Kelley Drye

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Kathleen W. Cannon

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Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 342-8400
Fax: (202) 342-8451

With more than three decades of experience in international trade law, Kathy Cannon assists domestic businesses and business coalitions that are experiencing injury due to unfairly traded imports, primarily through the use of antidumping and countervailing duty laws. As managing partner of Kelley Drye’s Washington, D.C. office and former chair of the firm’s International Trade group, Ms. Cannon is involved in a wide range of domestic and international trade-related matters. She is focused on helping her clients understand how international trade laws work and applying those laws strategically to each client’s specific business model and product. By drawing upon her extensive experience, Ms. Cannon is able to effectively survey and analyze her client’s business and quickly assess which trade remedy and strategy should be employed.

Backed by a deep bench of international trade attorneys and an in-house economics team, Ms. Cannon has an established track record of success in trade remedy cases, and is recognized for her skill in the injury phase of trade remedy actions before the U.S. International Trade Commission. She has participated in many oral arguments before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has also been involved in implementing trade legislation and regulations, and in rules and dispute settlement issues before the World Trade Organization (WTO). When U.S. producers and exporters are charged with dumping in other countries, she has also worked to assist them in navigating those countries’ trade laws.

Notably, Ms. Cannon participated in the U.S. and China steel dialogue in Beijing on Chinese tax and trade policies affecting U.S. steel wire producers. She has argued hundreds of cases before agencies and courts of jurisdiction in the international trade arena, including authoring an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws in a successful appeal of a Commerce antidumping determination.

Ms. Cannon has represented companies in Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) proceedings before the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, as well as participated in international challenges to U.S. determinations involving Chinese limitations on raw material exports, the privatization of steel companies, subsidies to Chinese steel producers, and injury caused by exports of DRAMs from Korea and before the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. She has also participated in implementing trade legislation and regulations in connection with the 1984, 1988 and 1994 Trade Acts on behalf of a variety of U.S. agricultural and manufacturing industries.

Representative Experience

Represented a major U.S. steel producer in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions against imports of flat-rolled steel (hot-rolled, cold-rolled and corrosion-resistant steel) imports from numerous countries.

Argued a successful case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of domestic wire rod producers addressing the circumvention of an antidumping order.

Represented U.S. producers of pre-stressed concrete steel wire strand and pre-stressed concrete steel rail tie wire in successful antidumping investigations and reviews of multiple countries.

Represented U.S. producers of steel fabricated products, including boltless steel shelving and kitchen and appliance shelving and racks, in successful antidumping and countervailing duty cases against China.

Represented a major U.S. producer of large power transformers in a successful antidumping action against Korea.

Represented domestic producers of stainless steel flat-rolled products in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions against multiple countries. 

Represented the domestic polyester staple fiber industry in successful antidumping actions against imports from Korea, Taiwan and China.

Represented domestic brass sheet and strip producers in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions against multiple countries.

Represented agricultural producers of fresh garlic, canned mushrooms, honey and fresh Atlantic salmon in antidumping and countervailing duty cases and sunset reviews involving China, Chile and Norway before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Represented a leading U.S. producer and exporter of specialty-grade phosphate products in an antidumping action in Brazil.

Memberships & Associations

American Bar Association, International Law Section

Professional Activities

Customs and International Trade Bar Association, board member (vice president)

Honors & Awards

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Super Lawyers ranked Ms. Cannon as one of the top 100 lawyers in Washington, D.C. and one of the top 50 women lawyers in Washington, D.C.

Recognized as a leading international trade lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Legal 500, Super Lawyers, International Who’s Who in Trade and Customs Lawyers and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers.

Pro Bono

Serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) for foster children in Fairfax County, Virginia.

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