Thomas R. Graham

Partner / Washington

Tom Graham is a partner in Cassidy Levy Kent’s Washington office and is a former Member and Chair of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body. His practice focuses on trade remedies cases initiated in the United States and various other countries around the world.

Mr. Graham was nominated for the Appellate Body in 2011, and served until the expiration of his second and final term in December 2019. He was twice appointed Chair by his Appellate Body colleagues, in 2016 and again in 2019.

Mr. Graham began his career teaching law, in Spanish, at two universities in Caracas, while a staff member of Ford Motor de Venezuela. He then served as a legal officer of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. He was Deputy General Counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative during a formative period for U.S. and international trade law. He founded the international trade practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and he then headed the international trade practice at King & Spalding before being appointed to the Appellate Body.

In private practice Mr. Graham has litigated U.S. trade remedy cases before the Commerce Department, International Trade Commission, and appellate courts. He also was one of the first to represent U.S. respondents in trade remedy cases initiated in various countries around the world. He was one of the earliest practitioners to bring economists, accountants, and other non-lawyer professionals into the international trade practices of private law firms.

Mr. Graham was the founding chairman of the American Society of International Law’s Committee on International Economic Law, and he served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Exports. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

He has edited books on international trade policy, and on international trade and environment, and he has authored many articles and monographs on international trade law and policy. His most recent publication is “Present at the Creation: Economists and Accountants in International Trade Law Practice,” included in The Use of Economics in International Trade and Investment Disputes (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

He is also co-author, with his daughter Rachel Graham Cody, of Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball (Simon & Schuster, Atria Books, 2006; Indiana University, paperback, 2008).

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “Reform of the WTO,” Senate Finance Committee, July 2020.
  • “Roundtable on WTO Reform”, House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee, June 2020.
  • Greenwald Keynote Lecture, Georgetown International Trade Law Update, March 2020.
  • “Old Rules, New Problems: The WTO at 20”, conference Co-Chair, 2016.
  • Philip J. Shapiro Endowed International Visiting Scholar Lecture, Hofstra Law School: 2013


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

Bar Memberships

  • District of Columbia