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Shon, Debbie

Debbie Shon

Partner *
*Admitted in California; not admitted in the District of Columbia


Debbie Shon is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Washington D.C. office. Before joining the firm, Ms. Shon served as vice president of international trade and global public policy at United States Steel Corporation. While there, she managed all trade enforcement actions and led the company’s global public policy initiatives. Prior to that, Ms. Shon served as managing director and general counsel of BYS Investments. She was also chosen as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison during President Clinton’s first term.

For over a decade, Ms. Shon taught international trade policy and international business at the University of Southern California. She was a partner at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and also served as Senior International Commercial and Corporate Counsel at Latham & Watkins and at the Australian firm Allen Arthur Robinson. Ms. Shon also advised the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on the revision of its commercial code, the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) on international trade issues and the Organization of American States (OAS) on specific issues in the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization. Ms. Shon also prepared a lecture series on international commercial transactions for the Republic of Indonesia.

  Representative Clients

  • United States Steel Corporation
  • Federal Express
  • Pepsi
  • Banta Corporation


  • Georgetown University Law Center

  • University of Southern California
    (B.A., Political Science, International Relations)


The State Bar of California; Admitted in California only (practicing under the direct supervision of a member of the District of Columbia Bar); United States Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit, Federal Circuit; United States District Court: Central District of California, Northern District of California, Eastern District of California, Southern District of California; United States Tax Court; Court of International Trade

  Prior Associations

  • United States Steel Corporation:
    • Vice President, International Trade & Global Public Policy, 2014-2015

  • Shon Global Strategies:
    • Founder & President, 2002-2008; 2011-2014

  • BYS Investments LLC:
    • Managing Director & General Counsel, 2011-2012

  • University of Southern California:
    • Adjunct Law Lecturer, 1997-2008

  • Latham & Watkins:
    • Senior International Commercial and Corporate Counsel, 1997-1999

  • Allens Arthur Robinson:
    • Senior International Commercial and Corporate Counsel, 1995-1997

  • Executive Office of the President of the United States:
    • Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, 1993-1995

  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips:
    • Partner, 1983-1993

Publications and Lectures

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, The American Bar Foundation
  • Aspen Institute

  • The Smithsonian, Asian Pacific American Advisory Board

  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association

  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association