Rod Hunter

Rod Hunter

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Rod Hunter is a partner based in the Washington, DC office of Baker McKenzie. He previously served as senior director for international economics at the National Security Council (NSC), the White House office that coordinates international trade policy and supervises national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In that role, he managed CFIUS cases, including negotiating resolution of the most sensitive cases, coordinating the administration’s legislative, communications, and diplomatic outreach in particular cases, and developing the government’s procedures for incorporating intelligence agencies’ assessments. He also served as senior counsel at the US Trade Representative’s office, where he litigated cases before the World Trade Organization.

Prior to joining the Firm, Rod served as Senior Vice President, International Affairs, at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where he led the industry’s international policy agenda, and as Vice President, European Government Programs, at the IBM. Earlier, he 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.

Practice Focus

Rod advises on international trade and investment policy and regulatory matters, with an emphasis on foreign investment reviews before CFIUS.

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
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies, Asia Economic Strategy Commission, Commissioner


  • 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)


  • English
  • French


"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