Emily Lawson

Partner, seattle

Practice Experience

Emily Lawson has 20 years of experience working in international trade. Emily started her legal practice in public service as an attorney with the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. She served as an international attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration (now the Office of Enforcement & Compliance) and advised U.S. government officials on compliance with U.S. trade remedy laws and represented the U.S. in judicial appeals domestically before courts and internationally before the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Emily has been involved in litigating key antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) legal provisions in market and non-market economy proceedings, which include the scope of Commerce AD/CVD orders, Commerce date of sale practice, the “gap period” when AD/CVD is terminated pending a final determination in investigations, preliminary injunctions in appeals of investigations, market economy purchases for non-market factor of production valuations, affiliated party transactions and others.

As a U.S. Customs law attorney, Emily advises companies on customs compliance for U.S. imports. She helps clients successfully navigate the complex rules of international trade agreements, trade legislation and regulations before U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Emily has helped companies develop import compliance programs and safeguard supplier relationships to mitigate risks. She advises importers in all major areas of Customs law, including HTSUS tariff classifications, valuation, marking, country of origin, ruling and internal advice requests, responses to information requests, and protests.

Emily’s prior experience includes associate and senior attorney positions with the global law firms White & Case LLP in Washington D.C. and Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Seattle, Washington. Prior to law school, Emily worked in the marketing of environmental consulting services to global corporations in Prague, Czech Republic.


  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., University of Oregon, 1993
  • Journalism Semester Program, American University, 1991

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