Gilbert B. Kaplan was formerly Deputy Assistant and Acting Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Department of Commerce. He is a partner in the international trade firm of King & Spalding in Washington, D. C. He filed the first successful anti-subsidy case by any U. S. industry against China, which led to large anti-subsidy duties on imports of Chinese pipe into the United States in 2008. On behalf of the United States government, he was one of the negotiators of the U. S./Japan Agreement on Trade in Semiconductors and the U. S. Agreement on lumber trade with Canada. He is the President of The Committee to Support U. S. Trade Laws, an organization of companies, trade associations, labor unions, workers, and individuals committed to preserving and enhancing U.S. trade laws. CSUSTL's members span all sectors, including manufacturing, technology, agriculture, mining and energy, and services.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and the author of many articles about international trade and problems in the U. S. manufacturing sector, including 5 Myths about the Death of the American Factory, A New Focus for Trade Talks, and The First Affirmative Countervailing Duty Case Against China. He has testified about international trade issues numerous times before the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee.