J. Nicole Bivens Collinson
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Areas of Practice
George Washington University
M.A., International Relations, 1988
B.A., Political Science, European Studies and French, 1986
Université de Caen, France
Certificate of Studies, French, 1985
NICOLE BIVENS COLLINSON leads the International Trade and Government relations practice of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and serves as managing principal of the Washington, D.C., office. She is also a member of the Firm's Operating Committee and a commentator on trade matters on MSNBC and NPR.
Ms. Collinson has over 30 years of experience in government, public affairs and lobbying. She has drafted and guided the successful implementation of several pieces of key international trade legislation positively affecting the bottom line of many U.S. companies. Clients have saved millions of dollars through the successful drafting, guidance and passage of legislation that reduces or eliminates duties -- crafting creative measures to benefit clients such as blocking changes to the First Sale doctrine, Miscellaneous Tariff Bills, specific trade preference legislation, the Generalized System of Preferences, etc. Such a track record demonstrates her ability to effectively move your agenda forward.
Ms. Collinson prepares countries, companies and associations for negotiations with the United States on free trade agreements, trade and investment agreements, labor disputes or other preferential programs. She is well-known for her ability to foster dialogue among a diverse set of stakeholders to resolve complex issues in trade policy making and implementation. She also works directly with U.S. multinational corporations and associations, as well as foreign companies, associations and government agencies, to clearly represent their positions in Washington. In doing so she analyzes and monitors cross-cutting trade issues, including labor, the environment, food safety, customs regulations, international development and others, and helps build strong coalitions to advocate for change.
Further, her work representing clients before Congress has earned her a well-respected position among politicians involved in international and business affairs. She is a well-known international trade authority in Washington, regularly called upon by members of Congress and the administration to help explain complex trade programs. Her decades of work with the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security committees and the Senate Finance; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees has established deep and lasting relations with members of Congress and their staffs.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Collinson served as assistant chief negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, responsible for the negotiation of bilateral agreements with Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Sub-Continent and Africa. She also served as a country specialist in the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce, where she was responsible for the preparation of negotiations on specific topics between the U.S. and Latin America, Eastern Europe, China and Hong Kong, as well as the administration of complex textile agreements.
Ms. Collinson holds a master’s degree in international relations from The George Washington University and a triple bachelor’s degree in political science, European studies and French from Georgetown College. She also studied at the Université de Caen in France. She is current Chair of the Women in International Trade Charitable Trust, past president of Women in International Trade, an Advisory Board member of America's TradePolicy.com, and a member of the Washington International Trade Association, the Washington International Trade Association Foundation, and the National Association of Manufacturers and Women in Government Relations. She serves on the board of trustees for Georgetown College and the board of directors for Imojeans, and she is the past Executive Director for the U.S. Hosiery Manufacturers Coalition, the U.S. Apparel Industry Coalition and the U.S. Sock Distributors Coalition. She is conversant in both French and Spanish.
- January 30, 2020
- Growing Global Trade and Customs Firm Welcomes D.C. Attorney / Lobbyist David Thomas Among Other AdditionsJanuary 16, 2020
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- May 29, 2019
- May 20, 2019
- New List of Goods Proposed for China 301 Tariffs Includes Nearly All Remaining Trade, Including Apparel and FootwearMay 13, 2019
- Exclusion Process Directed for Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods from China; Prepare Now to Submit PetitionsFebruary 18, 2019
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- July 11, 2018
- Will Your Exports Be Subject to Retaliatory Tariffs in the EU, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Japan, India, Turkey or Russia?June 1, 2018
- May 29, 2018
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- May 18, 2017
- February 11, 2016
- June 25, 2015
- How To Bring African Trade into the 21st Century [Manzella Report]April 15, 2015
America's TradePolicy.com, Advisory Board Member
American Apparel & Footwear Association, Member
Trade Policy Group, Member
Washington International Trade Association, Board Member, Treasurer
Women in Government Relations, Member
Women in International Trade, Treasurer
Georgetown College, Board of Trustees (2005 - 2018)
Imojeans, Board of Directors
Langley Hill Friends Meeting Calendar Keeper