Professional Biography

David S. Christy, Jr. Senior Counsel



David Christy represents companies and governments on a wide variety of international trade matters, including World Trade Organization (WTO) and free trade agreement (FTA) litigation and negotiations, trade remedies, trade policy, customs and anti-corruption, including matters arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  David's worldwide representations include serving (with a colleague) as the first private counsel to argue a WTO member government's case before a WTO panel, and representing Saudi Arabia in its accession to the WTO.  His achievements during more than two decades of practice have earned him a reputation as a “noted trade litigator” and a "recognized WTO expert," according to Chambers & Partners USA and Chambers & Partners Global.

David focuses on WTO and FTA negotiations and dispute settlement, U.S. trade policy and U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings.  In addition to guiding clients through complex trade litigation, he designs and implements lobbying efforts before Congress and the executive branch as well as before foreign governments.  Sovereign clients he has represented include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Oman, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, St. Lucia, Taiwan and Thailand.  He has advised sovereigns on a multitude of trade issues, ranging from subsidies and anti-dumping duties, to labeling and product specifications, to government procurement, services and intellectual property.  He has advised clients in a variety of industry sectors, including various agricultural products, aircraft and aircraft engines, automobiles, bearings, chemicals, computer chips, distilled spirits, electronics, energy, financial and other services, polysilicon, solar cells and modules, and steel and other metals.

David is an adjunct and visiting professor at several prestigious institutions.  Since 1997, he has taught courses at the Georgetown University Law Center on the GATT and WTO Agreements, the Uruguay and Doha Rounds, WTO disputes and U.S. trade policy.  In 2014, he received the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.  He is a member of the faculty of the Academy of WTO Law and Policy at the Institute of International Economic Law, where he serves as a Senior Fellow.  He also is a visiting professor at Catholic University of Lyon in France.

A graduate of The University of Chicago Law School, David has been quoted extensively by the BBC, Voice of America and other global media on international trade and WTO  issues, and has been published in Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, Global Policy Journal and other publications that focus on international economic issues.


Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in Chambers & Partners USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, International Trade, Nationwide
  • Recognized in Chambers & Partners Global: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (USA)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 - 2018: International Trade and Finance Law
  • Listed by Legal Media Group in the Expert Guides for International Trade
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
  • Recognized in The Guide to World's Best International Trade Lawyers (Eurobusiness)
  • Recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, Trade & Customs
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., International Law
  • Recipient of the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award, Georgetown University Law Center





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • New York

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • U.S. Court of International Trade


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • The University of Kansas, B.A., Philosophy, Political Science and Psychology,
    with distinction and departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa


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