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Ambassador Susan G. Esserman
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Susan G. Esserman, a graduate of Wellesley College (BA) and the University of Michigan Law School (JD), is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she is Chair of the firm's International Department and serves on the Executive Committee. Ms. Esserman provides legal and strategic advice to domestic and foreign clients on expanding access to global markets and represents clients in international trade litigation and dispute resolution matters. Ms. Esserman previously served as Deputy United States Trade Representative, the second ranking official at USTR, with the standing of Ambassador, and she held three additional senior posts at USTR and the Department of Commerce, including USTR General Counsel, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, and General Counsel of Commerce. As Deputy USTR, Ambassador Esserman was responsible for US trade policy and negotiations in the WTO and with Europe, India, Russia, the former Soviet Union, Africa, and the Middle East. Ms. Esserman is a frequent speaker and writer on trade law and policy, WTO, and India issues, she is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and she sits on the boards of directors of the US-India Business Council, the Aschiana Foundation, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.