James D. Filpi

Senior Counsel

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James D. Filpi is a Senior Counsel with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce. CLDP provides consultative services to assist political, regulatory, judicial and commercial leaders to augment their policies, laws and organizational structures in order to improve the legal environment for doing business around the globe. Mr. Filpi primarily works with governments in Middle East and Latin America.

Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Filpi practiced law with the International Competition Group of the Washington, DC office of the law firm Goodwin Procter, LLP, where he advised foreign and domestic clients regarding commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, federal administrative procedures, corporate restructurings, banking, and consumer protection. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Filpi managed research and development programs for the Washington, DC-based strategic research firm the Advisory Board Company and tracked commerce and trade legislation for a member of the United States Congress.

Mr. Filpi received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a student representative in the Center for Applied Legal Studies, representing refugees from Western Africa. Mr. Filpi was a staff member of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and spent a portion of his legal study focusing on transnational law at the University of Hong Kong. Mr. Filpi also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Filpi is a member of the American Bar Association Section of International Law and is Senior Advisor to Middle East Committee and on the Steering Committee of the International Trade Committee. Mr. Filpi is also a member of the Maryland Bar Association Section of Business Law, the District of Columbia Bar Association Section of International Law, and the DC Hispanic Bar Association. Mr. Filpi is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.   Mr. Filpi speaks French, Spanish, and Italian.

Mr. Filpi formerly served as member of the Board of the LD Access Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes rights for the learning disabled and is the founder of the St. Anselm's Abbey School Alumni Association Charity Golf Tournament in Washington, DC.  Mr. Filpi is an active member of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda, MD, where he resides with his family.

Upcoming Programs

October 15, 2017 - October 20, 2017

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Ministry of Agriculture, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the GPA Committee Meeting on October 16-20, 2017, at WTO Secretariat, Geneva. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials. They attended the GPA Committee meeting and participated in bilateral negotiations with the U.S. and other delegations.

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

CLDP in Action

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017

CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations to assist in developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia and benefit domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

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