Ragan W. Updegraff


Washington, D.C.
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Ragan Updegraff focuses his practice on international trade, including export controls and sanctions, foreign investment reviews, customs regulations and trade remedies. Utilizing his experience handling international trade litigation in front of government agencies, federal courts and the World Trade Organization, he provides practical, business-oriented advice on complex issues involving a wide range of regulatory requirements and litigation.

Prior to law school, Ragan was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Turkey before working in international development and journalism for several years. Ragan draws from his international professional and legal experiences to provide his clients zealous representation and a creative problem-solving approach to their matters.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • The Legal 500 United States (2021)
    • Recommended in Litigation: International Trade
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2020 to 2021)


  • Washington International Trade Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Society of International Affairs

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Legal Affairs: Legal Extern
  • Public International Law and Policy Group: Summer Associate


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


  • J.D., World Trade Organization Studies Certificate, Georgetown University Law Center, 2017, cum laude; Global Law Scholar; Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Senior Executive Editor; International Economic Law Practicum; CALI Awards: U.S. Export Controls and Sanctions Law, National Security Law
  • B.A., Trinity University, 2006, summa cum laude