Ed Lebow has been skillfully representing clients in international trade cases for more than 30 years. They often comment that his approach is exceptionally business-oriented, cost-effective and targeted. Through years of providing insightful counsel to both domestic and foreign companies, Ed has developed an unusually broad and comprehensive perspective, which he brings to his clients’ business needs. Ed is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.
Ed obtains relief for U.S. industries injured by dumped or subsidized imports and successfully defends foreign companies against such actions. He is especially adept in advising clients on how to comply with U.S. trade laws and avoid costly legal proceedings. Ed regularly deals with OFAC sanctions, export controls, NAFTA, anti-bribery issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and customs matters. Ed has guided both foreign buyers and domestic sellers of companies with sensitive technologies through the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Ed has also represented both U.S. and foreign clients before Congress.
Prior to private practice, Ed served as an Assistant General Counsel of the U.S. International Trade Commission, focusing on antidumping, countervailing duty and Section 337 cases. Ed also headed the ITC’s Section 337 staff office. Drawing on this experience, Ed is well-versed in handling Section 337 proceedings involving patent infringement and other unfair trade practices.
Ed’s experience covers a broad range of industries and regions. He has successfully represented clients in the chemicals, electronics, metals and other industries. In recent years, Ed’s practice has expanded to include advising energy industry clients on the permitting of exports from the United States of liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil and electricity. Ed’s clients come from all corners of the globe, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Singapore, India, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Ed is particularly proud of his connections with Japan. Ed has lived in Japan and speaks Japanese, and he routinely advises clients on both the legal and cultural aspects of doing business in Japan. Ed was formerly Co-chair and Senior Advisor to the Asia-Pacific Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.
Outside of his work on trade cases, Ed devotes considerable time to assisting refugee victims of violence and abuse. Ed won asylum for a Cameroonian woman who had been imprisoned and tortured because her of participation in the democratic opposition to that country’s dictatorial regime.
Professional and Community Activities
- American Bar Association (Formerly Chair, and currently Senior Advisor, Asia/Pacific Committee, Section of International Law)
- District of Columbia Bar
- Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.
Selected Publications and Speeches
- “Entering the Cuban Market: The American Airlines Experience” Co-presenter, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, November 15, 2016.