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 a 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, USMCA, 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, forest products, metals and other industries. 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 of her participation in the democratic opposition to that country’s dictatorial regime.
Professional and Community Activities
- District of Columbia Bar
- Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.
- Won several import relief cases for major U.S. chemical companies and producers of industrial gases, with high penalty duties imposed on dumped and subsidized imports from China and other countries.
- Successfully defended Indian, Japanese, Korean and Mexican manufacturers of numerous types of products, such as textiles, steel, high strength plastics, heavy electric equipment, intricate machinery and consumer electronics in U.S. antidumping, countervailing duty and Section 337 proceedings.
- Administered a cost-effective export licensing program for a U.S. exporter of high technology controls for aircraft and armored vehicles.
- Defended a U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese machine tool manufacturer in a defense criminal investigative service inquiry into allegations of false claims under the Buy America Act.
- Prepared an export compliance program for a U.S. manufacturer of classified defense electronics.
- Guided a Japanese manufacturer of retail systems equipment in achieving a highly desirable outcome of a U.S. Customs Service transfer pricing audit.
- Achieved complete victory for a Japanese manufacturer of printers before the American Arbitration Association against a claim for allegedly defective products.
- Assisted a satellite launch company respond to a CFIUS inquiry regarding certain foreign investors.
- Counsels a multinational trade association and a major U.S. consulting company with international operations on U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
- Impact of U.S. Investment and Export Controls on the Development of Autonomous Vehicle Technology, author, Haynes Boone client alert, August 17, 2021.
- What the CFIUS 2020 Annual Report Says About Investment from China, author, Haynes Boone client alert, August 10, 2021.
- CFIUS Expands Its Coverage of Foreign Investments in U.S. Real Estate, author, Haynes Boone client alert, February 10, 2020.
- “Entering the Cuban Market: The American Airlines Experience” Co-presenter, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, November 15, 2016.
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Harvard University, with honors
District of Columbia
Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of International Trade
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
New York Court of Appeals
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