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About Us

About Us

Richard Chriss, the founder and Managing Director of Richard Chriss & Co. LLC, International Trade Advisors, a Washington DC-based trade and investment consulting firm, is an accomplished attorney and expert in agriculture policy, international trade, and international economic policy, and has served in senior international trade-related positions on Capitol Hill and in the Executive branch of the United States Government.

Most recently, starting with his appointment by then-USTR Ambassador Rob Portman in 2005, Mr. Chriss served for six years as an Assistant General Counsel and Chief Agriculture Counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Mr. Chriss’s experience at USTR included:

  • Working extensively on the WTO Doha Round negotiations in Geneva.
  • Serving as initial chief counsel for the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
  • Serving as chief agriculture and SPS counsel for the U.S.-Korea FTA negotiations in Korea and in the United States.
  • Conceiving, helping negotiate, and drafting a bilateral agricultural trade agreement between the United States and Chile.
  • Helping negotiate and draft a market-opening bilateral agriculture agreement between the United States and Canada.

Prior to his work at USTR, Mr. Chriss served for more than four years as International Trade Counsel for Senator Charles Grassley on both the Senator’s personal and Senate Finance Committee staffs, where he focused on a host of multilateral and bilateral trade issues. In this capacity, Mr. Chriss managed a portfolio of complex trade issues, focusing largely on market access matters. He also managed nine Finance Committee trade hearings, and helped develop successful legislative strategies for a number of key international economic and trade initiatives, including Trade Promotion Authority (for which he helped draft the agriculture negotiating objectives), the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, FTA implementing legislation, and other similar legislation.