Nithya’s extensive background in U.S. trade issues spans 25 years and includes various roles in a number of federal government agencies, including the Department of Commerce Department of Justice, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. She assists clients with administrative and regulatory actions before the Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and defends clients in appeals before the Court of International Trade, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, NAFTA panels and the World Trade Organization. In addition to her body of U.S. experience, Nithya is also well-versed in international trade issues in China and India.
A licensed U.S. Customs Broker, Nithya offers keen insight to U.S. importers facing myriad issues related to the collection and assessment of duties before CBP. Regarding these matters, she has advised companies located in the United States, India, China, Argentina, Canada, and Japan among others; including companies in the steel, chemicals, agriculture, wood products, industrial and consumer goods industries.
Nithya has extensive experience with antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings in the United States and several other countries. She specializes in strategy related to trade remedy matters and has deep experience with all levels of trade remedies proceedings, having led and participated in numerous such proceedings conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Ministry of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China, and before the European Commission.
As an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce she advised on the conduct of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and reviews. In particular, she handled all inquiries regarding the nexus between the calculation of antidumping and countervailing duties by the Import Administration and the collection of antidumping duties by CBP.
Nithya is a former Honors attorney of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and previously served as a judicial law clerk at the U.S. Court of International Trade.
Prior to her legal career, Nithya was a Senior International Trade Analyst at the Department of Commerce, Import Administration where she had primary responsibility for formulating information requests, analyzing data submitted by mandatory respondents and calculating antidumping duty and countervailing duty margins. She conducted trade consultations and
negotiations with a number of foreign governments, including Japan, Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine. Nithya also had the unique experience of negotiating several bi-lateral trade agreements (suspension agreement or undertakings) on behalf of the Department of Commerce in the settlement of antidumping duty investigations.
Not admitted in the District of Columbia; practice limited pursuant to D.C. App. R. 49(c)(8), with supervision by Jeff Neeley, member of the D.C. Bar.