Key Experience

  • Assists sovereign and corporate clients in navigating complex international trade matters before U.S. agencies, U.S. courts and international tribunals.
  • Served in the U.S. government for nearly a decade in various roles in the judicial and executive branches.

Practice

Devin Sikes represents clients in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, customs matters and proceedings conducted pursuant to:

  • Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974
  • Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962
  • Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

Representative Work

  • Represented various companies from China before the Federal Circuit in a dispute involving several hundred million dollars in duties on solar products. The matter revolved around whether the federal agency adequately explained its decision to treat similar situations differently.
  • Defended Commerce before the CIT and the Federal Circuit in constitutional litigation challenging retroactive legislation. The legislation was found to be constitutional. If unsuccessful, Commerce could have been prevented from applying the countervailing duty law to nonmarket economy countries such as China and imposing $4 billion in duties.
  • Represented the United States before the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body in an appeal concerning whether Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act is inconsistent with various articles of the WTO Anti-dumping Agreement. At stake was the ability of the U.S. to implement adverse WTO rulings. The appellate body found that Section 129 was consistent.
  • Acted for Commerce in negotiating and drafting an agreement suspending ongoing administrative investigations of sugar from Mexico, a matter that involved nearly $700 million in duties. The agreements were executed and survived challenges in litigation.
  • Representing petitioner who seeks asylum, withholding of removal and relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture in an appeal before the Second Circuit.

Speeches

Public Service and Affiliations

Recognition

Languages

Spanish
Portuguese