Homer Moyer, the architect of Miller & Chevalier’s preeminent international practice, has been recognized as a premier lawyer in multiple international legal fields. He has served in government as a political appointee of both political parties and has developed and guided pro bono projects that have been hailed for their global impact. Regarded as one of the country's leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) lawyers, Mr. Moyer is an authority on U.S. and international anti-corruption law. He has represented and advised dozens of clients, written and spoken on the subject extensively, chaired more than 30 national and international conferences, produced a training video, and served as an SEC-appointed Independent Compliance Consultant. In the 2010 editions of Chambers USA and Chambers Global, market commentators noted: "In Homer Moyer, the (Miller & Chevalier) team has one of the deans of the international trade bar. An expert in FCPA, Moyer is renowned among corporate clients for his calm and thoughtful approach to difficult regulatory issues, and has a huge number of contacts in the relevant agencies. His ability to organize and execute a strategy is beyond compare."
In the area of export controls and economic sanctions, Mr. Moyer’s experience dates from when he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce during a time of historic foreign policy and national security controls, sanctions, and boycotts. He has counseled numerous clients on export issues of first impression, co-authored the book Export Controls as Instruments of Foreign Policy, and been called to testify as an expert witness. While in government, he also co-authored the Anti-Boycott regulations of the Export Administration Act.
In matters of international trade, Mr. Moyer has advised clients on World Trade Organization (WTO) panel and Appellate Body disputes, represented governments in free trade agreement negotiations, and successfully litigated before bi-national panels and "Extraordinary Challenge" tribunals under the NAFTA and CFTA. Mr. Moyer has been counsel in landmark antidumping and countervailing duty cases, in trade and investment disputes before international arbitral bodies, and in federal court proceedings involving issues of international law. In other cases, he has represented clients before all levels of federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Moyer, who chairs Miller & Chevalier's Policy Committee, recently concluded more than 15 years of service on the firm's Executive Committee, having also served as Vice-Chair of the firm, founding chair of the firm's International Department, and long-time head of the firm's Art Committee. Mr. Moyer was the co-founder and chair (1990-2002) of the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which has provided technical legal assistance to emerging democracies of the former Soviet bloc, a project described by former Attorney General Janet Reno as "the worthiest pro bono project that American lawyers have ever undertaken." He founded the CEELI Institute, a post-graduate lawyer and judicial training institution in Prague, is president of Friends of the CEELI Institute, and has served on the board of the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative since its inception.
Mr. Moyer is a past Chair of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, was the first chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Bar Association, and has served as co-chair of the IBA's Rule of Law Forum. He is a past president of the Washington Council of Lawyers, a former member of the board of trustees of the Council for Excellence in Government, a member of the board of trustees of the Center for American and International Law, and a former chair of its Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law. Before serving in government, Mr. Moyer practiced with Covington & Burling; wrote Justice and the Military, a treatise on military law; and served in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, with collateral duty at the White House. Mr. Moyer served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as General Counsel (1980-81), Counselor to the Secretary (1979), and Deputy General Counsel (1976-79). He was a political appointee of both Republican and Democratic administrations.
In 2008, the American Bar Association's International Law Section honored Mr. Moyer with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor described him as his generation's "pioneer in rule of law reform and its greatest proponent." He has received numerous other awards for his work, including the 2010 Chambers USA award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession, the ABA's World Order Under Law Award, the CEELI Volunteer Award, and special recognition by the ABA during the rededication of the ABA Memorial to Magna Carta at Runnymede. He is ranked in the highest band in both Chambers USA and Chambers Global rankings, in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Ethisphere Institute, and in various categories of Who's Who Legal.
Mr. Moyer has served as a member of the Board of Visitors of Emory University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Emory University (B.A.) and Yale Law School (LL.B.), he is the father of four and author of the best-selling book, The R.A.T. (Real-World Aptitude Test): Preparing Yourself for Leaving Home (Capital Books, 2001).