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Alan M. Dunn, Esq.
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Washington DC Attorney
Alan M. Dunn, Esq.

Phone: 202.315.0765


Languages: English

Mr. Dunn joined Stewart and Stewart as a partner in 1998 and has practiced international trade law since 1980. He is a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce and served as one of the lead U.S. negotiators in the multilateral GATT Uruguay Round negotiations, which established the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations with Mexico and Canada.

Mr. Dunn was among the senior U.S. officials responsible for forming and implementing trade-related policy and acted as the administrator of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws, as well as several other U.S. trade programs. He also held trade policy responsibility for several industry sectors, including telecommunications, microelectronics, computers, pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals, and metals. He participated in a wide range of bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations dealing with a number of sectoral trade disputes, such as the 1991 U.S.-Japan Semiconductor Arrangement, the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances, and the High Enriched Uranium (HEU) Agreement with Russia.

Mr. Dunn has worked on matters and advised clients in a variety of industries, including:

  • Establishing and representing the international consortium of primary aluminum producers that achieved the 1994 Aluminum MOU
  • Secured the first presidential waiver under the Arms Export Control Act for a license under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations for a chemical engineering firm to destroy chemical weapons of mass destruction abroad
  • Provided trade and WTO analysis for U.S. energy company to successfully secure the first export licenses for liquefied natural gas (LNG) to both FTA and non-FTA countries
  • Represented satellite launch and services company in successful application for approval under sanctions law to privatize international organization with sanctioned owners including Cuba and Iran as well as before Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) under the Exon-Florio Amendment.
  • Applied for numerous Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) classifications as well as technology and product export licenses from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for medical devices, chemical products, agricultural products, high technology electronics, linear accelerators, telecommunications, software, and encryption products.
  • Won grants of numerous export licenses, technology assistance agreements, manufacturing license agreements, and security agreements under the authority of the State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) for manufacturers of munitions, military aircraft, and armor products controlled under the U.S. Munitions List (USML) as well as before the ATF for approval of permanent imports of armor controlled under the U.S. Munitions Import List (USMIL)
  • Advised and represented energy exploration and production companies as well as energy trading companies on economic sanctions, antiboycott, and foreign corrupt practices laws.
  • Represented companies manufacturing and trading chemicals, primary metals, metal alloys synthetic rubber, electronic equipment, machinery, tools, spices, paints, glass, fabrics of man-made and natural fibers, and other industry sectors in customs matters including protests, litigation, audits, prior disclosures, classifications, rule of origin determinations, and compliance with customs and foreign trade regulations

With extensive experience in international policy-making, negotiations, and most U.S. laws related to trade and exports, Mr. Dunn represents clients on a wide range of trade issues such as economic sanctions and embargoes, export controls on military and dual-use items, market access, antidumping and countervailing duties, safeguards (section 201), section 301 proceedings, the generalized system of preferences (GSP) program, customs, antiboycott laws, National Industrial Security Program regulations, and other laws related to trade. He has represented numerous corporations and sovereigns in various types of trade actions before the governments of the U.S. and other nations, including negotiated settlements such as the 1994 Aluminum MOU. He also has assisted several nations with the drafting of their trade laws, defense and prosecution of claims under the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism, and is a frequent speaker and contributing author on international trade issues.

He served as a Member of the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) under two presidents and continues to serve on the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee, President and Director of the American Australian Education Leadership Foundation, as well as a director or principal in a number of profit and not for profit organizations. Before practicing law, Mr. Dunn was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service at the Department of State.

Government Experience

  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce 1991 – 1993
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce 1989 – 1991
  • Executive Assistant to the Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 1984 – 1985
  • U. S. Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State 1975 – 1980
  • Member, U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) appointed by President Bush 2003, reappointed by President Obama 2009 – 2011

Articles & Publications

Focus Areas

  • Trade Remedies Practice
  • Customs
  • Trade Agreements
  • Import & Export Controls
  • Administrative Law and Judicial Review
  • Intellectual Property
  • Export and Import Issues
  • Energy Policies
  • International Transactional Services


  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1980
  • George Mason University, B.S., 1975
  • Academy of International Law, International Court of Justice, The Hague – Post graduate studies in private international law 1979


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

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


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Washington International Trade Association
  • Council for Excellence in Government

News & Announcements

Rapidly Expanding Sanctions Programs Being Created in the Wake of the Crimean Crisis

Major New Reforms of U.S. Export Control Laws Force Businesses and Individuals to Comply With Changing Export Licensing Rules  - By: Alan M. Dunn and Jennifer M. Smith (Paradigm Winter 2014)

Stewart and Stewart Attorney Analyzes Export Restrictions on Natural Gas; Finds DOE Policy Could be Challenged

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