Government Experience

  • Deputy Director of Policy & Strategic Planning and Senior Advisor for Standards and Global Regulatory Policy, Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce
  • Associate Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • Senior Director, Technical Barriers to Trade, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Assistant General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Assistant Legal Advisor, Mission of the United States to the World Trade Organization

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1999
  • M.P.P., Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1999
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1994

    Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships

  • Member, Board of Directors of ASTM International (2017-2019)

    Executive Branch Liaison, ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice (2012-2017); Board Member (2017-2019) 

    Co-Chair, International Trade and Customs Committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice (2015-present)

    Member, Advisory Committee of the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management (2018-present)

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Jeffrey G. Weiss

Partner

Jeff Weiss is a partner in Venable’s International Trade Group who focuses his practice on resolving market access issues related to product and digital regulation and standards; strengthening U.S. port and supply chain logistics and infrastructure; and providing counseling and representation on international trade negotiations, domestic and foreign regulation, standards and conformity assessment, and other economic policy matters. Jeff provides advice and counsel on matters arising under WTO, NAFTA, and other trade agreements and U.S. trade and customs law. He also represents clients before various White House offices and executive agencies and departments (e.g., NSC, NEC, CEQ, OMB, USTR, Commerce, USDA, NIST, CBP, DHS, EPA, FDA), as well as key members of Congress and committee staff.

Prior to joining Venable, Jeff served as the Deputy Director for Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As the second-ranking official in the policy shop, Jeff served as a senior advisor to former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on a wide range of economic policy issues, including: U.S. port and supply chain logistics and infrastructure (e.g., the U.S. response to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy); digital economy; standards and conformity assessment; and aviation (e.g., Open Skies and unmanned aircraft systems). He also developed, coordinated, and implemented policy in these areas across the Commerce Department’s twelve bureaus. In addition, he served as the lead U.S. negotiator for the G20 digital economy talks, hosted by China in 2016 and Germany in 2017, which included negotiations on the free flow of data, cybersecurity, standards, competition, and privacy. In 2014-2015, at the direction of the White House, he led the development of the U.S. government strategy for international cybersecurity standardization.

Jeff also served as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget. In this role, he worked directly with the Administrator to lead development of U.S. regulatory policy and White House review of significant Executive Branch regulatory actions. He co-chaired regulatory cooperation initiatives with Canada, Mexico, and the European Union and led the development of a new U.S. policy on standards and conformity assessment (OMB Circular A-119). From 2001 to 2011, he also served in the Office of the United States Trade Representative as Senior Director for Technical Barriers to Trade, Assistant General Counsel, and Assistant Legal Advisor at the Mission of the United States to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. While at USTR, he represented the United States in WTO disputes, served as a lead U.S. negotiator and lawyer in numerous negotiations, including the WTO’s Doha Round market access talks, the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber dispute, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and was chief lawyer for NAFTA from 2004 to 2007. He assisted U.S. companies and trade associations in addressing dozens of foreign market access issues involving automobiles, chemicals, cosmetics, medical devices, wine, distilled spirits, ICT products, pharmaceuticals, appliances, children’s products, textiles and apparel, food and agricultural goods, and many other products.

Significant Matters

  • Providing legal and policy counsel to various clients in international trade negotiations. Activities include: developing negotiating strategies; drafting legal analyses, policy papers, and trade agreement and legislative text; developing legal, economic, and policy arguments as well as communications and advocacy strategy; and representing clients before the U.S. and foreign governments. Topics include: customs and trade facilitation; rules of origin, digital trade, competitiveness, and regulatory. Industries include: transportation, natural resources, agriculture, cosmetics, supply chain, and cybersecurity.
  • Providing legal and policy counsel and representing various clients before the Administration and Congress with respect to specific market access, trade policy, and trade law issues, including Administration actions on tariffs. Industries include: supply chain, services, retail, financial services, chemicals, softwood lumber, and dairy.
  • Advising clients on standards and conformance issues. Activities include: developing strategies for promoting the use of particular standards; advising a company on how to comply with a State's interpretation of a NIST standard; and conducting in-depth analyses of the regulatory and standards systems of several countries in Latin America and providing recommendations for improvement.
  • Working with a client to develop a proposed trade-related deregulatory action, including legal, economic, and policy analysis and advocacy strategy before the executive branch and Congress.
  • Providing representation for a coalition of companies with respect to the Administration's imposition of tariffs on solar panels, as well as companies seeking exemptions/exclusions for specific tariff subheadings and products affected by the Administration's Section 301 actions.
  • Advising clients on customs classification and FCPA matters.
  • Providing intelligence to companies on trade developments (e.g., China, NAFTA, U.S.-EU, U.S.-U.K., Administration tariff/quota actions) to guide their production and investment decisions.