Theodore R. Posner is a partner in the International Arbitration practice in Weil, Gotshal & Mangesí Washington, DC office. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Posner worked as a lawyer and senior advisor on international trade and investment law and policy in the legislative and executive branches of the US Government. He counseled members of the committees with jurisdiction over these issues in the US House of Representatives and then in the US Senate. In 2002, he joined the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), where he counseled trade negotiators and represented the United States in arbitrations before panels and the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in cases including the US-EU Airbus dispute and the US-Canada Softwood Lumber dispute. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Posner was director for international trade and investment at the National Security Council (NSC).
Prior to his government service, Mr. Posner practiced at other law firms in Washington and New York, working on both international trade and commercial litigation matters. His practice draws on his experience with U.S. and international law of trade and investment, as reflected in the agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), free trade agreements, and investment treaties. His practice covers international arbitration, strategic counseling relating to international trade and investment agreements and legislation, and national security reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and related proceedings.
Mr. Posner received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in 1990 from Princeton University, where he was a student in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He then studied for a year as a Swiss University Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. In 1994, Ted received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an essays editor on the Yale Law Journal. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
"A Look at the Politics of Current Trade Negotiations", published by Law360 (July 17, 2013).
Book Review: The History of ICSID by Antonio R. Parra, IBA Dispute Resolution International, Vol. 7, No. 1 (May 2013)