John Veroneau

John K. Veroneau

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5034


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John Veroneau is a partner in the Washington, DC office and chairs the Public Policy and Government Affairs Practice Group. Having served in senior positions in both Executive and Legislative branches, he provides legal and strategic advice to clients on a broad range of international trade and other public policy matters.

Representative Matters

  • Co-counsel in NAFTA investor-state claim against Canada.
  • Advise U.S. medical companies on global trade matters.
  • Advise global aircraft manufacturer on global policy matters.
  • Advise Cuban claims-holders and US companies on law and policy affecting US-Cuba commercial relations.
  • Advise the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA) on legal and regulatory reform.
  • Advise air cargo provider on international commercial dispute.

Previous Experience

  • Mr. Veroneau was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Ambassador and Deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR) under President George W. Bush. He previously served as USTR’s General Counsel. In these capacities, he worked on a wide range of matters, including negotiating trade and investment agreements, initiating and defending World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes, executing U.S. trade laws, and assisting U.S. companies address foreign trade barriers.
  • Mr. Veroneau was also confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Clinton.
  • He has extensive experience in the U.S. Congress, having served as Legislative Director to Senator Bill Cohen, Legislative Director to Majority Leader Bill Frist and Chief of Staff to Senator Susan Collins.

Honors and Rankings

  • Chamber USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, International Trade
  • Chambers Global, International Trade - Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (US)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation - International Trade
  • Best Lawyers in America, International Trade & Finance
  • American Bar Association Task Force on Foreign Investment and Trade Policy, Member
  • Council on Foreign Relations Trade Task Force, Member
  • USTR Distinguished Public Service Award
  • University of Maine School of Law 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award
  • U.S. Department of the Army Exceptional Public Service Award
  • U.S. Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award
  • U.S. Department of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award

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