Lydia C. Pardini counsels manufacturers and importers regarding issues at the intersection of unfair trade and trade remedies proceedings, import regulatory compliance, and international trade policy. She has extensive experience with antidumping and countervailing duty investigations before the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission, as well as in advocating for clients in Section 201, Section 232, and Section 301 duty investigations. In this capacity Lydia frequently appears on behalf of clients before U.S. government agencies, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, North American Free Trade Agreement dispute settlement panels, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
In addition, Lydia is a licensed Customs Broker and regularly works with clients in matters involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including on tariff classification, valuation, and country of origin issues and the agency’ penalty and enforcement proceedings. Using her deep understanding of trade remedies, Lydia advises clients regarding customs liquidation issues arising from those proceedings, as well as proceedings concerning the scope, circumvention, and evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders. She further assists clients in developing effective and practical compliance programs as pertains to both import and export control regulations. Lydia is also on the 2021-2022 USMCA Binational Panel Roster.
Prior to joining the firm, Lydia was a senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance. Lydia was recognized on numerous occasions for her work for the Department, 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.
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.