Lydia Childre


Lydia Childre advises clients with complex domestic and international compliance concerns. Lydia focuses primarily on export controls, economic sanctions, customs compliance, and transport regulation, while also counseling clients on a range of trade policy matters. She has deep government experience, having previously worked as a senior advisor to the Section 232 "Steel and Aluminum Tariffs" product exclusions team at the Department of Commerce (DOC), International Trade Administration (ITA), and as a special assistant general counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Office of the General Counsel (OGC). 

Outside of government, Lydia worked as a trade remedies associate at a premier legal services and consulting firm focused on antidumping and countervailing duty litigation (AD/CVD) and related public policy and legislative matters. She has practiced on both the petitioner's side and the respondent's side.

At the DOC, Lydia worked with ITA management and trade compliance analysts to ensure proper implementation of guidance as it related to factors for Section 232 determination, including conducting second and final reviews of draft recommendations and advising senior ITA officials on any legal, process, or 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
  • Legal extern, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Office of the General Counsel

Representative Matters

  • Represented domestic steel companies in multiple regulatory compliance proceedings before the DOC, the Court of International Trade, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Defended a foreign forestry company selected as a mandatory respondent in concurrent AD/CVD proceedings concerning softwood lumber, supercalendared paper, and uncoated groundwood paper
  • Counseled public bodies and interested parties regarding WTO consistency of measures and implementation of Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) 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
  • 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



  • Volunteer, Georgetown Aged Woman's Home
  • Parent volunteer, Wilson Crew