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John F. McKenzie

Senior Counsel
Baker & McKenzie LLP


Mr. McKenzie's practice is focused on cross-border transactions and international trade regulation, including:

  • Export Controls, Economic Sanctions Regulation, Customs and Import Regulation
  • Integrated Corporate Compliance and Anti-Corruption Compliance: Advisory and Investigations
  • International commercial and technology development and transfer transactions

Mr. McKenzie was articles editor at the Harvard Law Review from 1975-1976. Between college and law school Mr. McKenzie served in the Peace Corps in the northwestern mountains of Guatemala. He joined Baker & McKenzie in 1976. Since that time, he has worked in Baker & McKenzie offices in Caracas, Venezuela and Taipei, Taiwan, in addition to San Francisco.

For the past 40 years, Mr. McKenzie has arranged and chaired the annual Baker McKenzie Import/Export Conference, the leading international trade regulation and compliance conference in the West Coast of the United States.

Professional Honors

Mr. McKenzie has been recognized as a leading international trade practitioner by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Global Law Exports, and Corporate International.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - International Law Section
  • Association of Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers - Associate Member


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit~United States (1984)
  • California~United States (1976)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California~United States (1976)
  • Court of International Trade~United States


  • Harvard University (JD, cum laude) (1976)
  • Williams College (BA, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) (1969)


  • English
  • Spanish

Mr. McKenzie has written and spoken extensively on United States export controls, import trade regulation, anti-boycott regulation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the international distribution and protection of computer software. His most recent publications include:

“U.S. Export Controls on Internet Software Transactions,” 44 International Lawyer. 857 (2010).

“Foreign Corrupt Practices Anti-Corruption Issues for Import/Export Corporations,” 47 International Lawyer 43 (2013). 

“Section 301 Duty Mitigation Strategies,” Bureau of National Affairs (2019).