Professional Biography

David J. Townsend Counsel



David Townsend is counsel in the firm's Corporate practice focusing on international business. He has represented clients before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission and U.S. courts in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. This includes investigations, annual and sunset reviews, scope proceedings, anti-circumvention inquiries, and new shipper reviews. He has advised clients in a variety of industry sectors, including various agricultural products, chemicals, energy, distilled spirits, financial and other services, polysilicon, solar cells and modules, and steel. In addition, David has worked on a variety of matters involving the World Trade Organization (WTO) and U.S. free trade agreements.

David also has extensive experience advising clients on U.S. sanctions, export controls, customs law and anti-corruption law. He assists with export licensing, compliance, enforcement matters and trade due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. David also counsels on supply chain management related to trade and corporate social responsibility laws.

David is an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on the GATT and WTO Agreements, including trade remedies. He also is a member of the faculty of the Academy of WTO Law and Policy at the Institute of International Economic Law.

As part of his pro bono practice, David has represented clients in proceedings before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Related Employment

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., Adjunct Professor, 2016 - present
  • Thompson Hine LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2010 - 2013
  • Parliament of the United Kingdom, Linda Gilroy MP, London, UK, Research Assistant, 2006 - 2007
  • U.S. Senate, The Honorable Tom Harkin, Washington, D.C., Press Secretary - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, 2004 - 2006





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • Maryland

  • Minnesota

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

  • U.S. Court of International Trade

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.,
    with honors
    , 2010,
    Senior Articles Editor, Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, M.S., International Political Economy,
    with honors
    , 2007
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Political Science and Sociology,
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    , 2004