AMS TRADE Remedies and Customs Advisor Lyd...

AMS TRADE Remedies and Customs Advisor Lydia Pardini Promoted to Partner

AMS TRADE is pleased to announce the promotion of Lydia Pardini to Partner. Lydia represents manufacturers and importers involved in matters at the intersection of unfair trade and trade remedies proceedings, import regulatory compliance, and international trade policy. She delivers proven legal skill and problem-solving abilities involving antidumping and countervailing duty investigations before the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission, advocates for clients in Section 201, Section 232, and Section 301 duty investigations, and adeptly assists clients navigating issues with and before U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On Pardini’s promotion, Managing Partner Deanna Tanner Okun commented: “Lydia has proven, time and again, her exceptional analytical and legal acumen and consistently outstanding judgment when it comes to resolving serious client problems.” She continued: “Lydia brings her prior government experience and therefore a unique perspective to the firm’s practice—made more so because she is also one of very few attorneys who is a Licensed Customs Broker in this highly complex legal discipline.” Prior to joining the firm, Lydia served as a senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance. She was recognized as 2018 Attorney of the Year in the Office of the Chief Counsel and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medals, the highest honorary recognition for distinguished performance bestowed by the Secretary of Commerce.

Pardini frequently appears on behalf of clients before U.S. government agencies and courts and has also practiced before North American Free Trade Agreement dispute settlement panels and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Pardini further advises and represents clients regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection issues, including tariff classification, valuation, and country of origin issues and the agency’s penalty and enforcement proceedings. She also advises clients regarding customs liquidation; proceedings concerning the scope, circumvention, evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders; and effective and practical compliance programs involving import/export control regulations.

Pardini’s passion for the law and international trade is manifest in her dedication to myriad professional organizations. Pardini is Co-Chair of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) Supply Chain Committee and Vice-Chair of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) Customs Committee. She is also involved in the Washington International Trade Association (WITA); American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI); and International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association (ITCTLA). In addition to her work with these organizations, Pardini is listed on the roster for USMCA Chapter 10 Dispute Settlement Binational Panels (U.S.).

Noted Pardini on becoming a partner: “I joined AMS because of its unique and comprehensive approach to addressing its clients’ trade concerns.” She continued: “I look forward to continuing my career at AMS and am dedicated to providing the clients I serve with on-point legal counsel, extraordinary service, and the insight into government they need to succeed.”