Lydia C. Pardini, a former senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance, advises manufacturers and importers regarding issues at the intersection of unfair trade and trade remedies, import regulatory compliance, and international trade policy. She helps companies from a diverse spectrum of industry sectors evaluate supply chain risks, identify beneficial opportunities, create effective trade compliance programs, and resolve issues practically and efficiently when they arise.
Drawing on her prior government experience, Lydia helps clients navigate complex U.S. trade investigations. She regularly represents clients in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations before the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission, Section 201 safeguard proceedings, Section 232 national security investigations, and Section 301 retaliatory actions. Lydia appears on behalf of clients in trade litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has argued trade disputes before, and advises clients regarding, multilateral dispute settlement panels under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), its predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
In addition, Lydia is a licensed Customs Broker. She works with clients to identify and resolve issues involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin, and the agency’s penalty and enforcement proceedings. Using her deep understanding of trade remedies proceedings, Lydia advises clients regarding customs entry and liquidation issues arising from those proceedings, as well as concerns regarding the scope, circumvention, and evasion of trade remedies orders.
Lydia has been a member of the USMCA Binational Panel Roster since 2021. She is active and holds leadership positions in several international trade associations.
Prior to joining the firm, Lydia was a partner at an international trade boutique, as well as 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 the distinguished performance the Secretary of Commerce bestowed.