Carolyn M. Bethea



Carolyn M. Bethea* advises clients at both the administrative and appellate level on a wide variety of customs and international trade matters, particularly involving antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, safeguard proceedings, and export compliance.

Before joining Drinker Biddle, Carrie was a senior international trade compliance analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration in Washington, D.C., where she administered U.S. trade remedy laws via the conduct of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. While at the Department of Commerce, Carrie was recognized with several awards for her noteworthy contributions to the agency. Carrie also previously worked at a boutique international trade law firm where she gained litigation experience on matters involving the Anti-Injunction Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, Customs and Border Protection regulations, and Alcohol, Tobacco and Trade Bureau regulations.

While in law school, Carrie served as a legal intern at the Federal Maritime Commission, Office of the Chairman, Washington, D.C. Carrie additionally acted as a research assistant and was named for her editing assistance contributions by Steve Charnovitz in his The Path of World Trade Law in the 21st Century. Carrie was also an active member of the GW Law Mock Trial Board and continues to regularly serve as a practitioner judge for competitions.

*Admitted in South Carolina only. District of Columbia Bar application pending; practice supervised by partners of the firm who are active D.C. Bar members pursuant to D.C. Bar Rule 49(c)(8).


During her time at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Carrie regularly:
  • Drafted federal register notices and issues and decision memoranda articulating agency positions in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.
  • Analyzed information provided by foreign producers, exporters, governments, and domestic industries to conduct trade remedy proceedings.
  • Conducted on-site verifications of information provided by foreign producers, exporters, and governments.
  • Calculated the level of dumping and unfair subsidization in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and administrative reviews using SAS programming and Microsoft Excel.
  • Trained junior analysts on antidumping and countervailing duty methodology, administrative procedures, and how to conduct verifications.


Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2016, with honors
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 2013, Honors College, cum laude


  • Young Trade Professionals
  • Association of Women in International Trade