Mr. LaRussa is counsel in the Litigation practice and a member of the firm’s International Trade and Investment Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in the regulatory issues surrounding international trade and investment, including as Commerce Department Under Secretary for International Trade during the Clinton Administration. His practice areas include CFIUS national security reviews, export control law and international trade law. Mr. LaRussa uses his unique background as a former journalist and congressional trade counsel to position clients, help them develop substantive positions, and advocate their positions before the highest levels of government. He has represented companies in the telecommunications, energy, banking, security, aerospace, mining, steel and transportation sectors before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
During his tenure in government, Mr. LaRussa represented the United States in WTO negotiations, was in charge of administering the U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws and ran a global export promotion network. Prior to his work in the Administration, Mr. LaRussa was international trade counsel to the current ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee and ran a Congressional task force on the Uruguay Round trade negotiations. Mr. LaRussa began his career as a journalist and editor and spent several years covering international trade, Congressional, regulatory and judicial matters.
- Representation of companies in the telecommunications, energy, banking, security, aerospace and transportation sectors in national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, as well as in export control and security matters before the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury and Defense. Recent highlights include the following:
- Politically sensitive acquisition of a U.S. defense-related provider by a European company, including cross-cutting legal issues relating to Special Security Agreements under the U.S. National Industrial Security Program and export control issues under ITAR.
- Acquisition by private equity fund of U.S. power generation facilities.
- Acquisition of large software consulting and distribution division of high-profile U.S. company.
- Acquisition of high-profile U.S. software developer, including issues relating to Special Security Agreements under the National IndustriaSecurity Program and export control issues.
- Acquisition of U.S. producer of secure wireless networks, including legal issues under ITAR, EAR and NISPOM.
- Acquisition of U.S. solar energy company
- Acquisition of homeland security equipment maker, including export control issues under the Export Administration Regulations
- Acquisition of U.S. aerospace company, including export control issues under ITAR and the Export Administration Regulations
- Major foreign investment in a U.S. space tourism company
- Acquisition of a major U.S. manufacturer by the largest non-oil company in the Middle East
- Investment by a foreign company in a U.S. corporate jet service
- Acquisition of a U.S. manufacturer of telecommunications equipment by a European company
- Acquisition of a U.S. manufacturer of automotive parts, including parts for military vehicles, by a European private equity fund
- Acquisition of a European chemicals company with U.S. operations, including U.S. security clearances for military research, by another European chemicals company
- Acquisition of a U.S. aerospace company by a European company
- Major investment in a U.S. nuclear fuel and services company by a national uranium company
- Acquisition of a U.S. uranium mining company by a Canadian mining company
- Acquisition of U.S. mining interests by a multinational company
- Acquisition of U.S. power-generation facilities by a foreign buyer
- Acquisition of a homeland security company by a large European defense supplier
- Investments in a number of U.S. banks and financial companies by investors from Asia and the Middle East
- Representation of the world’s largest steel company in all trade matters before U.S. federal agencies and courts. This includes over 35 matters, including U.S. and foreign antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, lobbying matters and federal court appeals.
- Mobilized customer and Congressional support, advocated before high-level Administration officials, and coordinated with foreign governments and trade associations
- Representation in successful efforts to terminate the antidumping orders on stainless steel sheet and strip from France, stainless steel wire rod from France, corrosion-resistant steel from France and stainless steel bar from Italy and France in the sunset proceedings before the International Trade Commission
- Had several major antidumping actions dismissed and duty liability reduced in other standing antidumping orders on this company’s steel imports
- Representation of a major uranium producer as amicus curiae in an international trade case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Representation of German producers of newspaper printing presses and their U.S. subsidiaries in litigation under the Antidumping Act of 1916. Mr. LaRussa succeeded in having bills introduced in both Houses of Congress to repeal WTO-inconsistent legislation that formed the basis for major litigation against our clients
- Representation of a Macedonian steel company in securing an exemption from steel import tariffs in connection with Macedonia’s accession to the WTO
- Representation of a global automotive joint venture in trade matters before the U.S. Department of Commerc
- Representation of Kuwaiti interests in preparation for consultative sessions on trade and investment issues with the U.S. government
- Representation of Mexican agricultural interests in implementation of an antidumping agreement with the U.S. Commerce Department
State University of New York at Buffalo
University of Massachusetts
B.A. in History, summa cum laude
- District of Columbia
- New York
- Admitted in Serbia not admitted in Paris
- United States Court of International Trade
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuits
- United States Supreme Court
- Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade (2000–2001)
Responsible for formulating U.S. trade policy as head of the Commerce Department’s 2,300-person International Trade Administration. Priorities included promoting U.S. exports, advocating U.S. business interests abroad, enforcing laws against unfair trade practices, and ensuring compliance with trade agreements. Developed global information technology trade initiative, linking U.S. high-tech companies with opportunities in Asia and Latin America and creating an e-commerce policy dialogue with the European Union. Concluded U.S.-EU data privacy agreement and represented the United States in a range of bilateral negotiations. Played key role in gaining Congressional approval of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and designed rapid-response China trade compliance initiative. Oversaw a $300 million yearly budget.
- Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration(1996–2000)
Chief administrator of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty trade laws. Drafted dumping and subsidy regulations implementing Uruguay Round trade agreement. Oversaw $29 million yearly budget and 300 Commerce Department professionals and staff.
- Trade Negotiations. Represented the United States in WTO negotiations. Developed positions on key elements of U.S.-China WTO accession negotiations. Negotiated amendments to the U.S. Russia uranium agreement to promote continued stability in Russia’s nonproliferation efforts. Chief negotiator of the U.S.-Mexico tomatoes agreement
- Clinton Administration’s Steel Policy. Developed Administration-wide trade enforcement response to the 1998 steel crisis; chief negotiator of U.S.-Russia comprehensive steel agreements and bilateral steel agreements with Ukraine, China, Brazil and South Africa; designed Commerce Department’s steel import monitoring and subsidies enforcement programs; conceived and managed global steel study; initiated U.S.-Russia and U.S.-Ukraine technical assistance programs. Managed more than 60 steel dumping and subsidy cases in one year.
- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (1993–1996)
Second highest-ranking official in 1,300-person global export-assistance network; one of the principal architects of Clinton Administration’s trade-promotion policies, including emerging markets initiatives in Asia and Latin America; in charge of Administration’s trade programs in Southeast Asia; established first U.S. commercial-promotion programs in Vietnam and represented Commerce in U.S.-Vietnam trade talks; conceived and established U.S. Commercial Centers for U.S. exporters in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brazil; oversaw redesign of global information and communications network. Commerce Department point person on NAFTA.
- Presidential Transition, Deputy Director for Manufacturing and Technology (1992–1993)
As deputy to Dr. Laura Tyson, developed manufacturing, trade and technology policies for new Administration.