James R. Cannon, Jr.

Partner / Washington

Chambers Ranked in USA 2023

Jim Cannon focuses his practice on diverse international trade matters including antidumping and countervailing duty cases, market access proceedings, export controls and various customs matters. Mr. Cannon assists clients to address import competition, in open foreign markets for their exports or obtain tariff concessions. He regularly appears before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of International Trade, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative, Customs and Border Protection and other government agencies. He has also appeared before various House committees and Congressional groups concerning international trade matters.

With respect to North American trade, Mr. Cannon has handled numerous matters involving the U.S./Canada Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement. He has helped businesses obtain favorable decisions regarding the origin of their goods and automotive content rules consistent with their investment and operating interests. He has represented various companies seeking to obtain accelerated tariff reductions, to maintain tariff protection, and to obtain relief from unfair trade practices within the context of NAFTA.

A frequent lecturer on international trade matters, Mr. Cannon is also the author of numerous publications including the book, “Resolving Disputes Under NAFTA Chapter 19,” (SHEPARD’S McGraw-Hill 1995). He is also Past President of the Customs International Trade Bar Association.


  • Ranked by Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in Washington, D.C., as well as a top attorney for International Law
  • Recommended by Chambers USA as a leading U.S. international trade lawyer
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as a top attorney for International Trade & Finance Law
  • Martindale Hubbell has rated Mr. Cannon an AV attorney, its highest rating available


  • J.D., American University’s Washington College of Law
  • B.S., Mathematics and Economics, University of Virginia

Bar Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia