Craig A. Lewis
Craig Lewis works with companies in the global economy to keep their international trading activities running smoothly and compliantly. Whether it is defending exporters in high-stakes antidumping and countervailing duty litigation or developing robust import compliance programs, Craig finds creative solutions that meet client needs.
Craig helps companies find opportunities within the maze of regulations and agencies governing international trade, and he works with clients to identify and address risks before they turn into problems. If a matter calls for litigation, Craig can draw on more than 20 years of private sector experience to defend his client's interests.
Well known internationally for his trade litigation practice, Craig's career has spanned both government and private practice. Craig regularly defends companies in high-value trade disputes before the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission. Craig's industry focus on the steel trade has also led to major trade remedies representations across the globe, including Brazil, India, Europe, Ukraine, Mexico, Colombia, and China. Craig has made dozens of appearances before U.S. judicial panels including the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in international trade tribunals, including the World Trade Organization and NAFTA panels.
Closer to home, Craig also works with companies to solve their import regulatory compliance problems. With a particular focus on steel, high-tech products, and food, drugs, and medical devices, he leads clients toward beneficial tariff classifications, duty options under free trade agreements, and special import procedures. Craig advises clients in such areas as valuation and transfer pricing, country of origin labeling, and regulatory audits. Where compliance has failed, Craig works to mitigate penalty and liquidated damages claims whether through prior disclosures, settlement, or litigation.
Areas of Focus
Through multi-forum litigation strategy secured multi-million dollar reduction in antidumping duty liability for a major international steel company.
Secured multiple sunset review revocations of antidumping and countervailing duty measures on steel-related products.
Obtained a major victory on behalf of a U.S-based multinational company in Chinese antidumping investigation.
Obtained negotiated dramatic reduction in multi-million dollar Customs negligence penalty claim related to antidumping deposits.
Successfully represented major foreign government client in a multimillion dollar international arbitration proceeding under UNCITRAL rules.
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International Trade, 2009, 2013
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