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John F. McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie LLP


John F. McKenzie 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.

John has written and spoken extensively on United States export controls, import trade regulation, anti-boycott regulation, international antitrust matters, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the international distribution and protection of computer software. His articles on those topics have appeared in the proceedings of the University of Southern California Tax Institute, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, the Boycott Law Bulletin, the proceedings of the Arizona State University Computer Law Institute, the proceedings of the University of Southern California Computer Law Institute, the Computer Lawyer and the International Lawyer.

Practice Focus

John's practice is focused on cross-border transactions and international trade regulation, including planning and structuring international investments. He also has significant experience in international commercial and technology in both development and transfer transactions. John also advises on customs and import regulations, export controls and international corporate compliance

Professional Honors

  • Leading Lawyer - International Trade, The Legal 500 USA 2020 

  • Exclusive winner, Lexology Client Choice Award for International Trade (California), 2013-2014

  • Exclusive winner, Lexology Client Choice Award for General Corporate (United States), 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - International Law Section
  • California Council for International Trade - Legislative Council
  • District Export Council for Northern California
  • 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

Previous Offices

  • Chicago