Charles S. Levy


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Charles Levy focuses on legal and policy issues covering a broad range of international trade, investment, finance, economic sanctions, and export control matters.

Mr. Levy is experienced in devising and implementing strategies for using trade laws, international litigation, and international negotiations to achieve business objectives, and in resolving disputes between companies and governments. In the area of international negotiations, he has worked on every major U.S. bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiation since the GATT Tokyo Round; and in the area of U.S. international trade and investment laws, he has worked on every major U.S. trade act since the Trade Act of 1974.

Mr. Levy was a partner at WilmerHale until 2009, where he chaired the firm’s International Trade Practice Group. After retiring from WilmerHale, he was a founding partner in Cassidy Levy Kent.

Government Service

Mr. Levy served as Counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Foreign Economic Policy, Legislative Assistant to Senator Adlai E. Stevenson, Legislative Assistant to Congressman John C. Culver, and Legal Advisor to Commissioner Paula Stern at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Mr. Levy has also served on several U.S. government trade and investment advisory committees, including the U.S. Trade Representative’s Advisory Committees on Intellectual Property Rights, Investment and Services, and Investment Policy, where he served as Chairman of the Task Force on Bilateral Investment Treaties, and the U.S. Department of State’s Investment Advisory Committee and its Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy.

Professional Activities

Mr. Levy is a member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International USA, a non-governmental organization dedicated to combating bribery and corruption in international business transactions. He has also served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Standing Committee on Extortion and Bribery. Mr. Levy was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School from 1982-1984.

Mr. Levy has also served on a wide variety of Study Groups under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations; and is a member of the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Task Force on Trade and Investment.

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized repeatedly in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in America; and Washington D.C.’s Best Lawyers.
  • Included on the National Journal’s list of the 150 most influential private sector representatives in Washington, DC (1986)


  • JD, George Washington University Law School, with honors
  • BA, Boston University, with Distinction in Government

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court for International Trade

Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • “What the WTO Needs to Address to Stay Relevant,” Academy of WTO Law and Policy, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., November 2014.
  • “US-EU Free Trade Agreement: Recipe for Growth or Road to Nowhere?,” CATO Institute, February 2013.
  • “A New Era for Transatlantic Trade Leadership: A Report from the Transatlantic Task Force on Trade and Investment,” German Marshall Fund of the United States, February 2012.
  • “Emerging Issues: Investment,” Academy of WTO Law & Policy, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., November 2011.
  • “The China Model: Next Generation Trade and Investment Solutions — Industrial Policy and State-Owned Enterprise,” AmChan China Conference on the China Model and the U.S. Dilemma, May 2011.


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