John Anwesen

Associate

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

John Anwesen advises on a wide variety of international trade matters, with a focus on antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, as well as related litigation and dispute resolution. He provides clients with comprehensive and detailed analyses, working through the technical aspects of various products, production processes, and company financials. Drawing from his time as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he skillfully navigates through the agency’s administrative proceedings and litigation matters before the United States Court of International Trade.

While at the Department of Commerce, John was responsible for conducting all aspects of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, including investigations, administrative reviews, and scope and anti-circumvention inquiries involving imports of aluminum and steel products, silicon metal, activated carbon, graphite electrodes, and glycine. Additionally, when involved in countervailing duty proceedings, he analyzed various foreign government programs such as provisions of inputs, grants, loans and taxes. John is also knowledgeable in assessing electricity subsidy programs and their effects on markets. At Commerce, John performed quantitative and qualitative analyses of data submitted by foreign governments and manufacturers, and performed numerous antidumping duty margin and countervailing duty rate calculations. He also led and participated in on-site sales, factors of production, and subsidy verifications in various countries.

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  • Provided legal advice to the International Trade Administration’s Enforcement & Compliance Unit in the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning administration of the antidumping and countervailing duty laws.
  • Drafted various legal memoranda concerning complex and novel legal issues arising in the context of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.
  • Worked with various federal agencies to respond to Chinese Government questionnaires in the countervailing duty investigation of U.S. exports of N-propanol.
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Experience

  • Provided legal advice to the International Trade Administration’s Enforcement & Compliance Unit in the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning administration of the antidumping and countervailing duty laws.
  • Drafted various legal memoranda concerning complex and novel legal issues arising in the context of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.
  • Worked with various federal agencies to respond to Chinese Government questionnaires in the countervailing duty investigation of U.S. exports of N-propanol.
  • Worked on substantive issues related to initiations, scope inquiries, anti-circumvention inquiries, upstream subsidies, export restraints, particular market situation, double remedies, and creditworthiness and unequityworthiness allegations.
  • Analyzed, performed calculations, and presented recommendations to Assistant and Deputy Assistant Secretaries at the International Trade Administration regarding allegations of complex electricity subsidies in the countervailing duty investigations of an Australian chemical manufacturer and a Thai organic chemical company.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management: Executive Certificate in Global Business Essentials (2018) 
    • Understanding Global Leadership, Applied Marketing Strategy and Applied Financial Management
  • International Trade Administration: International Trade Law Certificate Program (2017)

Memberships

  • Washington International Trade Association (WITA)

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance
    • Analyst, International Trade Administration
  • Office of the Maryland Attorney General, Organized Crime Unit: Law Clerk
  • Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President: Legal Intern
  • The Honorable Patrick L. Woodward, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland: Judicial Extern

Military Service

  • United States Marine Corps Reserve, Infantry (2010 to 2015)

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2015
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Riverside, 2012

Languages

  • Armenian
  • Russian