2017 Legal Services Provider of the Year Finalists
Burr & Forman LLP
Founded more than 100 years ago, Burr & Forman LLP is firmly rooted in providing legal services to the steel industry. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the firm first represented U.S. Steel Corporation in 1918 in one of the earliest steel antitrust cases in U.S. history. Since then, Burr has grown into a national firm and has worked with the countrys largest steel corporations, providing a wide range of legal services from project inception through operations.
The breadth of areas in support of the steel industry ranges from economic incentives for development to project construction, mergers and acquisitions and various forms of counsel. Burr was instrumental in helping ThyssenKrupp Steel and Stainless negotiate $1 billion in economic incentives from the state of Alabama for the construction of a carbon and stainless mill near Mobile. The $5 billion for new construction of these mills was the largest private economic development investment in the states history.
Todays owners of those facilities are Burr clients as well. Burr has also handled billions of dollars in construction projects from site selection through design, construction, commissioning and operations.
Burrs long-term commitment to the steel industry involves close counsel with the management team, integration and understanding the business. Based on both its longevity with the industry and deep experience with capital projects, Burr is familiar with many of the issues that metals clients are likely to encounter during construction and operations.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
For decades, the attorneys and economists at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP have provided a large portion of the U.S. steel industry with critical international trade counsel and advocacy. The firms team of international trade attorneys works with domestic steel producers to initiate trade remedy proceedings before the U.S. Commerce Department, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U. S. Trade Representatives (USTRs) office to impose duties on imports and reduce trade barriers abroad.
Kelley Drye, an international firm with a trade practice located in Washington, D.C., has filed more than 220 cases since the mid 1980s and claims one of the highest success rates in anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions. In addition to regularly appearing before the U.S. trade agencies in trade remedy cases, the firms trade group works in concert with its government relations and public policy group to advocate for the steel industry on issues that involve law, economics, politics and public relations.
The firms export control and sanctions team helped the company navigate through significant changes as a result of the Export Control Reform Act and created a comprehensive data management plan covering technical data subject to International Trade in Arms Regulations controls. On the legislative front, Kelley Drye attorneys recently worked with the firms government relations team to advance the passage of the Trade Protection Authority to allow the President to negotiate international agreements, along with other significant legislative efforts including the American Trade Enforcement Effectiveness Act and others.
Morris Manning & Martin, LLP
The attorneys for Morris Manning & Martin, LLP work with a broad range of clients including U.S. corporations, foreign corporations and foreign governments in trade negotiations and trade actions before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and other federal courts. Attorneys in the firms international trade group also have extensive experience before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Recent significant achievements include representation of Borusan Mannesmann in the Court of International Trade in its appeal of Commerces affirmative countervailing duty determination for oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from Turkey. In early 2016, the court agreed with Borusans argument and overturned parts of Commerces affirmative ruling, significantly reducing Borusans margins.
Morris Manning & Martins international trade group also represented Bell Supply Company, a U.S. importer of OCTG from China, in an appeal of a Commerce scope determination that certain green tube processed in third countries prior to importation into the United States falls within the scope of anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders from China.
Morris Manning & Martins international trade group obtained favorable rulings for its clients that allowed the clients to avoid unjustly imposed duties and receive the lowest possible duty margins.
Schagrin Associates handles the full range of legal advocacy in international trade disputes and proceedings. In the United States, this includes representing clients in matters before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and other federal courts. The firm also lobbies the executive and legislative branches of government regarding international trade legislation, the enforcement and interpretation of trade laws and other issues relating to international trade.
The firm filed six trade cases in 2015, three on behalf of the pipe and tube industry and three on behalf of flat-rolled producers in conjunction with counsel for other flat-rolled producers. All six cases received affirmative determinations at both Commerce and the ITC in 2016, with orders imposed that same year. These actions will bring much-needed relief to the pipe and tube and flat-rolled industries in the United States.
With these trade-case victories, the clients of Schagrin Associates are able to fairly compete in the domestic marketplace, regaining market share from imports and sustaining manufacturing operations in the United States. The firms pipe and tube clients believe that these actions will help them continue to fight imports in the U.S. market.
Wiley Rein LLP
With one of the nations largest and most diverse international trade groups, Wiley Rein LLP advocates for U.S. steel companies faced with unfair trade practices. The firms international trade practice provides solutions for its clients through a blend of legal expertise, trade policy thought leadership and public relations capabilities. Wiley Rein is one of the leading firms in trade remedy proceedings representing U.S. producers and is among a limited number of practices that regularly serves as principal counsel for major unfair trade investigations.
Wiley Rein further distinguishes itself with its extensive experience in trade matters involving China. In April 2016, the firms international trade practice published a comprehensive report on global steel overcapacity. Practice chair Alan Price testified on the reports findings before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In recent years, Wiley Rein has been leading steel industry efforts to use trade laws across numerous product lines such as hot-rolled, cold-rolled, and corrosion-resistant sheet, plate and rebar. These are the broadest and most important trade cases filed by the steel industry in 15 years. Because of its successes and long-standing advocacy of the steel industry, Wiley Rein has been named one of Law360s Practice Group of the Year for seven consecutive years.