Bonnie Byers joined King & Spalding in 2004 as an international trade economist in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She is responsible for economic analysis of trade litigation and policy analysis of international trade and investment issues. She has 25 years experience in the field of international trade.
Ms. Byers has in-depth experience with international trade and intellectual property concerns, including antidumping/countervailing duty litigation, customs law, Section 301 and Section 337. She has provided economic analysis and negotiation support for clients in conjunction with multilateral trade agreements, including the WTO Doha Round, NAFTA and China PNTR. Ms. Byers has expertise in the technical, economic and political issues surrounding trade relations with China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe and within North America. She is an expert on the issue of Chinese government subsidies. She has represented a variety of clients on customs issues related to tariff reclassification, country of origin, marking requirements and import duty assessment issues. She has managed and participated in major political efforts aimed at opening foreign markets, including the US-Japan Semiconductor Agreement, the Auto Parts Section 301 Case, the Korean semiconductor market and semiconductor tariff reductions in Europe. She has worked on antidumping and countervailing duty cases in Europe, China, Brazil, Australia, and Japan. She has formulated and executed government relations strategies in the trade, tax and government contract areas for several US high-technology firms. She is active in a number of Washington, D.C., policy groups, including the Semiconductor Industry Association and the Committee to Support US Trade Laws.
Ms. Byers has successfully lobbied Congress for changes in the unfair trade and intellectual property laws in conjunction with the 1994 Trade Act, and she has worked with Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate to secure multimillion-dollar grants from DOD to fund two US high-technology projects.
Prior to joining King & Spalding, Ms. Byers was an international trade economist at the law firm of Hale and Dorr in Washington, DC, from 1992-2004. There she worked on behalf of US and foreign clients on antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, and provided counseling and strategic planning for clients in conjunction with WTO, NAFTA and China MFN. Previously, she was an economist in the international trade departments of Morrison & Foerster and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where she worked on Japanese semiconductor and European Union issues, and on antidumping investigations covering imports from non-market economy countries.
Ms. Byers served as an international economist for Import Administration at the US Department of Commerce. Joining the Department in 1984, she assisted in formulating US policy for the implementation of antidumping and countervailing duty laws and worked on a wide array of international trade cases.
Ms. Byers received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California, and her M.A. in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She was a Lyndon B. Johnson Fellow, acting as an aide to Congressman Robert Lagomarsino in Washington, D.C.