Irene H. Chen, Esq.

Special Counsel

T +1 301 760 7393
E ichen@vcllegal.com

Ms. Irene H. Chen represents and counsels foreign producers and U.S. importers in international trade matters. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Irene H. Chen spent four years as an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Chen’s work at the Commerce Department included advising the Import Administration division on its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and reviews and customs protests. Ms. Chen also represented the United States in international trade litigation matters, including cases at the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the World Trade Organization. While at Commerce, Ms. Chen served as a legal advisor to the Customs Liaison unit of the Import Administrative, rendering legal advice on matters pertaining to Customs import rulings.

Prior to her work at the Department of Commerce, Ms. Chen served as a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where she advised the Commission on matters pertaining to injury determinations in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. Ms. Chen has also worked at the law firms of Baker Donelson, LP, in Tennessee and Ding & Ding, in Taipei, Taiwan.


Practice Areas
International Trade
Antidumping and Countervailing Duties
Customs
Export Controls
Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Proceedings
Industries: Aquaculture, Chemical, Consumer Products, Paper, Steel
Countries: China, Ecuador, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago
Products: Aluminum Extrusions, Anti-Friction Bearings, Brake Rotors, Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod, Carbon Steel Flat Products, Cased Pencils, Drill Pipe, Hand Trucks, Lined Paper Products, Off-the-Road Pneumatic Tires, Petroleum Wax Candles, Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags, Shrimp, Silicon Metal, Sodium Nitrite, Stainless Steel Plate in Coils, Tapered Roller Bearings
Recent Representations
  • Trinity International Industries LLC v. United States, et al (Court No. 20-353) (appeal of Section 301 tariffs under Lists 3 and 4A imposed by Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
  • Qingdao Sea-Line International Trading Co., Ltd. v. United States (Court No. 19-00145) (appeal of final results of administrative review by the Department of Commerce)
  • JSW Steel Ltd and JSW Steel Coated Products Ltd. v. United States (Ct. Int’l Trade May 9, 2018) (assisted client in winning a remand back to the Department of Commerce, where it reduced foreign producer’s countervailing duty rate from 29% to 4%)
  • Assisted U.S. importer in obtaining a Section 301 Duties product exclusion from the U.S. Trade Representative, resulting in the expected refund of significant duties to client.
  • Downhole Pipe & Equipment, L.P. v. U.S. International Trade Commission and United States (Fed. Cir. 2015)(assisted client in winning the revocation of antidumping and countervailing duty orders at the U.S. Trade Commission on drill pipe from the People’s Republic of China).
  • Assisted U.S. importer in obtaining a “deemed liquidation” result from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, resulting in the client saving over $200k in antidumping duties.
  • Capella Sales & Services Ltd. v. United States and Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee (Fed. Cir. 2018)
Bars and Courts
Virginia State Bar
Maryland State Bar
District of Columbia Bar
New York State Bar (inactive)
Tennessee State Bar (inactive)

U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
Education
JD, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
BA, Economics, Columbia University
Languages
English, Mandarin