Daniel Brinza is
responsible for overseeing the monitoring and enforcement activities of the
United States related to
U.S. trade agreements,
including disputes under the World Trade Organization and the free trade
agreements of the United
States. He is also a U.S. negotiator
for the negotiations on clarifying and improving the WTO dispute settlement
rules and procedures.
Prior to his current
position, Mr. Brinza was the Senior Legal Advisor with the Office of the United
States Trade Representative at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the World Trade Organization in
Geneva, Switzerland. While in Geneva, he was responsible for WTO legal issues, including
issues involving all aspects of the WTO dispute settlement system, as well as
being a United
States representative for other WTO committees
and working groups.
Before his move to
Brinza was the Senior Advisor and Special Counsel for Natural Resources at USTR,
where he was the primary attorney responsible for such issues as agriculture,
sanitary and phytosanitary measures, the environment, energy, technical barriers
to trade, and space launch services.
Mr. Brinza has
participated in WTO dispute settlement since the inception of the WTO. He has
represented the United
States in a number of WTO disputes and has
participated in every phase of the dispute settlement process. He has also been
involved in a number of negotiations, including for the United States-Canada
Free-Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Uruguay
Mr. Brinza previously
served as the Chief Counsel for the Committee on Agriculture of the U.S. House
of Representatives where he supervised legislation setting United States
agricultural policy as well as programs governing international agricultural
trade, forestry, farm credit, and agricultural research. Mr. Brinza also served
in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture where
he was responsible for legal issues concerning international trade and domestic
Mr. Brinza received his
A.B. in economics from the University
of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa), his J.D.
from the Harvard Law School,
and his Masters in Public Policy from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.