Stephen Orava


Stephen Orava

Stephen Orava is Chair of King & Spalding’s International Trade Practice Group and divides his time between the Washington, D.C. office and the Geneva office, where he was formerly Managing Partner.  He advises clients on a wide range of international trade, market access, investment, climate change, and other regulatory and policy matters, including related litigation and enforcement actions.

Mr. Orava has substantial experience under the various agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), with a particular focus on the General Agreement on Trade in Services, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.  He also has substantial experience in WTO dispute settlement cases, including the drafting of written submissions and the presentation of oral arguments before panels and the Appellate Body.  For example, he advised clients in the context of the first WTO dispute settlement case, the first case under the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement, and the first case under the WTO Agreement on Safeguards.

Mr. Orava also represents clients in anti-dumping, countervailing duty (anti-subsidy), and safeguard proceedings in Australia, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Korea, Mexico, the United States, and other countries.  His experience covers a broad range of sectors, including chemicals, steel, textiles, agriculture, and certain high-tech products.

Mr. Orava is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of international trade by Chambers USA; Chambers Global; The Legal 500 U.S.; The Legal 500 Switzerland; Who’s Who Legal Trade and Customs; Super Lawyers; and World’s Leading International Trade Lawyers. He was awarded the inaugural 2012 MVP for International Trade by Law360.

Mr. Orava attended undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University and the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.


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