Experienced Litigator Jennifer S. Zucker Joins Wiley Rein's Government Contracts Practice

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 00:00

Wiley Rein LLP has welcomed Jennifer S. Zucker as a partner in its highly regarded Government Contracts Practice. Ms. Zucker counsels companies in the defense sector, intelligence community, high-tech industry and strategic consulting arena of federal procurement law. She focuses on bid protests, contract disputes and claims, contract formation and administration, government investigations, mergers and acquisitions, teaming and subcontract agreements and federal marketplace opportunities.

Ms. Zucker joins the firm from the DC office of Patton Boggs where she was a partner. Before joining Patton Boggs, Ms. Zucker served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, where she gained trial experience as a felony prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. She also litigated multimillion dollar cases as a trial attorney in the Army's Contract Appeals Division. She continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, assigned as Vice Chair and Professor of Law in the Contract and Fiscal Law Department at the Army JAG's Legal Center and School, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ms. Zucker joins a group that is one of only three government contracts practices ranked in the top tier nationwide by Chambers USA in 2010. With more than three dozen attorneys and consultants, Wiley Rein handles every aspect of government contracting law, including bid protests; claims and disputes; terminations; false claims litigation; mergers and acquisitions; suspension and debarment matters; compliance programs, audits and reviews; internal investigations and False Claims Act litigation; data rights and intellectual property; cost accounting; and employment issues uniquely affecting government contractors.

Members of Wiley Rein's International Trade Practice have authored a new study concluding that the unprecedented growth of the Chinese steel industry is inconsistent with commercial considerations and has been facilitated by massive government intervention. The report, entitled The Reform Myth: How China is Using State Power to Create the World's Dominant Steel Industry, documents how China has accounted for all of the world's growth in steel production in the last decade, largely as a result of extensive government ownership, control and subsidization of the steel industry.

The study, which was prepared for the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), expands upon earlier research on the Chinese government's ownership, direction and subsidization of the Chinese steel industry. The report details how the Chinese government continues to exercise extensive ownership and control over its steel industry, in violation of its commitments regarding market reforms made upon accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001.

In addition to government ownership, the report examines the Chinese government's industrial plans and other policy directives that allow the government to intervene in the operations of individual steel companies. Since 2005, the government has issued a number of industrial plans specifically covering the steel industry that have significantly increased the government's control over the development of the industry.

The report also reviews China's "Going Abroad" Policy, the next step in the country's industrial strategy. Pursuant to this policy, the Chinese government is deploying its massive "national champions" overseas to further the government's objectives, which include obtaining raw materials and technology, and increasing China's economic and political influence on a global scale.

From 2000 to 2009, Chinese steel production increased by an unprecedented 346 percent, while steel production in the rest of the world decreased by 10 percent. "The growth of the Chinese steel industry has not been driven by market forces," said Alan H. Price, partner at Wiley Rein and one of the study's authors. "China's dominant position is the result of massive government intervention, including ownership, control and subsidization."

The report urges the United States and other trading partners to intensify their efforts to ensure that China complies with its WTO commitments and international legal obligations.