Rod Hunter, a partner based in the Washington, DC office of Baker McKenzie, practices trade and investment law.
He previously served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and senior director for international economics at the National Security Council (NSC), the White House office that coordinates trade policy and supervises CFIUS. In that role, he managed CFIUS cases, including negotiating resolution of the most sensitive cases. A recognized expert in the field, he has served in civil litigation as an expert witness regarding CFIUS, and testified before Congress during the legislative process leading to recent amendments to CFIUS’ authorizing legislation.
Previously, in addition to coordinating U.S. trade policy at the White House’s NSC, he served as senior counsel at the US Trade Representative’s office, where he litigated cases before the World Trade Organization. He has also taught trade law and policy at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and has testified before the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Earlier in his career, Rod practiced regulatory law in Brussels, Belgium for a decade, served as a judicial clerk to Judge Boyce F. Martin, US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and served as an associate to Chief Justice Sir Anthony Mason, High Court of Australia.
Rod advises on international trade and investment policy and regulatory matters. Regarding investment, Rod regularly advises international and domestic firms on U.S. foreign investment regulation, including reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and procedures relating to mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) under national industrial security regulations.
On trade, Rod regularly counsels firms and industry groups on international and U.S. trade matters. He advises on compliance of national regulation with international obligations (e.g., WTO agreements, and bilateral trade and investment agreements), on aspects of U.S. export control and supply chain regulation, and on other trade measures, such as Section 301 investigations.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- German Marshall Fund of the United States, Non-Resident Senior Fellow
- Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia, Advisory Board Member and Lecturer
- District of Columbia~United States (1990)
- Virginia~United States (1989)
- University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.) (1986)
- Hampden-Sydney College (B.A.) (1982)
"Protecting US Critical Technology and Infrastructure and Reshaping CFIUS," Baker McKenzie Trade Crossroads (Nov. 9, 2017)
"The Grassley-Brown Bill, A New Approach to Foreign Investment Reviews," Baker McKenzie Trade Crossroads (Oct. 25, 2017)
"CFIUS Report Highlights Investment Trends," Baker McKenzie Trade Crossroads (Oct. 6, 2017)
"Why TTIP Is Stuck in the Muck," Politico, 16 January 2016
"Why India Needs Stronger IPR," Business Standard (India), 22 August 2015