Cassidy Levy Kent LLP
Mary Jane Alves is a partner in Cassidy Levy Kent’s Washington, DC office. Her practice focuses on antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard enforcement and compliance. Her experience in unfair trade cases spans a range of industries, such as agriculture, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceutical, energy, textiles, carbon and stainless steel, other metals and minerals, and manufactured goods.
Before returning to private practice, Ms. Alves worked for 17 years at the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel. She provided legal oversight to multidisciplinary investigative teams in trade remedy cases. Ms. Alves also drafted the Commission’s injury determinations in scores of original investigations and five-year reviews, including in cases with injury issues that arise less frequently, such as material retardation, transshipment, the agricultural provision, and the cumulation exception for imports from Israel. She served as the lead attorney on injury issues in the global safeguard investigation of certain solar products. Ms. Alves represented the agency as lead counsel in disputes before the U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”), the World Trade Organization (“WTO”), and North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) binational panels. Ms. Alves also provided technical advice on injury issues to trade negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Doha Rules negotiations.
As an associate in the Washington, DC office of a multinational law firm, Ms. Alves previously advised clients in antidumping and countervailing duty disputes before the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”), the Commission, and the CIT. She assisted with the preparation and verification of submissions in market and non-market economy proceedings, attainment of permanent injunctive relief, negotiation of a suspension agreement, and termination of a separate suspension agreement and resumption of that investigation. She once served as a volunteer law clerk to two CIT judges, and worked as a senior trade paralegal at a small law firm.