Thomas R. Graham

Consulting Advisor / Washington

Tom Graham provides strategic and tactical advice to Cassidy Levy Kent and its clients in relation to disputes involving international agreements.

Mr. Graham was a Member of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body from 2011 through 2019 and was twice the Chair of the Appellate Body, in 2016 and 2019. Before serving on the Appellate Body Mr. Graham was the head of the international trade practices at two large US law firms. In those practices he was a pioneer in using accountants and economists in trade remedy litigation, and in defending US exporters in Mexican, Chinese, and other non-US trade remedy cases.

Earlier in his career Tom was Executive Assistant to the President of Ford Motor de Venezuela; Deputy General Counsel in the US Trade Representatives’ Office; and a Legal Officer of the United Nations in Geneva. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School and American University’s Washington College of Law, and a visiting professor of law at the Central University of Venezuela. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Tom was the founding chair of the American Society of International Law’s Committee on International Economic Law.

*Mr. Graham was previously a partner at Cassidy Levy Kent.  He now independently consults with the firm, in a non-legal capacity, on selected matters. He does not have access to materials relating to any other matters on firm systems.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Bipartisan Policy Center, “The Future of the World Trade Organization” (with former WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo, former US Ambassador to the WTO Dennis Shea, William Reinsch and Nazak Nikakhtar), May 2022.
  • Panelist, Georgetown Law “Rethinking the WTO: Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation” (with Sabine Weyand, European Union Director General for International Trade, Jennifer Hillman, and Joost Pauwelyn), March 2021.
  • Panelist, U.S. Senate Finance Committee: “Reform of the WTO,” July 2020.
  • Panelist, House Ways & Means Committee, Trade Subcommittee: “WTO Reform, Roundtable,” June 2020.
  • Keynote Speaker, Georgetown International Trade Law Update, March 2020.
  • Co-Chair, Harvard Law School Conference: “Old Rules, New Problems: The WTO at 20” (with Harvard Law Professor Mark Wu), April 2016.
  • Philip J. Shapiro Endowed International Visiting Scholar Lecture, Hofstra Law School, 2013.


  • Monographs, articles and interviews in US and non-US publications, re international trade law and policy, developing countries and international trade, and results of various trade negotiations,1979-present.
  • Trade and Environment: Relation of International Trade and Environmental Policy, (co-editor), American Society of International Law, US and UK, 1984,
  • Managing Trade Relations (co-author and editor), American Society of International Law.
  • “Global Trade: War & Peace,” Foreign Policy.
  • “Revolution in Trade Politics.” Foreign Policy.
  • Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball (Co-author, with daughter Rachel Graham Cody), Simon & Schuster, Atria Books, 2006; Indiana University, paperback, 2008.


  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Political Science, Indiana University