Peele III, B. Thomas

B. Thomas Peele III

Senior Counsel
Baker & McKenzie LLP


Tom Peele mainly handles trade regulatory matters such as antidumping and countervailing duty cases and litigation work involving foreign states and their agencies and instrumentalities. In addition to the Firm's Washington DC office, Mr. Peele also has experience working in Baker McKenzie's Beijing and Hong Kong offices. He has written a number of reports and articles for various publications on the law of foreign sovereign immunity and trade remedies. He was a Danforth Graduate Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and the recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Award in Chinese Studies.

Practice Focus

Mr. Peele advises industry clients — including producers of steel, electronics, agricultural products and lumber - on antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, as well as matters before the United States Trade Representative and trade-related matters affected by the World Trade Organization Agreements. He also handles transnational litigation and arbitration, especially litigation involving foreign governments or state-owned enterprises. Mr. Peele also has a background in the negotiation of agreements of various kinds of investments into China.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented the largest private Canadian stakeholder in the mammoth antidumping and countervailing duty dispute against softwood lumber from Canada, with stakeholder's duty deposits at issue approaching USD1 billion.
  • Represented a large electronics manufacturer in antidumping investigation, administrative reviews and customs fraud investigation alleging millions in duties evaded and resulting in minimal assessment.
  • Represented the People's Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and various Chinese, Saudi, Australian, East Timorese and Ukrainian state-owned enterprises and agencies in US court litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA).
  • Successfully defended the People's Republic of China against a USD41 million claim in its first appearance in a foreign court.
  • Successfully defended the Russian Federation against a USD196 million claim.
  • Successfully defended the Joint Petroleum Authority of Australia and East Timor against a multi-billion dollar claim involving Timor Sea Petroleum.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Society of International Law
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Asia Society


  • U.S. Supreme Court~United States (1987)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit~United States (1983)
  • District of Columbia~United States (1983)
  • U.S. Court of International Trade~United States (1983)


  • Harvard University (1981)
  • University of California at Berkeley (1977)
  • University of Virginia (1969)


  • Chinese
  • English

Previous Offices

  • Hong Kong