Mickey Kantor was formerly the United States Trade Representative and later the United States Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Kantor is currently a partner at international law firm Mayer Brown based in Washington DC.
Mr. Kantor serves as a senior advisor to Morgan Stanley. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CB Richard Ellis. He also serves on the Advisory Board to ING Americas. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Fleishman Hillard and the International Advisory Board of Oilspace.
He is a Board member of the Capital Markets Commission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a Board member of the National Equal Justice Library.
Mr. Kantor first joined President Clinton’s first cabinet in January 1993 as the United States Trade Representative and was the President’s chief advisor on international trade policy. Mr. Kantor led the negotiations resulting in the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) and served as the chief negotiator to the 117-nation Uruguay Round that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”). He was appointed as the United States Secretary of Commerce in April 1996. He worked with President Clinton to conclude more than 200 agreements to expand trade. Prior to his appointment in 1993, he practiced law at Los Angeles law firm Manatt, Phelps, Phillips & Kantor for 17 years.
Mr. Kantor received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 1961. He then served four years as an officer in the US Navy, and subsequently earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in 1968.