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Nithya’s experience working in federal government agencies provides critical perspective as she advises clients on U.S. trade and trade remedies.

Her previous roles at the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Court of International Trade give Nithya an insider’s perspective as she counsels clients on administrative and regulatory acts before Commerce, the International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Nithya also defends appeals in the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, NAFTA panels and the World Trade Organization.

Nithya’s focus is trade-remedy strategy and antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. Nithya has advised foreign manufacturers in India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea and Vietnam in handling trade and supply chain issues associated with exports to the United States. As a result of this experience, Nithya has a wide-ranging understanding of the business regulatory, financial recordkeeping, and other trade and supply chain issues unique to each of these countries. She has deep experience with all levels of trade remedy 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, the DGFT in India and the European Commission. She has conducted trade consultations and negotiations with foreign governments including India, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine, and negotiated several bilateral trade agreements (suspension agreement or undertakings) on behalf of the Department of Commerce in the settlement of antidumping duty investigations.

Nithya advises clients to choose preventive medicine instead of a bandage by calling her to avert problems when they start new investments or become mandatory respondents in trade remedy proceedings. As a licensed U.S. Customs broker, she handles classification and entry analysis, prior disclosures and protests.




  • J.D. Supra Readers' Choice Awards, Top Author: International Law, 2020
  • Gold (1997) and Bronze Medal (1998) recipient for work on various steel cases, Department of Commerce


  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law
    • cum laude
    • International Law Review
    • First Year Moot Court Competition, Senior Associate
  • M.B.A., The George Washington University
    • cum laude
    • Business and Finance
  • B.A., The George Washington University
    • Political Science and Business


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Customs & International Trade Bar Association, International Trade Committee, Vice Chair
  • American Institute for International Steel
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington International Trade Association
  • Women in International Trade
  • Indian-American Bar Association


  • Law Clerk, The Hon. Evan Wallach, U.S. Court of International Trade, 2004-2006


  • Tamil, fluent
  • French, conversant
  • German, conversant
  • Latin, conversant
Featured Experience

Company Prevails in Three-Week Audit Over Steel Imports

When the U.S. Department of Commerce alleged that a foreign company dumped a steel product in the United States, Nithya worked hand in hand with the client to provide comprehensive sales analysis, cost analysis and full responses to the agency. She successfully guided the foreign company through a three-week onsite audit, and at the conclusion of the case, the client received a 0 percent cash deposit authorized upon entry of the accepted steel product.

Additional Experience

Trade Remedies

  • Prevailed before U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of global packaging leader TricorBraun in case filed by American Glass Packaging Coalition concerning Chinese-made glass containers. Substantial countervailing duty increases by U.S. Department of Commerce were avoided, thus protecting small and mid-market business continuity, including wineries and distilleries.
  • Represented a major exporter of Cold-Drawn Mechanical Tubing from India and obtained the lowest antidumping duty margin as compared to exporters from India and several other countries in companion cases.
  • Reversed adverse findings for a multinational steel exporter in administrative reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty matters before the Department of Commerce to mitigate amount of duties imposed.
  • Represented exporters from China, India, Mexico, and Thailand in defense of antidumping and countervailing duties.
  • Obtained zero margins for a Thai exporter of Glycine in ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
  • Represented a U.S. importer and obtained exclusions from an ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty investigation.
  • Successfully obtained scope and duty exclusions for U.S. companies affected by antidumping duty and countervailing duties on High-Quality Coated Free Sheet Paper from China; Steel Cylinders from China; and Aluminum Extrusions from China.
  • Obtained findings of no injury for Chinese companies before the ITC involving silica bricks.
  • Enabled U.S. importer to obtain authorized exclusion from antidumping and countervailing duties on key component for sale of HFC refrigerant blends.
  • Obtained exclusion of paper products from China from scope of antidumping and countervailing duty order on high-quality coated free sheet paper from China.
  • Successfully demonstrated that silica bricks from China did not injure domestic industry, thereby ensuring that no antidumping duty order was instituted.
  • Successfully argued in Chinese dumping case that Department of Commerce should consider trading company that holds title to goods at time of export to be exporter of record because determining correct exporter of record in trade remedies cases is key issue in order to apply calculated separate rate.
  • Represented client in Thailand that received favorable negative preliminary antidumping determination from Department of Commerce


  • Identified $200 million in erroneous bills to client due to programming error in instructions sent by Department of Commerce to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), at conclusion of antidumping duty administrative review. Worked closely with Commerce official to correct error. Client now pays less than $15,000 in duties.
  • During merger audit for Intense Lighting LLC (unit of Leviton), identified classification error that had inadvertently created underpayment of duties. Helped client file prior disclosure with U.S. Customs and throughout three-year document review and filing process. Resolved Customs case with no penalty assessment or other negative action for our client.
  • Successfully assisted U.S. importer in mitigating liabilities related to violation of classification and import laws.
  • Obtained favorable rulings for U.S. importers regarding classification of goods and country of origin concerns.
  • Counsel companies on customs compliance.
  • Obtained prior disclosures with no penalties for clients and secured binding ruling requests for Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification issues.


  • Obtained exclusions of HTS codes for U.S. importers of merchandise from China from Section 301 duties.
Case Studies
Stelfast Inc.

At the conclusion of an antidumping duty administrative review concerning steel-threaded rods imported from China, Stelfast Inc., a family owned and operated manufacturer and distributor of fasteners and specialty parts, unexpectedly received bills from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) amounting to approximately $200 million. Faced with these enterprise-threatening duties, Stelfast turned to Husch Blackwell to find a solution.


When the U.S. Commerce Department amended a prior suspension agreement regarding the importation of Mexican sugar in 2017, it changed the purity definition of refined sugar, effectively altering the product definition for trade purposes and significantly imperiling the business of CSC Sugar, whose cutting-edge refining processes were developed to use a higher purity input. CSC came to Husch Blackwell’s international trade team to help craft a strategy to deal with this unexpected hazard.

WPC Technologies

WPC Technologies is the leading American-owned manufacturer and developer of corrosion-inhibiting pigments and stain inhibitors. WPC’s core product line is strontium chromate, a corrosion inhibitor. In 2018, the company became concerned when sales declined and they lost customers who purchased products from two other producers who were selling their competing products at a significantly lower price – a price that was unfair in the U.S. market.

Kivlan Group and Fluorofusion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.

The U.S. domestic refrigerant producers brought a complaint in April 2019 alleging that importers, such as Kivlan and FluoroFusion were circumventing the antidumping duty order on Hydrofluorocarbon Blends from China by importing refrigerant components without posting antidumping duties. At the time the action was filed, the Department of Commerce had specifically excluded imports of refrigerant components as not being subject to the order based upon a finding by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that imported components were not causing injury to the domestic industry. Faced with these allegations of circumvention and the potential of having to post close to 300% in duties, Kivlan and FluoroFusion engaged Husch Blackwell to defend them. 

Tube Investments of India

At the conclusion of the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning cold-drawn mechanical tubing from India, Tube Investments of India (TII), a significant global manufacturer of auto parts unexpectedly received an adverse determination by the U.S. Department of Commerce resulting in enterprise-threatening duties. TII worked together with Husch Blackwell to find a solution and significantly reduce their margins in the first administrative review.


In 2019, when the supply of glass bottles in the U.S. was threatened due to some domestic manufacturers’ attempts to limit the availability of foreign-made bottles, TricorBraun— the largest distributor of primary packaging and the largest distributor of wine bottles in North America—turned to Husch Blackwell to develop a solution.

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Working with Husch Blackwell’s Washington, DC-based International Trade Remedies team headed by Jeffrey Neeley, TricorBraun developed a coordinated strategy to protect the current supply of glassware available to small and mid-market businesses across the U.S.

Outside the Office

Nithya lives her personal life with the same gusto she brings to her practice.

Nithya loves to travel all over the world—she figures she has visited 50 to 60 countries—and to eat out regularly along the way.

She relishes gourmet cooking and typically prepares Indian and Italian feasts for friends and family. Her flower garden provides colorful cuttings; her vegetable garden yields Indian delicacies for her menus such as the snake gourd.

Reading fiction and nonfiction is also a primary means of relaxation. Nithya enjoys “picking up a book and just enjoying that little bit of time when nobody is talking to me!”

Community Leadership

Nithya is a tireless volunteer leader and legal consultant for worthy organizations—some of which her family helped found.

Over the years, Nithya has devoted many hours of service to organizations that support education, faith, music and the arts. The Carnatic Music Association, of which her father was a founding member, draws Nithya because of her personal interest in Indian classical music. She also contributes considerable pro bono legal assistance and leadership at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, which her parents helped found. 

  • UPAKAR – The Indian-American Scholarship Organization, Washington, D.C., Treasurer, Board Member
  • Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Washington, D.C., Secretary, Board Member, pro bono assistance
  • Carnatic Music Association of America, New Jersey, Board of Trustees, Treasurer
  • Freer Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Volunteer and Guest Speaker
Trade Remedies

Trade remedies are central to Nithya’s legal practice, and a significant portion of that work is with clients from other countries.

Nithya helps foreign clients navigate the nuances of complex duty investigations and administrative review prophecies. Her success on clients’ behalf testifies to her mastery of foreign accounting and the specific reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission.

Nithya thoroughly understands clients’ businesses across a range of industries and how their products are manufactured. She knows foreign governments’ subsidy practices, accounting standards and methods of reporting financial accounting. Of paramount importance, Nithya interprets the legalese and translates the larger constructs of U.S. law into business terms, so her clients can accurately answer every question.

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