Distinguished Research Professor

Alan Wolff
Casa Fuente 437F
(831) 647-3572

Ambassador Alan Wolff has a distinguished career of public service that spans the fields of international trade, legislative and public policy and litigation with a special emphasis on the renewable and clean energy industry. He currently leads Dewey & LeBoeuf’s International Trade Practice Group, which has been credited with helping to open international markets for American products including semiconductors, computer parts, telecommunications equipment, soda ash and forest products, consumer photographic film and paper, and insurance and other services. Mr. Wolff served as managing partner of the Washington, DC office of Dewey Ballantine from 1991 through September 2007, prior to the merger of that firm with LeBoeuf Lamb.

Current membership commitments, among others, include:

  • Director and Chairman of the Advisory Committee, Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy
  • Member, U.S. Department of State, Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations

He served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (1977-1979) in the Carter Administration, holding the rank of ambassador, after having served as General Counsel of the agency from 1974-1977. As Deputy Trade Representative, he played a key role in the formulation of American trade policy and its implementation. From 1968 to 1973, he was an attorney dealing with international monetary, trade and development issues at the Treasury Department. Ambassador Wolff is recognized in Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in the field of International Trade and is recognized in Best Lawyers in America as a leader in the field of International Trade and Finance Law.

Areas of Interest

International Trade, Legislative and Public Policy, Finance Law, Renewable and Clean Energy


Academic Degrees

J.D. Columbia University Law School

B.A. Harvard University



  • China’s New Anti-Monopoly Law, A Perspective from the United States, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Review. U of Washington Law School, Co-author with T. Howell, R. Howe, D. Oh, January 2009.
  • Remedy in WTO Dispute Settlement, in The WTO: Governance, Dispute Settlement & Developing Countries, Merit E. Janow, Victoria Donaldson, Alan Yanovich, Editors, Columbia University, January 2008.
  • China’s Drive Toward Innovation, in Issues in Science and Technology, National Academy of Sciences and University of Texas at Austin, (Spring 2007).
  • America’s Ability to Achieve its Commercial Objectives and the Operation of the WTO, 91 LAW 8c Law and Policy in International Business 1013 (2000).


  • The International Trading System and the Environment. Monterey Institute of International Studies, April 17, 2009.
  • Chinese Promotional Policies and the Protection of Intellectual Property, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, March 27, 2009.
  • Chinese Industrial Policies and their Impact on U.S. Industry, U.S. Economic and Security Review Commission, March 27, 2009.
  • Working paper, “U.S. Trade Policies Toward China” (10/15/2008).
  • “Investment Conference: Frameworks to Ensure Open Investment Regimes,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Bureau of Research, Washington, DC (09/16/2008).
  • “Standards & IPR in China,” U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Conference, Arlington, VA (6/30/08).
  • “Standards & Innovation in China: Public Policy and the Role of Stakeholders,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Bureau of Research, Washington, DC (5/8/2008).
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, “The Changing Role of Intellectual Property in Asia: National Innovation Policies of India and China” (March 7, 2008).
  • Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC, “China’s Innovation Drive - Implications for Japanese Companies” (February 27, 2008.)
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences, New Delhi, India, “Innovation Policies in the United States, China and India” (December 2007).
  • The Global Business Dialogue, Inc., Washington, DC, “Responses to the Doha Chairman’s Paper on Rules - Remarks on the Valles Rules Negotiation Text, (December 2007).
  • OECD – Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Conference on the Review of China’s National Innovation System and Policy, “China’s National Innovation System: A Foreign Business Perspective”, Beijing, China, (August 27, 2007).
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Government of Belgium, Conference on Regional and National Innovation, “China’s Drive Toward Innovation” (September 21, 2006).
  • Presentation to the Beijing Lawyers Association, “U.S. Trade Remedies” (June 13, 2006).
  • WTO at 10 Conference, “Remedy in WTO Dispute Settlement” (April 7, 2006).
  • The Center for American and International Law, “China’s Compliance with Its WTO Obligations” (June 15, 2005).