Partnering for Global Success

John Anwesen is the Founding Shareholder of Lighthill. John is an advocate with a vision of a connected world. He has assisted many companies to remain competitive in the U.S. market, and even completely defeat import duties, through successful defense of their business. John strives to provide solutions for his clients by thinking outside the box and discovering those details that reframe the narrative of the bigger picture.

John advises on a variety of international trade matters, with a focus on antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) proceedings, other trade remedy proceedings, such as Sections 232 and 301 investigations and duties, customs matters, export controls, and sanctions. John also defends clients in U.S. agency investigations and related litigation and dispute resolution. His background includes leading AD and CVD cases while working for the U.S. government, as well as advising and defending clients from a wide range of industries in the private sector. With a near decade-long involvement in international trade matters, John has valuable insights and technical knowledge to provide the highest product and service quality for his clients.

Representative Matters

Defended a US importer of quartz surface products during U.S. Customs risk assessment information requests.

Led the successful defense of a brass rod producer during a U.S. Department of Commerce antidumping duty verification and represented the company through the final determination.

Directed the defense of a manufacturing client in a countervailing duty investigation involving oil country tubular goods.

Guided clients through the legal hazards associated with various anticircumvention proceedings impacting the solar, furniture, and metal manufacturing industries.

Successfully secured rulings from the U.S. Department of Commerce confirming that a client's solar products were exempt from antidumping and countervailing duties.

Provided counsel on executing due diligence processes for the sale of laser-sensing technology products abroad.

Developed legal strategies and litigated the U.S. Department of Commerce’s near decade-long Differential Pricing Methodology before a Binational Panel under the USMCA, resulting in an assessment of a zero antidumping duty rate for the client.

Provided legal advice to the International Trade Administration’s Enforcement & Compliance Unit in the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning the administration of the antidumping and countervailing duty laws.

Led verification of subsidy programs in Thailand for the U.S. Department of Commerce, focusing on the provision of electricity at less than adequate remuneration.

Presented recommendations to Assistant and Deputy Assistant Secretaries at the International Trade Administration concerning complex and novel legal issues arising in the context of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.

Worked with various federal agencies to respond to Chinese Government questionnaires in the countervailing duty investigation of U.S. exports of N-propanol.

Prepared clients for depositions in a pro bono school funding case.


University of California, Riverside, B.A., Economics, 2012

University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2015

Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Executive Certificate, GlobalBusiness Essentials, 2018

International Trade Administration, International Trade, Law Certificate Program, 2017


District of Columbia

State of Oregon

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

John Anwesen


Law360, US Solar Import Probe's Focus On China Is Misguided (available at Law360; also available at LighthillBlog)

Bloomberg Law, Circumvention of AD & CVD Orders: Imports From China & Southeast Asia (available at BloombergLaw).

Bloomberg Law, Implications for Interpreting Scope of Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Orders (available at BloombergLaw).

The Prudential Carve-Out Clause: is Risk the New Corrupt Moral? 4 PENN ST. J. L. & INT’L AFF. 749 (2016) (available at