Kathy Cannon has effectively applied trade law tools and remedies on behalf of U.S. manufacturers to address unfair trade practices for more than three decades. She draws upon the firm’s arsenal of economic, legislative, and legal support to implement the solutions clients need to prevail. From steel and wire to chemicals, textiles, agricultural, and energy products, Kathy brings unparalleled experience and sector-specific supply chain insight to every client she serves.
Kathy guides domestic businesses and business coalitions on the use of antidumping and countervailing duty laws to address injury caused by unfairly traded imports. Her ability to apply these international trade law tools to a range of specific business models, industries, supply chains, and products has earned Kathy the respect of U.S. manufacturers and opposing counsel alike. Kathy’s decades of experience allow her to quickly assess which tools should be employed to address and protect each client’s interests.
Based in Washington, D.C., where U.S. trade policy is debated and executed, Kathy stays abreast of current legislative and political developments that may impact the industries she serves. And with longstanding relationships of trust with key government agency personnel, Kathy helps clients get questions answered and navigates them through the process of participating in federal legislative and regulatory actions.
Kathy has argued hundreds of trade cases before agencies and the courts. She thrives in the face of adversarial proceedings and regularly participates in oral arguments before the International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Kathy also participated in challenges brought before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and has helped many clients through the successful conclusion of being charged with dumping in other countries.
Notably, Kathy authored 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. She participated in the U.S. and China steel dialogue in Beijing on Chinese tax and trade policies affecting U.S. steel wire producers. Kathy also assisted U.S. producers in navigating the new section 232 duties on steel products and the section 301 tariffs implemented on a wide variety of products from China.
Kathy is the former Managing Partner of Kelley Drye’s Washington, D.C. office and former Chair of the firm’s International Trade group.
Represented U.S. producers of pre-stressed concrete steel wire strand in successful trade actions against 15 countries.
Represented U.S. producers of welded wire mesh in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions against imports from Mexico.
Represented U.S. producers of metal lockers in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions against imports from China.
Represented a U.S. producer of metal filing cabinets in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions against China.
Represented U.S. producers of PET resin and PET sheet in successful trade actions and sunset reviews of imports from numerous countries.
Represented U.S. producers of polyester yarn in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions agains imports from multiple countries.
Represented the domestic wire rod industry in successful antidumping and countervailing duty cases against 10 countries.
Represented U.S. tool chest and cabinet producers in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions against imports from China and Vietnam.
Represented a major U.S. steel producer in successful antidumping and countervailing duty actions against imports of flat-rolled steel (hot-rolled, cold-rolled, cut-to-length 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 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 agricultural producers of fresh garlic, canned mushrooms, honey and fresh Atlantic salmon in antidumping and countervailing duty cases and sunset reviews involving numerous countries 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.
Serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) for foster children in Fairfax County, Virginia.
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. Named 2020 “Leader of the Year” by The Washington Post.
American Bar Association, International Law Section
Customs and International Trade Bar Association, board member (past president)