Brendan McGivern is the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) practice of White & Case LLP.
He practices international trade law, particularly the law of the WTO. He also has an active practice in public international law, including the negotiation and implementation of environmental treaties.
McGivern advises companies, industry associations and sovereign governments on the full range of WTO rules. He represents WTO Member states in dispute settlement proceedings before panels and the Appellate Body. He counsels sovereign governments on the negotiation of bilateral and regional free trade agreements. He has extensive experience in international energy trade law issues.
McGivern served as a member of the WTO arbitration panel in the US – 1916 Anti-Dumping Act case, which adjudicated a request by the European Communities for retaliatory trade sanctions against the United States.
Prior to joining White & Case, McGivern was the senior legal adviser and the head of the Dispute Settlement section at the Canadian Mission to the WTO in Geneva. He frequently presented arguments to WTO dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body.
McGivern is a regular public commentator on WTO matters, as well as on Brexit. He has been interviewed on CNBC Television, Bloomberg Television, China Central Television and Radio France about WTO issues. He has also been quoted on WTO dispute settlement issues by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CBS News, ABC News, CNBC, USA Today, Business Week, Forbes, Reuters, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Agence France-Presse and National Public Radio.