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New York University School of Law, J.D. New York University Law Review, Article Editor

Princeton University, M.P.A.

Haverford College, B.A.


Washington, D.C.
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James Durling
Washington, D.C.
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Mr. Durling is a partner in the International Trade group. He focuses his practice on international trade law and cross-border investment issues.

Mr. Durling defends foreign governments and companies in antidumping, countervailing duty, and other trade-remedy investigations.  He also advises on parties' obligations under World Trade Organization agreements, and  has significant experience litigating WTO disputes and other trade policy disputes.

Beyond his work on disputes, Mr. Durling also handles a wide range of issues where other regulatory laws affect international trade. He advises clients on the Exon-Florio provisions and related filings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

He has significant experience in customs law, including valuation, classification, and customs audits. He has also worked on transfer pricing issues, and the intersection of transfer pricing rules and other regulatory rules on pricing. Mr. Durling has also developed a focus on the intersection of trade law and antitrust laws, including the anticompetitive consequences of trade law remedies. He has also worked on issues involving the international regulation of intellectual property, and the intersection of rules on intellectual property, antitrust, and international trade.

His practice involves representing clients around the world.  He has worked with governments and companies in: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the UAE. He has worked with clients on a wide range of high-profile trade policy disputes, including the trade policy battles over automobiles, semiconductors, and color film, and has been actively involved in the related WTO proceedings arising out of these trade policy battles.  His recent major matters include the defense of several antidumping cases against China and Indonesia, several WTO disputes both attacking and defending trade remedy measures, and US court litigation that invalidated the use of the US countervailing duty law against China.

Mr. Durling is ranked as a leading International Trade lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers GlobalChambers writes that he is described by one client as “probably the best lawyer I have worked with over the past 20 years. He is very creative and hard-working, has a firm grasp on the legal issues, and has strong economic and statistic skills.”  Mr. Durling is also recommended for his work in International Trade by Legal 500 USA, which observed that his “deep knowledge of economics makes him unique in the Washington DC practice.”


U.S. Court of International Trade
USCA - Federal Circuit


D.C. Bar Association


Recognized as a leading lawyer in International Trade by Chambers USA

Recognized as a leading lawyer in International Trade by Chambers Global

Recognized as a leading lawyer in International Trade by Chambers Asia Pacific

Recommended for International Trade by Legal 500 USA

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