Lydia Childre

Lydia Childre

Lydia Childre counsels clients on a broad range of international trade issues, including export controls, economic sanctions, customs compliance, transportation regulation, and trade remedies. Drawing from her deep government experience at both the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Lydia also works with companies on a range of trade policy issues impacting global supply chains. 

Early in her career, Lydia worked as a litigator on antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) matters. She has practiced on both the petitioner's side and the respondent's side before the DOC, the Court of International Trade (CIT), and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).

At the DOC, Lydia worked on Section 232 issues, including conducting final reviews of draft exclusion recommendations and advising senior International Trade Administration (ITA) officials on legal, process, and policy risks.

While at USTR, Lydia worked on a variety of matters related to trade policy and regulation, including assisting OGC with World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement proceedings.


Government Experience

  • Senior advisor, Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • Special assistant general counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Office of the General Counsel

Representative Matters

  • Provided counsel and strategic advice to a large U.S. food producer regarding the import and movement of cargo containing agricultural commodities, including customs compliance and duty liability, and conducting contract reviews
  • Worked with several global nonprofit organizations on issues regarding operations in sanctioned countries, including providing strategic advice on offerings and operational issues and creating tailored sanctions and export controls compliance policies, policy reviews, procedures, and training
  • Worked on defenses under OFAC regulations for litigation in federal courts
  • Helped a portfolio manager determine the viability of a proposed investment tied to duty issues for Chinese imports
  • Assisted numerous 3PLs and freight forwarders on issues pertaining to FMC compliance; drafted service agreements and conducting contract reviews
  • Advised U.S. agricultural buyers, technology producers, and customs brokers on issues pertaining to forced labor, including creating training materials, policies, procedures, and conducting contract reviews
  • Assisted with executive branch outreach on behalf of the agricultural, technology, energy, and automotive sectors
  • Represented domestic steel companies in multiple AD/CVD proceedings before the DOC, the CIT, and the CAFC
  • Defended a foreign forestry company selected as a mandatory respondent in concurrent AD/CVD proceedings concerning softwood lumber, supercalendered paper, and uncoated groundwood paper
  • Counseled public bodies and interested parties regarding WTO consistency of measures and implementation of Dispute Settlement Body recommendations and rulings for DS517: China – Tariff Rate Quotas for Certain Agricultural Products and DS505: Canada – Supercalendered Paper




  • J.D. & Intellectual Property and Technology Law LL.M. Washington University in St. Louis 2015
    • Scholar in Law Scholarship
    • Dean's List
    • Excellence in Oral Advocacy Award
    • Judicial extern, Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan, Southern District of Illinois, January 2015 – May 2015
    • Legal extern, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the General Counsel
  • B.A. L.L.B (Hons) London Metropolitan University 2012
    • Top 2% (rank 4 out of 202)
    • Merit Scholarship
    • Highest Intellectual Property Grade
    • London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Student Conference, March 2012
    • Franco-British Lawyers Colloquium: Piracy in Somalia, A Franco-British Response, May 2012

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Women in International Trade
  • Member, Washington International Trade Association
  • Member, Obama Alumni



  • Parent volunteer, Madlax All-stars