Dean A. Pinkert
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International Trade Commissioner
President George W. Bush nominated him on September 7, 2006 and again on January 9, 2007. The United States Senate confirmed him on February 1, 2007. Pinkert became Vice Chairman of the Commission on June 17, 2014.
- Pinkert represented the United States in resolving the dispute over Canadian softwood lumber. He has also worked on international trade proceedings involving steel, apple juice, corn syrup, mushrooms, wheat, and Mexican cement.
- Pinkert was a senior attorney (2001–2006) in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration in the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce. In that position, his work included serving as liaison with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, counsel to the Foreign Trade Zone program, advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative in various trade negotiations, and litigation counsel in antidumping and countervailing duty matters before domestic and international tribunals.
- During 2001, Pinkert served as the Trade and Judiciary Counsel to Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), who strongly endorsed Pinkert for the USITC, as did Senator Rockefeller (D-WV).
- From 1998 through 2000, Pinkert was a senior associate in the Litigation and Trade group in the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding, where he represented U.S. companies in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. He also handled, and supervised, export control matters for the group.
- Pinkert was an Attorney-Advisor (1990–1998) in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration.
- Pinkert was an associate (1984–1988) and partner (1988) in the law firm Fickman and Van Os in Austin, Texas.
- Pinkert began his career (1983–1984) as an associate at Robins, Zelle, Larson, and Kaplan (now known as Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi) in Minneapolis, a law firm noted for representing victims of catastrophe.
Pinkert is a Democrat appointee to the Commission. He contributed money to the presidential campaigns of Richard Gephardt and John Kerry in 2004, as well as to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2000–2004).
Education and personal
Pinkert was graduated from New Trier High School - East in 1974. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Oberlin College (1978), a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law (1983), and a Master of Laws degree with merit from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1989). He did graduate work at Princeton University (1978–1979).
Dean Pinkert was born to Norman and Jeanne Pinkert in Chicago and raised in the suburb of Wilmette, where his family was in the scrap business. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia. He has one daughter, Rose.
- "The Concept of Specificity in the Bilateral Steel Agreements", The University of Ottawa Law Journal (1991)
- "Issues in Sampling", The Commerce Department Speaks, PLI (1992)
- "Target Dumping Methodology: Scattershot or Bull's-Eye", The Commerce Department Speaks, PLI (1998)
- Pinkert, Dean A.; Thomas D. Blanford (2001). "Judicial Review of Export Control Determinations". Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Vol. XXVI, issue #3 (Brooklyn Law School: New York City). Retrieved 2009-10-21.
- "Bush picks two members for ITC" (Fee). American Metal Market. 2006-09-11. Retrieved 2008-04-07. "President Bush intends to nominate Dean A. Pinkert of Virginia to be a member of the International Trade Commission (ITC) for a term expiring in December 2015. He would succeed Jennifer Anne Hillman"
- Commissioner Pinkert's official USITC biography
- Nominations of Anthony Ryan, Phillip Swagel, Dean Pinkert, Irving Williamson, Dana Bilyeu and Mark Warshawsky (PDF). Hearing Before the Committee on Finance United States Senate, 109th Congress Second Session. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. 2006-12-05. pp. 2–3, 6–7, 13–16, 31–32, 34–48. Retrieved 2008-04-07. "... [to] work on behalf of the U.S. cement industry, which had concerns about Mexican cement. But I also had an opportunity to work on behalf of exporters who had a need to learn about the export control laws of the United States, including agricultural exporters."
- Serrill, Michael S.; Lee Griggs; Raji Samghabadi (1985-04-22). "Kings of Catastrophe". Time. Retrieved 2008-04-08. "In the arcane field of industrial-disaster litigation, Robins Zelle lawyers are considered kings of catastrophe..."
- "Oberlin in the News - Fall 2006". December 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-11. "September 11 — Dean Pinkert '78 to Serve on U.S. Trade Commission"
- "Statement of Dean A. Pinkert" (PDF). Senate Finance Committee Nomination Hearing. 2006-12-05. Archived from the original on 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-04-07. "My father and grandfather were in the scrap industry in Chicago. I was born and raised there..."
Jennifer A. Hillman
|member, United States International Trade Commission