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President Taps Devaney for U.S. International Trade Commission Post

October 9, 2017

The White House has announced that Varnum attorney Dennis Devaney has been nominated by President Trump to serve as a Commissioner of the United States International Trade Commission. Devaney is nominated for a term expiring in 2023.

Devaney’s practice focuses on labor and employment disputes, international trade, and legislative and regulatory matters. He currently serves as chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice.

Prior to entering private practice, Devaney’s public policy career included serving several federal agencies, including the ITC for 11 months in 2001-2002, in a recess appointment. He served on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1988 to 1994, appointed by Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush; as general counsel to the Federal Labor Relations Authority in 1988, appointed by President Reagan; and on the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board from 1982 to 1988, appointed by President Reagan.

Devaney’s nomination is expected to go before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for confirmation early next year.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, bipartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency providing trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches. The agency determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries and directs actions against unfair trade practices, such as subsidies, dumping, patent, trademark and copyright infringement.

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