(Washington, DC, January 10) — The Committee to Support US Trade Laws (CSUSTL), Washington DC, has named Tim Brightbill as Chairman of the CSUSTL Executive Committee, which is the governing body of the organization.

Brightbill, a Partner at Wiley Rein LLP, represents US companies and industries on all aspects of international trade law and policy.  Amongst his many professional activities, he serves as Vice-Chair of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries, and has been an Adjunct Professor, International Trade Law and Regulation, at Georgetown University Law Center for 16 years.  He is rated among the nation’s leading lawyers for international trade law; including import trade remedies, global trade policy and trade negotiations, and customs enforcement matters.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome Tim’s leadership and many years of experience to head the CSUSTL Executive Committee as its chair at such an important juncture in US international trade policy and the enforcement of our trade remedy laws,” said CSUSTL President Mark Benedict.

Brightbill succeeds Roger Schagrin, President of Schagrin Associates, who served as the Chairman of the CSUSTL Executive Committee from 2017 to the present.  Schagrin has been an active advocate for strong and effective trade laws as a member of CSUSTL since the group’s establishment almost three decades ago.  Roger represents an array of US manufacturers with a concentration in the metals industry on matters related to trade and competition.  Schagrin will continue as a member of CSUSTL’s Executive Committee.

Commenting on the leadership transition, Schagrin said ”over the past two years the CSUSTL was successful in its efforts to engage on important trade policy issues including its work with the Administration and trade agencies on the implementation and enforcement of the trade laws and its continued advocacy in Congress to educate officials on the importance of the trade laws.  I wish Tim Brightbill continued success as he assumes his new role as Chairman.”

In his role as Chairman, Brightbill will lead CSUSTL’s unparalleled commitment to strengthening U.S. trade remedy laws as an effective tool for domestic companies and their workers to address unfair trade practices.  Effective trade remedy laws are essential for a robust U.S economy, and ensuring manufacturing and agricultural jobs in America, fair wages for our workers and vibrant local communities. 

“On behalf of CSUSTL, I would like to thank Roger Schagrin for his unwavering dedication to trade enforcement and strengthening of U.S. trade laws,” Brightbill said.  “I am excited to continue these efforts, and look forward to working with American industries, the Administration, and the new Congress.”

The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL) is an organization of companies, trade associations, labor unions, law firms and individuals committed to preserving and enhancing U.S. trade laws and supporting trade policies that benefit the United States-based productive economy.  CSUSTL’s members span multiple sectors, including manufacturing, technology, agriculture, mining, energy, and services.  We are dedicated to ensuring that the laws against unfair trade are not weakened through legislation or policy decisions in Washington, DC, in international negotiations, or through dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and elsewhere.

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