Susan G. Esserman
Susan G. Esserman, a former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson, where she chairs the firm’s International Trade and Investment Group. She advises domestic and foreign clients on expanding access to global markets and on trade policy matters and represents clients in international trade litigation and dispute resolution matters. Ms. Esserman has worked extensively on U.S.-India commercial issues in both government and private sector capacities, including as a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S.-India Business Council.
Ms. Esserman served in four senior positions in the Clinton Administration. As Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, a position with the rank of Ambassador, Ms. Esserman was responsible for U.S. trade policy and negotiations in the WTO and with Europe, India, Russia, the former Soviet Union, Africa, and the Middle East. She also served as General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she helped to devise U.S. litigation strategy in the early years of WTO dispute resolution. At the Department of Commerce, she served as Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, in which she was the decision maker in hundreds of antidumping and countervailing duty cases. In that capacity, she played a lead role in developing comprehensive U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty trade legislation and regulations implementing U.S. WTO Uruguay Round commitments.
Ms. Esserman is a graduate of Wellesley College and Michigan Law School.