Matt Nicely is a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s International Trade and Customs practice group. His practice covers the full range of the U.S. trade regulatory regime, including trade policy, trade remedies, customs, export controls, economic sanctions, anti-boycott and anti-corruption laws (FCPA). He also advises clients on opportunities and risks presented by international obligations under bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade and investment agreements, including the World Trade Organization (WTO). Matt has represented clients across multiple industries in antidumping (AD), countervailing duty (CVD), and safeguard litigation, as well as the business implications of day-to-day trade and customs regulation. Relying on his knowledge of WTO agreements, Matt counsels clients on whether actions taken by member governments comply with WTO Agreements, on implementation procedures under U.S. law, and on methods for resolving trade disputes, including through formal dispute settlement.
Matt has represented clients before multiple U.S. agencies and U.S. courts, including in proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, International Trade Commission, and U.S. Trade Representative and appeals before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His clients vary in scope and span the globe: governments, exporters of goods and services, importers, and producers and users of various metals, high-tech goods, auto parts, chemicals, and many different consumer items from all over the world.
As an adjunct law professor at the American University’s Washington College of Law, Matt teaches a course called The U.S. Trade Regime and coaches the school’s WTO moot court team. He has participated in various pro bono matters over the years, including advising Guantanamo Bay detainees on their petitions for writ of habeas corpus.