Duane W. Layton is a Senior Partner with Mayer Brown LLP in Washington, D.C. and the Global Head of its International Trade Law Group. His practice concentrates on international dispute settlement, including disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland; international trade and investment law; and international trade negotiations and policy.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2006, Layton headed the International Trade Litigation Group at another
prominent law firm in Washington, DC. From 1994 to 1999 he was Senior Counsel at the US Department of
Commerce, where he received numerous honors and awards, including “Attorney of the Year” in
1998, and similar awards in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration in 1988 and 1996.
Layton is a 1982 graduate of California Western (cum laude) and a 1983 graduate (LL.M), with high honors, of Cambridge University in England. He is ranked as one of the Top 30 International Trade Practitioners in the US by Best of the Best USA and recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading International Lawyers, Legal 500, Super Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers. In 2013, Layton’s lead role on a successful challenge on behalf of the Government of Indonesia before the WTO involving clove cigarettes was named the “Global Dispute of the Year: International Litigation” by American Lawyer. His published works on international trade law and international dispute settlement appear in numerous books and journals, including the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Journal of World Trade, and Business Law International.