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Andrew Caridas Counsel

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Overview

Andrew Caridas evenly divides his international trade practice between helping his foreign and domestic clients navigate the complex web of U.S. international trade and investment regulations and defending their interests in trade remedies litigation and other adversarial trade proceedings.

In his trade remedies practice, Andrew draws on over a decade of experience litigating commercial matters in the federal trial and appellate courts. He has secured victories for clients subject to antidumping orders in both the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and represents clients in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations before the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission. He also represents clients in other trade-related litigation, including serving as lead counsel in a key challenge to presidential tariff authority. Andrew’s broader experience litigating international matters has included defending a senior advisor to the Gabon government, advising a member of the U.S. Congress in connection with a national security investigation, and representing foreign companies and their officers in several antitrust investigations.

Andrew’s training as a trial lawyer also informs his regulatory practice, where he focuses on providing clients with actionable, risk-based compliance assessments, implementing tailored compliance policies to address clients’ unique risk profiles, and achieving optimal outcomes through amicable—and, if necessary, adversarial—resolution of government enforcement actions. Andrew regularly serves as the primary international trade compliance counsel for early-stage technology companies, guiding them through export control and customs classifications of their products, implementation of import/export and sanctions compliance policies, screening of potential customers, and clearance of their foreign investors by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Andrew also provides continuing regulatory counseling on export control, sanctions, and customs matters to mature companies ranging from established small businesses to some of the largest corporations in the world in industries ranging from aerospace to food and beverage.

Andrew’s pro bono work focuses on criminal, habeas corpus, and immigration cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, where his proudest accomplishment was overturning the wrongful murder conviction of a man serving a 110-year prison sentence.

Professional Leadership

  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association, Board Member; Co-Chair, Export Control Committee, 2020 present

Related Employment

  • Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2011 - 2017
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate 2008 - 2011

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law, LL.M., International Trade and Investment, Solf Award, 2018
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008, Associate Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

Languages

  • German
  • Romanian