ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC Partner, Government & Regulatory Policy Division
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Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction, 1998
Harvard University, B.A., cum laude in General Studies, 1991
Michael C. Camuñez is President of ManattJones Global Strategies, which provides strategic advice and advocacy to help clients identify new opportunities and resolve problems in the international marketplace, with a particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin America. ManattJones is the international consulting subsidiary of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where Mr. Camuñez is also a partner in the firm's Government & Regulatory division in both the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offices.
Mr. Camuñez has significant experience as a senior executive, counselor and advocate advising U.S. companies in domestic and global markets. He has an intimate knowledge of the workings of the U.S. government, strong relationships with a range of economic policymakers around the globe in key markets, and he possesses a unique combination of political, legal, economic and international experience.
Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Camuñez served from 2010 to 2013 as one of the nation's leading commercial diplomats as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance, where he managed a global portfolio to help lead the U.S. government's efforts to open new markets for U.S. goods and services, identify and eliminate significant market access challenges and nontariff barriers, and monitor and enforce U.S. trade agreements and commitments. As Assistant Secretary, Mr. Camuñez visited more than 30 countries to advance U.S. trade and economic policy and held key leadership positions in a wide range of bilateral trade dialogues with developed and emerging markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, Asia and Latin America. Mr. Camuñez is widely recognized for playing a critical role in rebalancing U.S. economic policy toward Mexico, leading numerous trade and policy missions to Mexico and helping to lead efforts to update and modernize a range of initiatives to enhance cross-border trade and investment. He was the chief architect of the recently established U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue, which he proposed, coordinated and later helped launch during President Obama's visit to Mexico in May 2013.
Concurrent with his service as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Camuñez was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, to lead the Economic Dimension of the Commission's work through the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.
Prior to assuming his role at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Camuñez served in the Obama White House as Special Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel as well as Special Assistant to the President.
Before joining the White House staff, Mr. Camuñez was a partner at O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, where he counseled and represented companies and financial institutions in foreign international litigation and international corporate compliance, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Money Laundering counseling. Previously he served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the first term of the Clinton Administration, where he was part of the original team that created and launched the AmeriCorps program in 1993.
Leadership in Public Service Award, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C., 2014
Professional Achievement Award, Mexican American Bar Foundation, 2014
Top 75 Most Influential Hispanic Americans, Poder Magazine, 2010
Angel Award, California Lawyer Magazine for excellence in Pro Bono service, 2006
Member and Director, Pacific Council on International Policy
Member, Advisory Board, MITA Institute & Technology Accelerator, MITA FUND LP
Director, Zócalo Public Square
President, Board of Trustees, Mexican American Bar Foundation, 2007-2009; Member 2002-2009
Member, Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, 2006-2010
Commissioner, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission 2007-2008
Chairman, California Volunteers Public Service Commission (Office of the Governor), 2006-2007
Speaker, “A Second Mexican Revolution? Energy Reform and Its Implications for North American Energy Independence,” California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) Annual Meeting, June 7, 2014.
Speaker, “U.S.-Mexico Cooperation: Fostering Innovation, Productivity and Competitiveness in the Global Economy,” Council on Foreign Relations Mexico Forum, May 15, 2014.
Speaker, U.S.-Mexico Synergy Conference, "Mexico's Role in North American Competitiveness," February, 2014.
Speaker, "Engage L.A. Speakers Series" on "Mexico as a Strategic Partner for Los Angeles," Inaugural Getty House, February 28, 2014.
Speaker, "The Role of Policy in Driving Innovation in the U.S. and Mexico," MITA TechTalks, November 18-21, 2013.
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