June 24, 2002

Alston & Bird Expands Global Capabilities with Establishment of International Trade and Regulatory Group

Renowned International Trade Lawyers Join Washington, D.C. Office

Anticipating increasing business and legal complexities created by the expanding global marketplace, the national law firm Alston & Bird LLP announces that Kenneth G. Weigel, and Paul F. Brinkman have joined the Washington, D.C. office as partners in the firm’s new International Trade and Regulatory Group. All three new partners were previously partners in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis. They are joined by former Kirkland & Ellis associate Robert W. Irish.

Weigel, who co-chairs the new group with Alston & Bird partner Thomas E. Crocker, has more than 20 years of experience in representing both domestic and foreign companies in all aspects of international trade regulation, including trade remedies (antidumping and countervailing duties, safeguards, 337, etc.), customs, export controls, embargoes and economic sanctions.

Kenneth G. Weigel has represented major clients on trade cases and other matters including the representation of several clients in steel trade disputes, as well as Canadian sawmills in the lumber trade dispute, and is currently representing the
South African producer of ferrovanadium in an antidumping duty investigation. At Alston & Bird, he will concentrate on international trade and customs laws, as well as regulations affecting the importation and exportation of merchandise involving the United States and other countries. As these laws are generally based on international agreements
(e.g. WTO, NAFTA) implemented though local laws and regulation, Weigel’s knowledge and experience gained in the U.S. is readily applicable worldwide.

Weigel is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Bar Association. He was the first Chairman of the Customs Law Committee within the ABA’s Section of International Law and Practice. Additionally, Weigel has published a treatise on trade actions, as well as numerous articles regarding customs procedures, antidumping and other international trade issues in domestic and international legal, trade and association venues. He has moderated or been a featured speaker at numerous programs on customs and trade issues in the U.S., Canada, England and Japan.

Paul F. Brinkman’s practice encompasses a wide variety of international trade matters, ranging from counseling and creating compliance programs to administrative and trial litigation in adversarial trade matters.

Assisting multinational clients to resolve trade disputes in such diverse locales as China, Egypt, Mexico, South Africa and India, as well as more local trade actions before the courts and administrative agencies in Washington D.C., Brinkman is well-versed in the intricacies of international trade regulation. Brinkman represented the Chinese steel industry in the recent steel safeguards proceeding, and successfully obtained the exclusion of a Canadian sawmill from the countervailing duty investigation on Canadian lumber, setting new legal precedent for non-exporting producers. Brinkman regularly lectures at bar and academic conferences in the U.S. and abroad on trade matters. He is a member of both the Washington, D.C. and Virginia Bars.

Kenneth Weigel may be reached at 202-756-3431 or kweigel@alston.com.
Paul Brinkman may be reached at 202-756-3403 or pbrinkman@alston.com.
Robert Irish may be reached at 202-756-3446 or rirish@alston.com.
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