Alumni Profile

Timothy Reif
General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
MPA, Class of 1985
Timothy Reif (A.B. '80) is responsible for enforcement of all U.S. trade agreements, including in the World Trade Organization and U.S free trade agreements; providing legal counsel to the United States Trade Representative and U.S. negotiators on all new trade negotiations and the implementation of existing trade agreements; advising on trade legislation, trade remedies, administrative law and government ethics; and, managing the office of General Counsel.
Mr. Reif has more than twenty years of experience in international trade law, policy and negotiations. Most recently, Mr. Reif was Chief International Trade Counsel for the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he advised Members of the Committee, Democratic Members of the House, and staff, on trade and international economic matters. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Reif served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he was lead USTR negotiator for the Uruguay Round Antidumping Agreement, also negotiating provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and a number of bilateral agreements such as the U.S.-Japan Semiconductor Agreement (1991), and litigated or supervised the litigation of more than a dozen disputes in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and under U.S. free trade agreements. Mr. Reif has also held teaching positions at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and Georgetown Law School.
He received his Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law and his Master of Public Affairs and Bachelor degrees from Princeton University. He is married to Desiree Green and they have four children, Paul, Anna, Sarah and Clare.