Jean Heilman Grier

Jean Heilman Grier
Trade Principal, Djaghe, LLC



Jean Heilman Grier is the Trade Principal with Djaghe, LLC, where she advises and provides assistance to businesses, governments, international organizations and trade groups on a wide variety of international procurement and trade issues. Her expertise includes the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, US trade laws, such as Sections 201 and 301 of the  Trade Act of 1974, international trade agreements and trade negotiations. She is the author of numerous publications and maintains a weekly blog, Perspectives on Trade, at

Ms. Grier has more than 30 years of experience in international trade as a US trade negotiator, lawyer, adviser and consultant. She served as the Senior Procurement Negotiator at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). In that role, she led the development of trade policy relating to public procurement and served as the US negotiator for the WTO Government Procurement Agreement and procurement chapters in free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Grier served as Senior Counsel for Trade Agreements at the US Department of Commerce. In that position, she engaged in a broad range of international trade issues, including the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and Japanese bilateral agreements, as well as regulatory and administrative law issues in Japan.  She also participated in investigations conducted under antidumping and countervailing duty laws and actions under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

Before entering US government service, Ms. Grier served as an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Minnesota. With that Office, she served as Chief of the Public Utilities Division, representing the State in electric, gas and telecommunications rate cases, Chief of the Consumer Protection Division, where she litigated consumer fraud cases, and as the attorney for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. She received law degrees from the University of Minnesota (JD) and the University of Washington (LLM) and an undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University. She is admitted to the bar in Minnesota and the District of Colombia. As a Fulbright Scholar at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, she conducted research on Japanese administrative law.