Raj Pal (HLS ’03) is an attorney at Sidley Austin and advises clients in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, U.S. trade remedy proceedings, CIT litigation, investor-state arbitrations, and other complex matters related to international trade and investment. He is counsel in the firm’s international trade/arbitration practice.
Raj has extensive experience at every level of WTO dispute settlement proceedings, including at the panel and Appellate Body stages, and in the implementation and retaliation phases of disputes. Raj has advised clients in several WTO disputes.
In addition, Raj counsels sovereign governments and private parties as to whether government measures are consistent with the WTO Covered Agreements. On behalf of clients involved in foreign trade remedy investigations, Raj often works with local counsel to structure arguments in the domestic proceedings to ensure the results of those investigations are consistent with WTO rules.
Raj also has substantial experience representing interested parties in U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, and in related litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade. With undergraduate degrees in economics and chemistry, Raj is often sought by chemical industry clients to advise in such matters. Raj has provided counsel in several U.S. trade remedy cases.
Moreover, Raj represents investors and governments in international arbitrations brought under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties; and provides advice to businesses, trade associations, and governments regarding U.S. and international rules on trade and investment.
In recognition of Raj’s practice, he was recognized as a 2015 Rising Star by Euromoney LMG. Raj is also listed in Who’s Who Legal 2015 in the Trade and Customs category, and has been a recommended lawyer in the International Trade subcategory in The Legal 500 every year since 2014.
Prior to law school, Raj spent two years as a financial analyst in the U.S. Economic Research Group at Goldman Sachs, developing economic models, and researching and writing about the U.S. economy, financial markets and international trade.