MICHAEL J. COURSEY
Partner
(202) 342-8456
MICHAEL J. COURSEY Partner
To achieve each client's goals, I learn the business, craft an optimal plan under the international trade laws, and execute that strategy.

Mike maintains a 30-year track record of obtaining relief for his clients from unfair foreign trade practices that threaten their existence.

Mike has handled many U.S. antidumping (AD) and (CV) countervailing duty investigations of agricultural products, including fresh Atlantic salmon from Norway and Chile; fresh garlic from China; honey from Argentina and China; and certain preserved mushrooms from Chile, China, India and Indonesia.  Mike also has worked on Mexican AD investigations of live swine and bovine meat imports from the United States.

A tenacious advocate, Mike routinely appears before the major federal trade agencies, including the Commerce Department, the International Trade Commission, Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Trade Representative; and he represents clients in appeals of agency decisions before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Mike also has substantial experience in working with Customs to stop fraudulent evasion by imports of AD/CV duties put in place to protect U.S. producers of competing domestic goods.

Mike’s ability to resolve clients’ high-stakes problems before the trade agencies and reviewing courts through arguments that make practical and legal sense have earned him a reputation for excellence among his peers, clients, regulators and judges.  As a result, Mike is A/V Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is ranked among the best of the best in international trade and customs law by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, the US Legal 500 and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers.  Mike also is a frequent guest speaker, educator and author on international trade law topics.

Mike served as a deputy assistant secretary at the Commerce Department in the second term of the Reagan Administration, as head of the office responsible for conducting AD/CV duty investigations.  Mike also served as a law clerk for the late Andrew A. Caffrey, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law.

Handled U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of fresh Atlantic salmon from Norway and Chile.

Handled U.S. antidumping investigation of fresh garlic from China.

Handled U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of honey from Argentina and China.

Handled U.S. antidumping investigations of certain preserved mushrooms from Chile, China, India and Indonesia.

Handled U.S. antidumping investigation of ammonium nitrate from the Russian Federation.

Handled Mexican antidumping investigation of live swine for slaughter from the United States.

Handled Mexican antidumping investigation of bovine meat from the United States.

Ranked as a leading practitioner in the International Trade area by Chambers USA, 2008-2011.

Ranked as a leading practitioner in the International Trade area by Chambers Global, 2012.

Recognized as a leading attorney in International practice area by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2012-2017.

The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), International Trade and Finance Law, 2008-2017.

Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the International Trade area, 2009-2010 and 2013-2015.

Recognized as a leading international trade lawyer in Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers.

Martindale-Hubbell – A/V Rated.

About

Mike maintains a 30-year track record of obtaining relief for his clients from unfair foreign trade practices that threaten their existence.

Mike has handled many U.S. antidumping (AD) and (CV) countervailing duty investigations of agricultural products, including fresh Atlantic salmon from Norway and Chile; fresh garlic from China; honey from Argentina and China; and certain preserved mushrooms from Chile, China, India and Indonesia.  Mike also has worked on Mexican AD investigations of live swine and bovine meat imports from the United States.

A tenacious advocate, Mike routinely appears before the major federal trade agencies, including the Commerce Department, the International Trade Commission, Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Trade Representative; and he represents clients in appeals of agency decisions before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Mike also has substantial experience in working with Customs to stop fraudulent evasion by imports of AD/CV duties put in place to protect U.S. producers of competing domestic goods.

Mike’s ability to resolve clients’ high-stakes problems before the trade agencies and reviewing courts through arguments that make practical and legal sense have earned him a reputation for excellence among his peers, clients, regulators and judges.  As a result, Mike is A/V Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is ranked among the best of the best in international trade and customs law by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, the US Legal 500 and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers.  Mike also is a frequent guest speaker, educator and author on international trade law topics.

Mike served as a deputy assistant secretary at the Commerce Department in the second term of the Reagan Administration, as head of the office responsible for conducting AD/CV duty investigations.  Mike also served as a law clerk for the late Andrew A. Caffrey, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law.

Experience

Handled U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of fresh Atlantic salmon from Norway and Chile.

Handled U.S. antidumping investigation of fresh garlic from China.

Handled U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of honey from Argentina and China.

Handled U.S. antidumping investigations of certain preserved mushrooms from Chile, China, India and Indonesia.

Handled U.S. antidumping investigation of ammonium nitrate from the Russian Federation.

Handled Mexican antidumping investigation of live swine for slaughter from the United States.

Handled Mexican antidumping investigation of bovine meat from the United States.

Honors

Ranked as a leading practitioner in the International Trade area by Chambers USA, 2008-2011.

Ranked as a leading practitioner in the International Trade area by Chambers Global, 2012.

Recognized as a leading attorney in International practice area by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2012-2017.

The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), International Trade and Finance Law, 2008-2017.

Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the International Trade area, 2009-2010 and 2013-2015.

Recognized as a leading international trade lawyer in Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers.

Martindale-Hubbell – A/V Rated.

Practices