Emily Lawson, Attorney

Emily Lawson

Emily heads our customs practice and also handles other international trade matters. Emily has a broad range of experience working in international trade matters, including Customs compliance, antidumping, countervailing duties (AD/CVD) and matters related to economic sanctions and U.S. export controls compliance. She helps our clients achieve import and trade compliance and she defends their interests before government trade agencies and courts. She has also assisted clients in related U.S. court litigation and international dispute resolution before the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Emily was formerly an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. She is experienced in working with regulatory agencies, defending companies in administrative agency actions and resolving compliance matters.

When not practicing law, Emily likes to read, hike, watch movies, travel, eat great food, and attend concerts.

More About Emily

Professional Experience

Senior attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration, US Department of Commerce

Speaking Engagements

“International Trade Compliance Issues in M&A Deals,” Dorsey & Whitney conference, November 2013.

“Avoiding the Inferno: Making Import and Export Issues Predictable in the Year of the Dragon,” Dorsey & Whitney conference, January 2013.

“Foreign Trade Zone: Requirements and Compliance Consideration,” Port of Seattle’s Foreign Trade Zone #5, of the enterprise Seattle NAIOP Washington Chapter-Commercial Real Estate Development, the Port of Seattle, and the City of Kent.

“Case Developments and Policy Issues Affecting Customs Brokers’ Responsibilities, Customs Broker Liability Issues,” Responsible Supervision and Control, of the Customs Brokers and International Freight Forwarders Association of Washington State

“Antidumping and Countervailing Duties, an Overview for Customs Brokers and Importers,” Columbia River Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington


Executive Editor, Oregon Law Review

Meritorious Brief Award recipient, Legal Research and Writing Program


Board Member, Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT)


  • University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., 2000)
  • University of Oregon (B.A., 1993)
  • American University, Fall Semester Program, Journalism (1991)

Bar & Court Admissions

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