Professional Biography

Michael P. House Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, International Trade & Transactions Practice

  • Washington, D.C.

    D +1.202.654.6288

    F +1.202.654.6211

    Washington, D.C.

    700 13th Street, NW, Suite 800

    Washington, DC 20005-3960


  • Beijing

    D +86.10.6561.8188

    F +86.10.5971.9301


    Suite 3501, China World Office Tower 1, No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District


  • Shanghai

    T +86.21.6841.1188

    F +86.21.6841.1198



Michael House, a partner in the firm’s Business practice, focuses his practice in international trade law with a particular focus on Asia. Michael advises and represents clients in all aspects of trade remedy investigations under U.S. antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard laws, as well as on export licensing and export control matters. He also advises clients in bilateral and multilateral disputes before the World Trade Organization. Michael counsels clients on Customs issues involving import transactions including entry, classification and valuation, and on U.S. international trade policy including free-trade agreements, trade negotiations and investigations of market access and import competition.

Michael regularly represents clients in matters before the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of State and other federal and local agencies. He has served as the lead litigation counsel in cases brought before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michael represents clients in a broad cross-section of industry sectors, including such major industries as semiconductors, steel, consumer electronics, paper, chemicals and textiles, and involving exports from a wide variety of countries including Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia, Ecuador, Canada, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia and the Philippines.

Professional Recognition

  • Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for Trade and Finance Law, Beijing, 2020, 2021
  • Ranked Band 1 in Chambers Asia-Pacific, China - International Trade/WTO (International Firms), 2019 – 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Government Relations Practice; International Trade and Finance Law, 2012 – 2024
  • Ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific, China - International Trade/WTO (International Firms), 2018
  • Ranked Band 3 in Chambers Asia-Pacific, China - International Trade/WTO (International Firms), 2016
  • Listed in Chambers Global Guide, 2020 – 2021
  • Listed in Chambers USA as a Recognized Practitioner for International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy, 2016, 2018 – 2019
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs, 2014, 2016, 2022
  • Listed by Legal Media Group in the Expert Guides for International Trade
  • Ranked as leader in field of WTO/International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy by Chambers Global, 2007 – 2009
  • Nationally ranked as leader in field of International Trade by Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” 2005 – 2008
  • Listed in International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers, 2006 – 2008

Professional Leadership

  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 19 Roster of Binational Panelists, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Bar, Member
  • U.S. Court of International Trade Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association, Member

Related Employment

  • Kaye Scholer LLP, Washington, D.C., Partner and Co-Chair, International Trade Practice, 1994 – 2004
  • Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, Washington, D.C., Partner and senior member of International Trade Practice, 1990 – 1994
  • Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, Washington, D.C., Associate, 1982 – 1989; Partner, 1990


  • Hon. Walter Ely, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1981 - 1982





Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1981, Managing Editor, Texas Law Review
  • Southern Methodist University, B.F.A., magna cum laude, 1978


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