William C. Sjoberg
Will Sjoberg advocates on behalf of clients in trade remedy proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Will also represents clients on a variety of issues before U.S. Customs and Border Protection. When any of the foregoing administrative proceedings generate an issue for his client, he litigates the issue before the U.S. Court of International Trade and, if necessary, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Will also provides counsel in trade remedy proceedings brought by foreign governments. He works closely with clients to understand their industry and, more importantly, their specific company and its goals. Whether the task involves analyzing a company’s financial and accounting records to create a strategy as to the best way to present an issue to the administering authority or advising a company as to the merits of an argument, he listens first.
Having started his career as an Import Compliance Specialist at the DOC’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance (formerly Import Administration), Will is well-versed in the minutiae of trade proceedings and, combined with his 25 years of experience as a member of the international trade bar, he is able to effectively use that information to benefit his clients.
District of Columbia Bar, International Law Section
State Bar of Texas
Georgetown University Law Center, International Trade Update Advisory Board, Co-Chair, 2016 Planning Committee
Commercial Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (COAC), Advisory Committee, Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights (disbanded)
Customs and International Trade Bar Association (former member of the Executive Committee)
State Bar Licenses
- After being responsible for the lowest margins for any company investigated in the antidumping proceedings on acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber from France, Korea, and Mexico at the U.S. Department of Commerce, prevailed in the material injury investigation at the U.S. International Trade Commission by a vote of 5-0.
- Prevailed in arguments before the U.S. Court of International Trade that a Chinese manufacturer/exporter was not controlled by the Government of China, thereby reducing the U.S. importer’s adverse facts available antidumping duty liability by over 230 percentage points.
- Obtained the lowest antidumping duty margin of any U.S. manufacturer/exporter of polyvinyl chloride in two consecutive five-year sunset reviews before the Government of India’s antidumping authority.
- Obtained a three percent antidumping margin for U.S. cotton exporters before the Government of Turkey’s antidumping authority.
- Prevailed in arguments before the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on principal function/principal use in the classification of flat panel displays.
- Through arguments, caused the withdrawal of an antidumping duty petition targeting glyphosate from China before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
- Prevailed in arguments before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that a foreign manufacturer/exporter had standing to file for a preliminary injunction suspending liquidation.
- Prevailed in arguments before the U.S. Court of International Trade in excluding products from the scope of the antidumping duty order on hand trucks from China.
- Obtained two consecutive zero percent antidumping duty margins in administrative reviews of the antidumping duty order on titanium sponge from the Russian Federation.
- Prevailed in arguments before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Trade Policy Staff Committee that that high-speed steel be excluded from the Section 201 global safeguard remedies imposed on certain steel products.
- Served as one member of a two-member team that conducted global import/export compliance audits of a multinational aluminum producer.
- Panelist, “Transatlantic Business Outlook, Panelist, European American Chamber of Commerce,” October 2019
- Panelist, “Trade, Tariffs and the Bottom Line, Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce,” October 2018
- Presenter, “What’s Next for Metal Tariffs?” European American Chamber of Commerce, May 2018
- Presenter, “Ten Years of Mediation at the United States Court of International Trade: Perspectives of a Private Practitioner,” 18th Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of International Trade, December 2014
- Presenter, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights,” Intellectual Property Law Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2013
- Presenter, “Bonding During the Section 337 Presidential Review Period,” Georgetown University Law Center’s International Trade Update, March 2013
- Moderator, “Effectively Managing Exclusion Orders in a Technology Driven World,” American Association of Exporters and Importers’ Winter Seminar, Houston, Texas, February 2013
- Presenter, “Customs and Counterfeit Marks: The New Interim Rule,” Association of Women in International Trade, July 2012
- Presenter, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Recent Developments,” Georgetown University Law Center’s International Trade Update, February 2012
- Presenter, “Successful Advocacy Before U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” Georgetown University Law Center’s International Trade Update, September 2011
- Presenter, “ITC & Effective 337 Enforcement Before the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” University of Baltimore School of Law, March 2010
- Presenter, “Practical Implementation of State Export Controls,” Kharkiv, Ukraine, July 2000