John Gilliland is a consultant at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. He advises clients on all matters affecting international trade, health care and tax policy, including trade agreements, legislation and international disputes.
Prior to his work in private practice, Mr. Gilliland served as international trade counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. He was responsible for oversight of U.S. international trade policy, with a particular focus on trade negotiations including the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Development Agenda, U.S. agriculture trade and several major trade disputes. He also organized and staffed trade missions to China, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Cuba.
Mr. Gilliland was also legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., advising her on all agriculture and trade matters relevant to her membership on the Senate Agriculture Committee and Senate Finance Committee.
He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his JD from the University of Alabama School of Law. He also attended the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and the Moscow (Russia) Institute for International Relations.