DAVID C. SMITH
Special Counsel
(202) 342-8637 (202) 342-8637
DAVID C. SMITH Special Counsel
David Smith’s practice includes international trade and customs matters, with a special focus on unfair trade investigations under the antidumping and countervailing duty laws.

David counsels and represents domestic producers in unfair trade practice administrative proceedings before the U.S Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission and U.S. Trade Representative’s Office.  He also advises on a variety of issues involving the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services.  In addition, David represents his clients in appellate proceedings before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

David also provides general legal advice on a variety of other international trade matters, including trade remedy laws, the applicability of tariff preference programs, and matters before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service.  Notably, he advises on World Trade Organization rules, procedures and dispute settlements, most favored nation treatment, and international trade policy, negotiations and legislation.

David is dedicated to realizing the goals of each client he serves.  After decades of practice, David’s consistently favorable results in antidumping and countervailing duty cases bring many of his clients back again and again.  This has allowed David to develop close working relationships, and a high level of detail about how their companies work and the challenges they face.  David is appreciated for the ability to provide clients with actionable options which, particularly in the trade world, are critical to success.

David focuses on knowing as much as possible about the products his clients manufacture, and on providing responsive solutions grounded in a multidimensional understanding of the issues at hand, the implications of the unique challenges his clients face, and possible approaches they can take to remain competitive.  David consistently demonstrates strength in problem solving through his steadfast commitment to maintaining and cultivating relationships with judges and agency professionals where he previously worked, for the benefit of his clients.
David has represented domestic producers of a wide array of manufactured and farmed goods, including carbon and alloy steel, stainless steel, large power transformers, polyester staple fibers, PET resin, pasta, garlic and fresh salmon.  David has successfully prosecuted antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings on these articles before the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission.

Unfair trade orders, once imposed, can remain in existence for decades, requiring vigilance and consistent efforts to maintain duty rates and strict enforcement by the Commerce Department and Customs and Border Protection.  David has represented these industries in myriad proceedings related to maintenance and enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duty orders, such as scope inquiries, changed circumstance reviews, annual administrative reviews, circumvention and evasion investigations, enforcement seminars and five-year “sunset” reviews.  David also handles the many appeals of these matters to the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In recent years, 360-degree representation of domestic producers requires persistence and watchfulness in identifying and preventing the circumvention and evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders, once they are imposed.  David has developed quantitative techniques to uncover circumvention and evasion of unfair trade orders, and has represented numerous domestic industries before Commerce and Customs and Border Protection to prevent circumvention and evasion of unfair trade orders.

International Trade Bar Association

About

David Smith’s practice includes international trade and customs matters, with a special focus on unfair trade investigations under the antidumping and countervailing duty laws.

David counsels and represents domestic producers in unfair trade practice administrative proceedings before the U.S Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission and U.S. Trade Representative’s Office.  He also advises on a variety of issues involving the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services.  In addition, David represents his clients in appellate proceedings before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

David also provides general legal advice on a variety of other international trade matters, including trade remedy laws, the applicability of tariff preference programs, and matters before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service.  Notably, he advises on World Trade Organization rules, procedures and dispute settlements, most favored nation treatment, and international trade policy, negotiations and legislation.

David is dedicated to realizing the goals of each client he serves.  After decades of practice, David’s consistently favorable results in antidumping and countervailing duty cases bring many of his clients back again and again.  This has allowed David to develop close working relationships, and a high level of detail about how their companies work and the challenges they face.  David is appreciated for the ability to provide clients with actionable options which, particularly in the trade world, are critical to success.

David focuses on knowing as much as possible about the products his clients manufacture, and on providing responsive solutions grounded in a multidimensional understanding of the issues at hand, the implications of the unique challenges his clients face, and possible approaches they can take to remain competitive.  David consistently demonstrates strength in problem solving through his steadfast commitment to maintaining and cultivating relationships with judges and agency professionals where he previously worked, for the benefit of his clients.

Experience

David has represented domestic producers of a wide array of manufactured and farmed goods, including carbon and alloy steel, stainless steel, large power transformers, polyester staple fibers, PET resin, pasta, garlic and fresh salmon.  David has successfully prosecuted antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings on these articles before the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission.

Unfair trade orders, once imposed, can remain in existence for decades, requiring vigilance and consistent efforts to maintain duty rates and strict enforcement by the Commerce Department and Customs and Border Protection.  David has represented these industries in myriad proceedings related to maintenance and enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duty orders, such as scope inquiries, changed circumstance reviews, annual administrative reviews, circumvention and evasion investigations, enforcement seminars and five-year “sunset” reviews.  David also handles the many appeals of these matters to the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In recent years, 360-degree representation of domestic producers requires persistence and watchfulness in identifying and preventing the circumvention and evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders, once they are imposed.  David has developed quantitative techniques to uncover circumvention and evasion of unfair trade orders, and has represented numerous domestic industries before Commerce and Customs and Border Protection to prevent circumvention and evasion of unfair trade orders.

Memberships

International Trade Bar Association