Michael Gadbaw


Michael Gadbaw

International Trade and International Business

Michael Gadbaw’s career covers over three decades in Washington as an international lawyer, beginning as a White House intern in the summer of 1975. He is currently dividing his time among: academic pursuits, researching and teaching about global regulation at Georgetown Law Center; working with nonprofits toward the advancement of rule of law in emerging markets (Co-Chair of the US-China Legal Cooperation Foundation and Partners for Democratic Change); and as a private consultant. His practice included five years as a government attorney in the US Treasury and the Office of the US Trade Representative (1975-1980), an associate and partner in private practice at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard and McPherson (1980-1985) and Dewey Ballantine (1985-1990) and as a Vice President and Senior Counsel at General Electric (1990-2008) where he had responsibilities for global government relations, transactions support, compliance, regulations and policy. He has a J.D. from the University of Michigan, a B.A. from Fordham University and a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards and is a Senior Advisor to the US-Asean Business Council and Oxford Analytica.

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NOVEMBER 17, 2016
“How Donald Trump Could Remake Global Trade With A Pen”
By Haley Sweetland Edwards, Time
Quoting Professor Michael Gadbaw

NOVEMBER 15, 2016
“Trump’s Vow to Target China’s Currency Could Be First Step to Trade War”
By Ian Talley, The Wall Street Journal
Quoting Professor Michael Gadbaw


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