Shana Hofstetter is an associate in the international trade practice.

Practice & Background

Before joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Ms. Hofstetter worked as an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she focused on antidumping and countervailing duty laws and represented the department before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body, including the Appellate Body. While she was at Commerce, Ms. Hofstetter’s work focused on U.S. relations with China, including participating in two of the largest cases in WTO history: DS 437 (US - Countervailing Duty Measures on Certain Products from China) and DS 471 (US - Certain Methodologies and Their Application to Antidumping Proceedings Involving China).

Prior to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ms. Hofstetter worked at the World Bank as a consultant and at Columbia University at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank headed by Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz. At the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Ms. Hofstetter coordinated programs to support research on economic policies in developing countries. Ms. Hofstetter researched the economic and political situations in developing countries and worked with local nongovernmental organizations and governments to foster ongoing discussions on economic policy options beyond those supported by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

During law school, Ms. Hofstetter served as a law clerk at the National Center for State Courts in Prishtina, Kosovo, where she worked on Kosovo’s first human trafficking case.

Ms. Hofstetter received her J.D. in 2008 from William & Mary Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Women and the Law. She received her LL.M. in international commercial and trade law with merit from Queen Mary College, University of London in 2009 and her B.A. cum laude in French studies from Smith College in 2001.