Michael Castellano is Vice President for Government Relations at the Walt Disney Company. He serves on the International Trade Advisory Committee for Intellectual Property and is Disney’s representative to numerous industry associations, including the U.S. Chamber’s Global IP Center, the U.S. Chamber’s International Policy Committee, the U.S. China Business Council, and the Coalition of Services Industries. Previously, Michael worked as senior counsel and senior policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid where he was responsible for issues of international trade and related international economic policy, intellectual property rights, cyber security (commercial side), and Senate rules issues, among other areas. Michael started Castellano Law & Policy, LLC, a trade law and policy consulting practice, in 2005. Before that, he was Trade Counsel for the Committee on Ways & Means and Tax & Trade Counsel for the office of Representative Sander M. Levin at the U.S. House of Representatives. Michael started his law career clerking for Judge Francis Murnaghan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, followed by a stint practicing international trade law at the law firm of Dewey Ballantine (RIP).
Michael received his B.A. with honors in political science with significant coursework in economics from Johns Hopkins University, his M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.