2001: Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. Trade Representative

Charlene Barshefsky is a senior international partner at WilmerHale, where she advises Fortune 100 and other multinational companies on trade litigation, dispute resolution, government relations strategy, and U.S. commercial and regulatory issues. Over the years, she has shared her knowledge of U.S. and foreign trade laws and public procurement regimes in writings and lectures. Barshefsky is well known for her intensive preparation and attention to detail in her conduct of negotiations. She has served as vice chair of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), a member of the ABA Governing Council, and chair of the ABA Publications Committee.

The Great Negotiator Award was presented to Barshefsky in 2001, in recognition of her work in a variety of highly complex and sensitive trade negotiations during her term as U.S. trade representative, the country’s top trade negotiator, under former President Clinton.


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