Senior Advisor

John McDermid is the former President and COO of IBC. He has specialized in advising and representing companies at IBC for over 35 years in international trade remedies, negotiations, and policies. Mr. McDermid is Vice Chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Processed Foods.

Prior to joining IBC, Mr. McDermid was Assistant General Counsel for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). At NAM, he managed international trade and antitrust issues. His earlier legal experiences included government service and private practice with the Washington, D.C. office of the New York firm of Reid and Priest. As an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, Mr. McDermid handled U.S. trade remedies and their effect on competition and consumers. He also participated in the U.S. Government’s interagency decision-making process on these issues. Prior to the FTC, he was a litigator and advisor in the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission. He has testified frequently before various Congressional Committees on aspects of antitrust and international trade legislation.

Mr. McDermid’s published articles on international trade and antitrust have appeared in: Mercer Law ReviewVanderbilt Journal of Transnational LawWashington and Lee University Law ReviewGeorge Mason University Law Review, the Fletcher Forum and IP Watchdog. Mr. McDermid was Chair of the India Interest Group’s Consumer Product Working Group and one of six private sector advisors to the government-to-government U.S.-India Economic Submission.

Mr. McDermid earned an L.L.M. degree cum laude in International and Comparative Law from The University of Brussels. He completed is J.D. degree from The American University, Washington College of Law, and received his B.A. in History from Rollins College. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

John McDermid In the News

A NAFTA Challenge to Canada’s Patent Utility Doctrine is Necessary, June 11, 2014

India’s IPR Policies Jeopardize its U.S. Trade Benefits, February 28, 2014

Why Can’t I Advise Officials on Reducing Trade Barriers, October 1, 2012

Scholarly Work

U.S.-Japan Trade: Problems and ProspectsFletcher Forum 1983

The Antitrust Commission and the Webb Pomerene Act: A Critical Assessment, Washington and Lee Law Review January 1, 1980

The U.S. International Trade Commission’s 30-Day Inquiry under the
Antidumping Act: Section 201(c)(2), Mercer Law Review 1976

The Trade Act of 1974 – Section 337 of the Tariff Act and the Public Interest, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1978

Merger Directions in the United States and EEC: An Ominous Picture for United States Multinationals, GMU Law Review 1980