, 2015.
    • “Expert Readout of India’s Foreign Trade Policy,” Webinar, US-India Business Council, April 14, 2015.
    • Featured Speaker, “Major US Trade Policy Issues: Status and Outlook,” William & Mary Law School, The International Law Society, October 30, 2014.
    • Speaker, “Strengthening US Global Competitiveness,” Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s 3rd Annual Trade & International Affairs Symposium: The Newseum in Washington DC, September 28, 2014.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “International Trade: Exploring Economic Development Opportunities Abroad and Global Investment Opportunities for Indian Country,” The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, June 26, 2014.
    • Speaker and Panelist, “US-EU Trade Negotiations,” LegalLink Semi-Annual Meeting, Madrid, Spain, May 23, 2014.
    • Guest, “Update on International Trade Negotiations, World Trade Organization Agreement on Environmental Goods,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, May 15, 2014.
    • Guest, “Developments in International Trade,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, April 24, 2014.
    • Speaker, “Commercial Diplomacy and International Business: Perspectives from the Private Sector,” Georgetown University, April 28, 2014.
    • Panelist, “TTP talks and TTIP Negotiations,” American University International Law Review Annual Symposium: Managing the Global Environment Through Trade: WTO, TTP and TTIP Negotiations, February 18, 2014.
    • Guest, “Developments in International Trade,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, December 19, 2013.
    • Guest Lecturer, “A Foundation Without BRICs: US Trade Policy in the 21st Century, TPP and TTIP,” School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, December 4, 2013.
    • Speaker, “Reaching Across Oceans: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the US-EU Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,” The International Law Society of William & Mary College, November 13, 2013.
    • Co-author, “A Tentative Embrace: Brazil’s Foreign and Trade Relations With the United States,” Security and Defense Studies Review, National Defense University, Volume 14, 2013.
    • Co-author, “Tricks of the Trade World: Expanding and Protecting Your Access to the US Market,” Country Promotion Strategies Guide, Washington Diplomat, November 2012.
    • “We Reach a Difficult Moment for Trans Pacific PP,” Ulises Díaz, Reforma, July 18, 2012.
    • “US Georgia Consultations on Commercial Diplomacy and World Trade,” US Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), April 27, 2012.
    • Emerging Issues in International Trade, William & Mary Law School, International Law Symposium, March 23, 2012.
    • Co-author, “A Tentative Embrace: Brazil’s Foreign and Trade Relations With the United States,” Política Externa, March/April/May, 2012.
    • “US-Mexican Trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),” COMCE Seminar (Mexican Business Council Foreign Trade and Investment), Mexico City, D.F., Mexico, February 28, 2012.
    • “The Future of International Trade: An American Perspective,” Dean Rusk Center, University of Georgia School of Law, February 18, 2012.
    • Speaker, “Implications of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement,” Patton Boggs Webinar, November 3, 2011.
    • Speaker, “Update on the Obama Administration’s Policies Affecting International Business,” Council of Senior International Attorneys, The Conference Board, April 2010.
    • “Gulf Nations Are Open for Business,” Counsel to Counsel, March 2005.
    • “Trade Implications of the US Presidential Election,” Seoul, Korea, Korea International Trade Association (KITA), November 11, 2004.
    • US-EU Trade Developments (Washington Insight Series), BABC, British American Business Council, London, February 23, 2004.
    • Co-author, “The Trade Act of 2002: Creating Global Opportunities for Colorado Businesses,” November 20, 2002.

    Articles Involving Various Aspects of US Trade Law

    • Co-author, “Unchartered Waters: Navigating Recent US Tariffs and Future Trade Actions,” Texas Lawyer, October 17, 2018.
    • Co-author, “After Senate Approval, What Next for TPP?” Global Trade Review, May 27, 2015.
    • “Why Congress Should Pass Trade Promotion Authority,” Republic 3.0 and GE Ideas Lab, January 7, 2015.
    • Quoted, “International Trade Developments to Watch in 2015,” Law360 International Trade, January 5, 2015.
    • Quoted, “US Midterms 2014: Could Elections Derail TTIP and TPP?” International Business Times, November 4, 2014.
    • “An Introduction to Trade Law,” American Bar Association.
    • “Recent US Customs Laws,” The US Customs and International Trade Guide, Bender Publications.
    • Co-author, “Guiding Foreign Governments Through the Complex Intersection of Business, Law and Foreign Policy: The Rising Importance of Washington Counsel,” Business Law Brief, American University Washington College of Law, Spring/Summer 2010.
    • “Trade Preferences for Developing Countries” in United States Regulation of International Trade, Oceana Publications, Inc., 1992, updated 2003.
    • “Trade Preferences for Developing Countries” in United States Regulation of International Trade, Oceana Publications, Inc., 1992, updated 2003.
    • “Trade Preferences for Developing Countries” in United States Regulation of International Trade, Oceana Publications, Inc., 1992, updated 2003.
    • “The Caribbean Basin Initiative,” Managing Trade Relations, 1985.
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