Pradnya Desh is the Managing Partner for Desh International & Business Law. She focuses her practice on reviewing foreign governments’ compliance with WTO agreements and free trade agreements, international business transactions, advocacy with government agencies, dispute resolution, and trade remedies.
Formerly, Ms. Desh was a diplomat in the US State Department, and a U.S. trade negotiator with USTR in Geneva. She represented the United States in the WTO Committees on Import Licensing, WTO Budget, Trade Policy Reviews, and Balance of Payments. She negotiated Doha Round draft text on trade and development, and for WTO accession of several applicant countries. Ms. Desh was the U.S. representative on the international team to re-write the Integrated Framework (IF) for trade-related technical assistance. The IF is the international partnership in which donor countries work with the IMF, ITC, UNCTAD, UNDP, World Bank, and the WTO to better integrate developing countries into the world trading system, such as by investment in areas of potential exports and improved donor coordination of trade-related aid. She worked with representatives of other donor countries and with representatives of developing country recipients to design a monitoring and evaluation framework and a new governing structure for the organization to provide greater accountability. Ms. Desh was invited to join Governor Christine Gregoire’s trade delegation to India and Korea in October 2012.
Ms. Desh is admitted to practice law in the State of Washington. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the World Trade Center of Tacoma, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Trade Development Alliance of Seattle. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association and the international practice sections of each. She serves her community by volunteering at the Open Door Legal Services Bellevue Clinic, as a Kidreach Leadership Team Member and Tutor, and on the Deeper Impact Advisory Board.