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Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Timothy J. Keeler has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as Counsel in the Government & Global Trade practice.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Keeler was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he oversaw implementation of U.S. policy, strategy and negotiations involving all aspects of international trade matters.  During that time, he worked on a number of key issues including: climate change and trade; U.S. and China relations; World Trade Organization negotiations and litigation; free trade agreement negotiations and implementation; and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. 

“Tim is a significant addition to Mayer Brown’s Government & Global Trade practice,” said Mayer Brown Vice Chairman Kenneth S. Geller.  “His deep knowledge and experience will be a valuable asset to our clients as they navigate their way through the opportunities and challenges in trade, environmental, energy and tax policies that are expected to arise as a result of several initiatives by the new Administration and Congress.”

Added Duane Layton, a Firm-wide Practice Leader for the Government & Global Trade practice, “Tim’s unique and diverse background in the economic, legislative and regulatory areas along with his extensive work with the Executive Branch and Congress on a broad range of international trade and policy development matters will significantly benefit the firm and our clients.”

Before working for USTR, Mr. Keeler spent over 5 years in two positions at the Department of the Treasury.  He joined the Treasury Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs in 2001 as a Deputy with responsibility for international issues, where he advised members of Congress and staff on Administration positions. These included capital market sanctions, foreign exchange rate policy testimony, appropriations for U.S. agreements to replenish the Multilateral Development Banks, and multilateral debt relief. 

In September 2002, Keeler broadened his responsibilities by managing the Office of Legislative Affairs and advising on all personnel, policy, and legal issues.  Keeler focused on leading Treasury nominees through the U.S. Senate confirmation process; advising on Treasury Intelligence and Terrorist Financing matters; and contributing to the Treasury Secretary’s strategic planning. 

Prior to his time at Treasury, he served on the Presidential Transition Team in 2000 - 2001 as a policy coordinator for the Commerce Department’s (then named) Bureau of Export Administration and the International Trade Commission.

Earlier in his career, he served as a professional staff member for international trade on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.  Here, Keeler worked on permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with China, preferential trade programs for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean basin, and the miscellaneous tariff bill. 

In recognition of his service, Mr. Keeler was awarded the USTR Distinguished Service Award, the Treasury Distinguished Service Award, and the Treasury Secretary’s Honor Award twice. 

“Mayer Brown has some of the most experienced senior trade professionals and lawyers from around the world, including other former USTR officials, a former Secretary of Commerce and a former European Union Ambassador,” said Mr. Keeler. “I look forward to combining my experience with the great depth of knowledge and talent of the group to provide the firm’s clients with the most comprehensive counsel on a wide range of trade policy issues.”

Mr. Keeler received his J.D. magna cum laude from George Mason University School of Law, where he served as associate editor of the George Mason Law Review, and he received a B.S.E. in Engineering Science from Tulane University.