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Jeffrey S. Grimson has more than twenty years of experience advising industries in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and resulting appeals to the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. In multiple industries, he has achieved groundbreaking rulings for his clients. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Grimson has represented a wide range of importers and U.S. and foreign producers in disputes involving agricultural products such as chicken, apple juice, citric acid, greenhouse tomatoes, canned tomatoes, pasta, garlic, honey, gum arabic, mushrooms, fish fillets and shrimp. Mr. Grimson has also represented clients in numerous wood products trade actions, including furniture, flooring, paper in numerous forms, lumber and plywood.
He was recently lead counsel in defense of U.S. importers and kitchen cabinet producers in a case on hardwood plywood from China with imports estimated at $1 Billion per year that were a critical input to the $9 Billion U.S. kitchen cabinet industry. After high import duties were imposed by the Commerce Department, Mr. Grimson achieved a favorable unanimous final verdict by the U.S. International Trade Commission – a decisive victory that terminated the case against his clients and their tens of thousands of American workers.
Mr. Grimson counsels companies in planning for potential threatened unfair trade cases with the objective of improving the likelihood of a successful result and gaining a competitive advantage in the event a case is filed. After an antidumping or countervailing duty order is in place, he assists companies in designing restructuring strategies to maximize refunds of duty deposits made on past entries.
In addition to unfair trade proceedings, Mr. Grimson has counseled U.S. and foreign companies on compliance with due diligence obligations relating to U.S. trade laws regarding initial public offeringsas well as mergers and acquisitions. He has also advised U.S. retailers and importers on environmental compliance issues affecting international trade, particularly the Lacey Act.
Mr. Grimson has also counseled companies on other matters relating to the import and export of goods, including compliance and enforcement activities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection as well as other agencies including USDA and EPA. Mr. Grimson has achieved successful results in customs audits, protests, and prior disclosures related to imports. He has helped companies comply with the complicated rules applicable to brick-and-mortar and web-based exporting. He has also advised companies involved in civil lawsuits related to marking of imported goods under the Lanham Act.
Mr. Grimson is a frequent speaker on a variety of international trade issues and has advised several major U.S. trade associations on matters relating to trade regulation.