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Suzanne Garner

Suzanne Garner

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Suzanne Garner practices, teaches and consults in the field of international trade and investment law, with more than a decade of experience in free trade negotiations, dispute resolution, and global regulatory compliance.

Garner served under the current and former presidential administrations as an associate general counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she represented the United States in regional and multilateral trade negotiations and in disputes before the WTO. Garner was lead counsel for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) and several notable WTO cases (US—Clove Cigarettes (defense), Argentina—Financial Services (third party)). Garner also covered trade with Canada (NAFTA, softwood lumber), the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), and U.S. government third-party participation in several foreign trade remedy investigations (AD/CVD).

Before joining USTR, Garner handled investor-state and international commercial arbitrations at Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., where she also represented corporate clients in FCPA and AD/CVD investigations.

Garner teaches LLM students in the Legal Writing Program. She has presented scholarly work at the University of Copenhagen iCourts (2017) and Harvard University (2004), and consults periodically for the International Investment Agreements Section of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Her research interests include the resolution of trade disputes involving non-tariff barriers and the application of nondiscrimination provisions in the realm of trade in services.

Garner earned her JD at Boston College Law School (2006) and her MA and BA in philosophy of religion at University of California, Santa Barbara (2000 and 1997). She is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.


March 20, 2018
Re: Jean Reisz

Jean Reisz was interviewed whether the city of Los Alamitos opting out of California's sanctuary state law serves as evidence that the law is in violation of federal law. "Whether or not Los Alamitos opted out, that's not evidence that these laws are in violation of federal law," said Reisz. "It's just showing the city isn't in support of it or doesn't want to follow it."


Robert K. Rasmussen
January, 2018

"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas participated on a panel on "Effective Assessment:  Measuring Your Law Library's Impact" at the Association of American Law School's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas concluded her year-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information.