Douglas J. Heffner litigates customs and international trade matters including antidumping duty, countervailing duty and safeguard cases. He represents foreign companies in Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico, as well as domestic producers in industries that range from high-tech to heavy industry, to consumer and industrial goods. He also represents trade associations, government agencies and embassies in a broad range of matters.
Doug counsels foreign clients to establish preventive monitoring programs designed to avoid or minimize the impact of antidumping investigations. He advises foreign companies on bilateral and multilateral disputes arising from NAFTA, the Uruguay Round of GATT and World Trade Organization. He has represented clients before the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and NAFTA Panels. Doug has significant experience helping clients negotiate innovative agreements to settle trade cases quickly and regularly advises clients on legislative issues that affect international trade and investment.
Doug also advises clients on preference programs, such as Buy American and Buy America issues, as well as on Customs issues.
Doug has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in customs and international trade matters. His representative matters include:
- Successfully defended a leading producer of fine chemical products against allegations made by a competitor that they were transshipping glycine produced in China and proved their upstanding compliance with regulations.
- Assisted a major Canadian flat roll producer minimize antidumping duty exposure in numerous administrative reviews before the U.S. Department of Commerce and obtained an exclusion from the antidumping sunset review before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Represented the client in numerous appeals.
- Assisted a major Canadian wire rod producer minimize dumping exposure in numerous administrative reviews before the U.S. Department of Commerce and obtained an exclusion from the antidumping sunset review before the U.S. International Trade Commission; also represented the client in numerous appeals, including appeals before NAFTA Panels.
- Assisted a French chemical producer prove that its exports did not cause injury to a major U.S. chemical company. Also assisted the client in filing an antidumping and countervailing duty case against that company in the European Union.
- Assisted a Brazilian stainless steel bar producer minimize its antidumping duty exposure in administrative reviews before the U.S. Department of Commerce.
- Assisted a Japanese stainless steel producer to significantly reduce its antidumping duty liability in an administrative review.
"Go-To Thought Leader: Trade Regulation," National Law Review (2019)
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Earned a unanimous victory before the U.S. International Trade Commission after a year-long battle, thereby saving our client millions in potential antidumping and countervailing duties on its imports of certain intermodal containers.
- District of Columbia
- Georgetown University, LL.M., 1985
- University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1983
- Albion College, B.A., 1979
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of International Trade