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Walter Sterling Surrey, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1939, District of Columbia Bar 1950, Supreme Court of the United States Court bar 1955.


Surrey, Walter Sterling was born on July 24, 1915 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of Samuel and Pauline (Sterling) Surrey.


Student, City College of New York, 1934. Bachelor of Science, University Virginia, 1936. Bachelor of Laws, Yale, 1939.


Attorney Department Justice, Washington, 1940-1941. Research assistant Randolph Paul, Lord, Day & Lord, New York, 1939-1940. Attorney Board Economic Warfare, Washington, 1941-1943.

Attache charge economic warfare American Legation, Stockholm, Sweden, 1943-1945. Chief division economic security controls Department State, Washington, 1945-1947, assistant legal adviser, 1947-1950, acting coordinator military assistance program, 1949. Deputy negotiator Italian Economic Agreement under Treaty of Peace, 1947.

Principal attorney Marshall Plan legislation, 1947-1948, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Treaty and Implementing Legislation, 1948-1950. Consultant ECA, 1950-1952, 59. Former senior partner Surrey & Morse, Washington.

Now senior partner Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Member United States delegate negotiating on German external assets Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, 1945-1946. United States member special committee on German property of Inter-American Economic and Social Council.

Member, acting chairman National Conference International Economic and Social Development, 1963-1965. Professorial lecturer George Washington University Law School, 1962-1963. General counsel, chairman United States section Iran-United States Business Council.


  • Bar: New York 1939, District of Columbia Bar 1950, Supreme Court of the United States Court bar 1955.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: A Lawyers Guide to International Business Transactions, Volume 1, 2d edition, 1977, Volunteer II, second edition, 1979, Volunteer IV, second edition, 1980. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board visitors Fletcher School Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, 1976-1980. Chairman National Council for United States-China Trade. Member American Law Institute, United States Chamber of Commerce (member international committee), American Society International Law (executive council 1962-1968, vice president, president 1976-1978), National Planning Association (chairman, director, general counsel), Yale, Federal City, Cosmos, City, Washington clubs.


Married Dana E. O'Conor. Children: Richard Sterling, Elizabeth Sterling Surrey Rutherford.

Samuel Surrey

Pauline (Sterling) Surrey

Dana E. O'Conor

Richard Sterling Surrey

Elizabeth Sterling Surrey Rutherford Surrey