Dempsey Joining AISI as Senior VP, Public Policy/General Counsel

Washington, D.C., June 4, 2009 – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today announced the selection of Kevin M. Dempsey as the association’s senior vice president, public policy and general counsel.   Currently a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Dewey& LeBoeuf, a global law firm, Dempsey will assume his new responsibilities on July 1. 

“I’m pleased at this excellent addition to the AISI team, which will enhance our capabilities and help in our advocacy efforts on critical policy issues, such as climate change, trade, access to affordable energy and other vital issues directly impacting the global competitiveness of the North American steel industry," Thomas J. Gibson, AISI president and CEO, said.  

Dempsey brings extensive legislative, public policy and international trade law experience to AISI.  During his tenure with Dewey & LeBoeuf, he litigated numerous antidumping and countervailing duty cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Court of International Trade and NAFTA binational panels.   He also served as counsel to several U.S. integrated steel producers in the Section 201 investigation on steel products in 2001-03.  The unanimous finding by the ITC of injury to the domestic steel industry led to then President George W. Bush implementing tariffs on a variety of steel products, which at the time provided a breathing period during which the steel industry was able to achieve extensive restructuring and consolidation, which led to the revitalization of the domestic steel industry.
"I look forward to working with North American steel producers to promote public policies that will permit this critical industry to compete in the global economy," Dempsey said.  "And I am excited about joining the terrific team of professionals at AISI."

Prior to joining Dewey & LeBoeuf in 1995, Dempsey served as counsel to Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  In 1989–90, while on the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee, he participated in the development of the acid rain cap-and-trade system established by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.   Later, while serving on Senator Danforth's personal staff and again on the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee, he played a key role in the drafting of the implementing legislation for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the GATT Uruguay Round Trade Agreements.

During his years on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Dempsey has worked extensively on international trade negotiations, including the Doha Development Agenda and the negotiations on the accession of China to the WTO.  He also has considerable experience with U.S. and international law related to subsidies, trade remedies, market access, intellectual property rights, and product standards, as well as U.S. legislative procedures for authorizing and implementing trade agreements. He has also advised on matters related to trade and the environment and the ongoing global climate change negotiations.

Dempsey received his Juris Doctor Degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington University.  He is a member of the District of Columbia bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the D.C. Circuit.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the material of choice.  AISI plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent over 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at

Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115