Amb. Mickey Kantor
Partner, Mayer Brown and former Secretary of Commerce and United State Trade Representative
Ambassador Mickey Kantor is a Partner at Mayer Brown’s Washington, D.C. office. At the firm, Mr. Kantor focuses on corporate and financial international transactions drawing upon his experience navigating market access issues and helping clients with trade, direct investment, joint ventures, and strategic business alliances.
Mr. Kantor’s past positions includes appointments as United States Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce. He initially began his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy before attending law school and working for Legal Services Corporation. Mr. Kantor later practiced at Manatt, Phelps, Phillips & Kantor, a Los Angeles-based firm, before his appointments as Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce. In the latter roles, he advocated U.S. positions on trade agreements, removing trade barriers and lowering taxes on imports. His efforts resulted in the negotiation of hundreds of trade agreements said to have generated close to $100 billion in contracts for U.S. businesses. Mr. Kantor joined Mayer Brown in 1997 after serving as Secretary of Commerce. In 2006, Chambers Global, a publisher of research and rankings for law firms around the globe, noted that Mr. Kantor was “arguably the finest trade negotiator in the world.”
Mr. Kantor received a B.A. in Business and Economics from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Source: U.S. Saudi Business Forum