James E. Ransdell

Associate / Washington

James Ransdell is an associate in Cassidy Levy Kent’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Ransdell assists clients in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, including dumping, countervailable subsidy, and material injury determinations. He also assists in trade remedies litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade, and advises clients on compliance and trade enforcement measures before U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Prior to joining Cassidy Levy Kent, Mr. Ransdell served as a clerk to Judge Jane A. Restani of the U.S. Court of International Trade. He assisted with anti-dumping duty, countervailing duty, section 232 (national security tariff), and duty drawback cases concerning steel, solar, chemical, and rubber products. He also worked on matters before the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Second, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, where Judge Restani sat by designation. As a researcher for professors in Leiden and Oslo, Mr. Ransdell has assisted in advising international organizations on questions of institutional law and has written on World Trade Organization rules, such as those governing regional trade negotiations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and compulsory licenses.

Mr. Ransdell received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Washington University Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, and completed fellowships with the congressional office of U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana. Thereafter, Mr. Ransdell studied international trade law and dispute settlement through an Advanced LL.M. program at Leiden University. He graduated first in his LL.M. class and was an Assistant Editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law.


  • Institutional Innovation by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, 9(1) Asian Journal of International Law (2019) (forthcoming)


  • LLM, Leiden University School of Law, cum laude
  • JD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, magna cum laude
  • Fulbright Scholar, Kobe University, Japan
  • BA, East Asian Studies, Centre College, summa cum laude
    Clerkship Information
  • The Hon. Jane A. Restani, U.S. Court of International Trade


  • English
  • Japanese (Conversational)

Bar Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade