James E. Ransdell

Counsel / Washington

James Ransdell is Counsel in Cassidy Levy Kent’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Ransdell assists clients in  proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, including dumping, countervailable subsidy, Section 232, and material injury determinations.  He also assists in trade remedies and customs classification litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and advises clients on compliance and trade enforcement measures before U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Prior to joining Cassidy Levy Kent, Mr. Ransdell served as a clerk to Judge Jane A. Restani of the U.S. Court of International Trade. He assisted with anti-dumping duty, countervailing duty, Section 232, and duty drawback cases concerning steel, solar, chemical, and rubber products. He also worked on matters before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, where Judge Restani sat by designation. As a researcher for professors at the Universities of Leiden and Oslo, Mr. Ransdell has assisted in advising international organizations on questions of institutional law and has written on World Trade Organization rules, such as those governing regional trade negotiations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and compulsory licenses.

Mr. Ransdell received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Washington University Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, and completed fellowships with the congressional office of U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana. Thereafter, Mr. Ransdell studied international trade law and dispute settlement through an Advanced LL.M. program at Leiden University. He graduated first in his LL.M. class and was an Assistant Editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law.

Government Service

  • Clerk to the Hon. Jane A. Restani, U.S. Court of International Trade

Representative Matters

  • Successfully argued in favor of adjusting antidumping remedies to reflect the impact of “particular market situations” affecting production costs in certain European and Asian export markets.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of International Law
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association


  • Institutional Innovation by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, 9(1) Asian Journal of International Law 125-152 (Cambridge Univ. Press, Jan. 2019).
  • Book Review: X. Yi-chong and P. Weller, The Working World of International Organizations: Authority, Capacity, Legitimacy, 32(4) Leiden Journal of International Law 887-890 (Cambridge Univ. Press, Aug. 2019).


  • LLM, Leiden University School of Law, cum laude
  • JD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, magna cum laude
  • Fulbright Scholar, Kobe University, Japan
  • BA, East Asian Studies, Centre College, summa cum laude


  • English
  • Japanese (Conversational)

Bar Memberships

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