The president plans to nominate attorney Gilbert Kaplan to serve as under secretary of Commerce for international trade.
April 11th, 2017 [Inside US Trade]
Inside U.S. Trade reported in February that Kaplan would be the pick for the job provided Wilbur Ross was confirmed as Commerce secretary.
Kaplan is a partner at the law firm King & Spalding, in its International Trade Group. “While at the firm, he filed and won the first ever successful United States anti-subsidy cases against China (on coated paper and standard pipe),” the White House said in announcing his name.
He is the co-founder of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the first and only university program in the country focusing on what public policy actions should be taken to revitalize United States manufacturing. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and the First Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, where he supervised over 500 trade remedy cases. He was a key negotiator of the United States-Japan Semiconductor Agreement. Previously, he was the Director of the Office of Investigations at the Department of Commerce, in charge of day-to-day trade remedy law administration.
Kaplan has also served as the president of the Committee to Support U. S. Trade Laws, which a bio says is “an organization of companies, trade associations, unions and individuals dedicated to preserving and enhancing the U.S. trade remedy laws.”