Lydia C. Pardini is an international trade and customs attorney with experience representing clients on all areas of import regulatory compliance and policy, trade remedies, and international trade litigation. She has extensive experience practicing before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and international dispute settlement bodies. She also advises clients on matters involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including enforcement, classification and valuation of merchandise, and country of origin issues. Her experience spans a wide variety of industries, including steel, other metal, food, chemical, textile, and solar products.
Prior to joining the firm, Lydia was a senior attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she advised the Department on its compliance with the U.S. trade laws with respect to antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, enforcement of its actions with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, matters concerning Foreign Trade Zones, and the regulatory rulemaking process. She also represented the Department in international trade litigation before federal domestic courts, North American Free Trade Agreement dispute settlement panels, and the World Trade Organization. Lydia was recognized on numerous occasions for her work at the Department of Commerce, including being named the 2018 Attorney of the Year in the Office of the Chief Counsel. She received two U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medals, the highest honorary recognition for distinguished performance bestowed by the Secretary of Commerce, for her representation of the Department in the sugar from Mexico suspension agreement amendment negotiations and the countervailing duty investigation of softwood lumber from Canada.
While in law school, Lydia was an editor on the Catholic University Law Review. She subsequently served as law clerk on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.