Alan Wolff

Alan Wolff
Senior Counsel

Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff is a member of the International Trade Practice. The practice specializes in all aspects of seeking to improve the international competitive position of major clients. The Practice is active in efforts to obtain market access and limit trade-distorting practices and other burdens on trade through our support of bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral negotiations among interested governments, and through litigation where warranted, against dumping and subsidies, private anticompetitive practices, violations of intellectual property rights and trade-related investment performance requirements. Wolff has been principal litigation counsel in many of the largest trade cases on record, and is actively participating in giving advice to participants and stakeholders in the Trans Pacific Partnership and Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.  

Ambassador Wolff serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC); is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Science Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) Board of the National Academies. He is Co-chair of the Academies' Innovation Policy Forum and Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy. He is a National Associate of the National Academies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He recently served as a member of the Board of the US-China Legal Cooperation Fund, the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), and chaired the Committee on Comparative Innovation Policy of the National Academies’ STEP Board.  He has lectured at numerous universities and is the author of an extensive range of papers on international trade policy matters. 

Ambassador Wolff served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (1977-1979), with the rank of ambassador. As Deputy Trade Representative, he played a key role in the formulation of American trade policy and its implementation, including leading international trade negotiations for the United States. He served as General Counsel of the Agency from 1974-1977, and was responsible for drafting major trade legislation. From 1968-1973, Mr. Wolff was a lawyer dealing with international monetary, trade and development issues at the Treasury Department.


Ambassador Wolff is recognized in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers and Chambers Globalfor International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the field of International Trade and Finance Law and by Super Lawyers in the field of International Business & Transactions.

Recent Events

May 6, 2016

Please join ITIF for discussion of a new Nathan Associates report, The Semiconductor Global Value Chain: Generating Economic Benefits and Spurring Innovation, which outlines the benefits of participating in the global supply chain and the costs of going it alone—for nations and the world.

February 14, 2013

An event that will explore the causes, evidence, and consequences of faltering U.S. competitiveness.

January 17, 2013

Does competition and trade with China increase innovation and productivity?

December 13, 2012

China’s semiconductor industry poses an interesting advanced manufacturing puzzle.