Andrew W. Shoyer - Sidley Austin LLP

Andrew W. Shoyer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

ANDREW W. SHOYER is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin LLP and chairs the firm’s international trade and dispute resolution practice. Mr. Shoyer focuses on the implementation and enforcement of international trade and investment agreements. Drawing on his experience at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and with the WTO, Mr. Shoyer advises companies, trade associations and governments on the use of WTO, NAFTA and other treaty-based trade and investment rules to open markets and resolve disputes.  He works extensively with manufacturers and service providers on WTO compliance in Asia, and on protection of intellectual property in bilateral and regional free trade negotiations. He has also assisted a global telecommunications services supplier in WTO dispute settlement proceedings to combat unfair conditions of competition in Mexico, and a Brazilian trade association in the use of WTO rules to address regulatory barriers in Europe affecting trade in renewable fuels. Mr. Shoyer spent seven years at USTR, serving most recently as Legal Advisor in the U.S. Mission to the WTO in Geneva. He was the principal negotiator for the United States of the rules implementing the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding, and has briefed and argued numerous WTO cases before dispute settlement panels and the WTO Appellate Body. Prior to his arrival in Geneva, Mr. Shoyer was Assistant General Counsel at USTR in Washington, D.C., where he served as principal legal counsel in the negotiation of the market access rules of the NAFTA, as well as the framework agreements with various Latin American countries.  He also worked on numerous trade policy issues with Congress and the economic agencies of the Executive Branch. Mr. Shoyer is an adjunct faculty member in international trade policy at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University.

University of PennsylvaniaBA 1981Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. 1986Georgetown UniversityMS 1986
U.S. China Business CouncilNetter Center for Community PartnershipsFoundation for Retinal Research

Case History

Canada - Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation Sector — Counsel in the first World Trade Organization dispute to address the implications of international rules on subsidies and government procurement for public support of renewable energy.
European Union - Measures Affecting the Approval and Marketing of Biotech Products — Counsel in the first World Trade Organzation dispute to address the application of international trade rules regarding food safety to the regulation of agricultural biotechnology.
Mexico - Measures Affecting Telecommunications Services — Counsel in the first World Trade Organization dispute on basic telecommunications, and on the application of antitrust rules in an international trade dispute
USITC Inv No. 332-543 - Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India: Effects on the U.S. Economy — US International Trade Commission investigation pursuant to Section 332 of the Tariff Act of 1930

Client Comments

"Mr. Shoyer is one of the best strategic legal practitioners with whom I have worked in 25 years. He has a keen sense of practicality and realism that informs his strategic counsel and eliminates unnecessary (and expensive) analyses and work. When approaching a complex governmental submission, Shoyer focused on the high value aspects of the submission and consciously delayed completion of the other components until the government indicated that such were needed. Interestingly, the other components were never required or requested. The authenticity and ethics of Shoyer are exceptional, and indeed, essential in the global trade practice in which he excels. He is not one to shift positions based on what a client wants to hear or the possibility of new work. On more than one occasion, he has declined to undertake work that he thought would add little to no value to us, his client. Shoyer also has extraordinary anticipatory skills which he couples with his thorough knowledge and experience in international trade. Recently I sent him a question related to the interpretation of a WTO agreement. In my message I indicated the negotiation at which I was present and he was able to determine who was likely in the conversation and why the interpretation would matter given his experience with our company and the issues we face in international trade. When he responded, he addressed the interpretation in a detailed and dimensional manner, providing insights into why others who might be in the conversation would/could have an alternative interpretation and how we could advance and reconcile our views. Mr. Shoyer is a respectful, thoughtful, and skilled attorney with whom I hope to have the privilege of working for the remainder of my career."

"Andrew Shoyer has a long experience in the area of international trade laws in particular on the WTO. His response is timely, effective, and of high quality."

Office Location

1501 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Practice Areas

International Trade and Finance Law

Other Information

Gender: Male