Photograph of Melissa Morris

Government Experience

  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative—Trade Expert, National Security Council
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative—Chief Negotiator, Uruguay Round, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Department of Commerce—Director, Office of Mexico
  • United States House of Representatives—Trade Expert, House Committee on Ways and Means

Education

  • Catholic University of America, M.A. International Politics and Political Economy honors
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. Spanish and Political Science magna cum laude

Languages

  • Spanish
Melissa Morris, C&M International Director Washington, D.C.
mmorris@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2938
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Melissa Morris, a director at C&M International, focuses on analysis of free trade areas, U.S. trade policy affecting developing countries, trade and the environment, government procurement and issues related to the accession of countries to the World Trade Organization (WTO). She is also expert on policies involving trade and public health issues, including intellectual property rights, affecting pharmaceutical products and vaccines under discussion at the WTO and the World Health Organization.

Ms. Morris joined C&M International after 13 years of service in the U.S. Government largely at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). She served as Chief Negotiator on tariffs and market access issues in the Uruguay Round, negotiating market access issues with more than 35 countries. She is also well versed in the operations of the GATT and its successor, the World Trade Organization. Also, at USTR, Ms. Morris administered the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) and developed U.S. negotiating positions on non-tariff issues for the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement.

Ms. Morris' professional experience also includes a tour as director of the Office of Mexico at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the preparatory phase for negotiation of the NAFTA. She has also served as a trade expert on the staff of the House Ways & Means Committee and at the National Security Council.

Ms. Morris received a Master of Arts with honors in international politics and political economy from the Catholic University of America and holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Spanish and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "What to Expect from NAFTA Renegotiations," Plumbing Manufacturers International Webinar (September 7, 2017). Panelists: John B. Brew and Melissa Morris.
  • "Taking Stock of the Trump Trade Agenda – Implications for Business," Crowell & Moring's First 100 Days Series Webinar (March 15, 2017). Presenters: Andrew Blasi, Paul Davies, Melissa Morris, and Benjamin Blase Caryl.
  • "Venezuela Update Webinar: Exchange Controls and Possible International Remedies to Recover Stranded Funds, and OFAC Sanctions," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 22, 2016). Speakers: Ian A. Laird, Eduardo Mathison, Melissa Morris, David (Dj) Wolff, and Pedro L. Planchart.


Publications



Client Alerts & Newsletters

  • "The Month in International Trade — November 2017," International Trade Bulletin (December 7, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Evan Yu, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Jing Jing Zhang, Alan W. H. Gourley, Tracy T. Huang, Cherie Walterman, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Eduardo Mathison, Charles De Jager, Kelly T. Currie, Stephen M. Byers, Paul M. Rosen, Jared Engelking, John B. Brew, Ryan MacFarlane
  • "The Month in International Trade — October 2017," International Trade Bulletin (November 9, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Evan Yu, Charles De Jager, David (Dj) Wolff, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, Joel Mallord
  • "The Month in International Trade — September 2017," International Trade Bulletin (October 9, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Evan Yu, Amanda M. Simpson, Michelle J. Linderman, Gordon McAllister, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Eduardo Mathison, Charles De Jager, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, Cherie Walterman, Christopher Monahan
  • "The Month in International Trade — August 2017," International Trade Bulletin (September 11, 2017). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Melissa Morris, Jenny E. Cieplak, Daniel Cannistra, Adelicia R. Cliffe, John B. Brew, David (Dj) Wolff, Christopher Monahan, Cari N. Stinebower, Edward Goetz, Frances P. Hadfield, M. Yuan Zhou, Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, Barry Nemmers, Robert Holleyman, Cherie Walterman, Evan Yu
  • "The Month in International Trade — July 2017," International Trade Bulletin (August 8, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Tracy T. Huang, Michelle J. Linderman, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Gordon McAllister, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Carlton Greene, David (Dj) Wolff, Mariana Pendás, Jenny E. Cieplak, John B. Brew, Aaron Marx
  • "The Month in International Trade — June 2017," International Trade Bulletin (July 10, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Michelle J. Linderman, Gordon McAllister, Edward Norman, John Laird, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Paul Davies, Melissa Morris, Ian A. Laird, John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Eduardo Mathison, Robert Holleyman, Robert L. LaFrankie
  • "This Month in International Trade — March 2017," International Trade Bulletin (April 6, 2017). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Frances P. Hadfield, Paul Davies, Melissa Morris, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, Robert L. LaFrankie, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Charles De Jager, Alan W. H. Gourley, M. Yuan Zhou, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Andrew Blasi
  • "This Month in International Trade — February 2017," International Trade Bulletin (March 9, 2017). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Melissa Morris, Tracy T. Huang, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Ian A. Laird, Charles De Jager, Lorraine M. Campos, Sarah Bartle, Evan D. Wolff, Maida Oringher Lerner, Kate M. Growley, Eduardo Mathison
  • "This Month in International Trade — January 2017," International Trade Bulletin (February 9, 2017). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Paul Davies, Andrew Blasi, Cari N. Stinebower, W. Scott Douglas, Mariana Pendás, Patricia L. Wu, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Charles C. Hwang, Charles De Jager, Melissa Morris, Daniel Cannistra, Eduardo Mathison, Carlton Greene, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Lorenzo Di Masi, Gordon McAllister, Robert A. Burton, Lorraine M. Campos, Peter Eyre, Elizabeth Buehler, Alan W. H. Gourley, James G. Flood, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Monique D. Almy
  • "This Month in International Trade - December 2015," International Trade Bulletin (January 7, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Daniel Cannistra, Paul Davies, Thomas A. Hanusik, Alexander H. Schaefer, Melissa Morris, Ian A. Laird, Adrian Jones, Carlton Greene, Charles De Jager, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Adeoye O. Johnson
  • "This Month in International Trade - November 2015," International Trade Bulletin (December 3, 2015). Contacts: Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Ian A. Laird, Alexander H. Schaefer, Melissa Morris, Charles De Jager, Paul Davies, Frederik Van Remoortel, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Mariana Pendás
  • "This Month in International Trade - September 2015," International Trade Bulletin (October 8, 2015). Contacts: Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Daniel Cannistra, Thomas A. Hanusik, Melissa Morris, Ian A. Laird, Glen G. McGorty, Charles De Jager, Tracy T. Huang, Paul Davies, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "This Month in International Trade - September 2013," International Trade Bulletin (September 30, 2013). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Melissa Morris, Cari N. Stinebower, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - March 2013," International Trade Bulletin (March 29, 2013). Contacts: John B. Brew, John Fuson, David (Dj) Wolff, Melissa Morris
  • "This Month in International Trade - October 2012," International Trade Bulletin (November 9, 2012). Contacts: John B. Brew, Cari N. Stinebower, Melissa Morris
  • "What an International Services Agreement Would Mean for Globally Engaged Companies," International Trade Bulletin (October 15, 2012). Contact: Melissa Morris
  • "This Month In International Trade - October 2011," International Trade Bulletin (November 2, 2011). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Alan W. H. Gourley, John B. Brew, Melissa Morris, Daniel Cannistra, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "Long-Stalled Trade Legislation Finally Passes Congress," International Trade Bulletin (October 17, 2011). Contacts: John B. Brew, Melissa Morris, Daniel Cannistra, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "Are You Leaving Duty Refunds on the Table? Pursuing Duty-Free Imports Under the Information Technology Agreement," International Trade Bulletin (May 18, 2011). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Melissa Morris
  • "Brazil’s Office of Foreign Trade Announces Proposed List of U.S. Goods to Face Higher Duties," International Trade Bulletin (November 12, 2009). Contact: Melissa Morris
  • "Market Access: USTR Requests Information on Foreign Trade Barriers," International Trade Bulletin (September 29, 2009). Contacts: Melissa Morris, Jeffrey L. Snyder
  • "International Trade Bulletin - Volume 1, Issue 11," International Trade Bulletin (August 11, 2006). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Paul Davies, Melissa Morris, Alexander H. Schaefer
  • "International Trade Bulletin - Volume 1, Issue 5," International Trade Bulletin (May 16, 2006). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Melissa Morris, Alexander H. Schaefer