Government Experience

  • Department of Commerce—International Trade Analyst
  • Department of Commerce—Attorney


  • University of California, Riverside, B.A. Economics (2012)
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. (2015)
  • International Trade Administration, International Trade Law Certificate Program (2017)
  • Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Executive Certificate Global Business Essentials (2018)


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • Russian
  • Armenian

John Anwesen


John Anwesen is an associate in the International Trade Group of Crowell & Moring and resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He advises on a variety of international trade matters, with a focus on antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) proceedings, as well as related litigation and dispute resolution. He merges his economics background with the insights of a former U.S. Department of Commerce official to navigate skillfully through the agency’s administrative proceedings and litigation matters before the U.S. Court of International Trade. John strives to provide solutions for his clients by thinking outside the box and discovering those details that reframe the narrative of the bigger picture.

While at the Department of Commerce, John was responsible for conducting all aspects of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, including investigations, administrative reviews, as well as scope and anti-circumvention inquiries involving imports of aluminum and steel products, silicon metal, activated carbon, graphite electrodes, and glycine. Additionally, when involved in countervailing duty proceedings, he analyzed various foreign government programs such as provisions of inputs, grants, loans and taxes. At Commerce, John performed quantitative and qualitative analysis of data submitted by foreign governments and manufacturers, and performed numerous antidumping duty margin and countervailing duty rate calculations. He also led and participated in on-site sales, factors of production, and subsidy verifications in various countries.

John is passionate about international trade issues and providing strategic advice for lowering import duty rates and minimizing risks of higher duty collections. His experience includes advising on the Rules of Origin under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Section 301 tariffs, reviewing product classifications under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, and conducting due diligence related to Russian sanctions.

While in law school, John served as a legal intern at the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), as well as a judicial extern for the Honorable Patrick L. Woodward, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia; U.S. Court of International Trade; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, Washington International Trade Association (WITA)
  • Member, Society for International Affairs (SIA)

 Military Service

  • United States Marine Corps—Infantry

Representative Matters

  • Developed legal arguments and drafted a complaint and brief challenging the U.S. Department of Commerce’s near decade-long Differential Pricing Methodology before a Binational Panel under the USMCA which would result in an assessment of a zero antidumping duty rate for the client.
  • Provided legal advice to the International Trade Administration’s Enforcement & Compliance Unit in the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning administration of the antidumping and countervailing duty laws.
  • Presented recommendations to Assistant and Deputy Assistant Secretaries at the International Trade Administration concerning complex and novel legal issues arising in the context of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.
  • Worked with various federal agencies to respond to Chinese Government questionnaires in the countervailing duty investigation of U.S. exports of N-propanol.
  • Advised on substantive issues related to initiations, scope inquiries, anti-circumvention inquiries, upstream subsidies, export restraints, particular market situation, double remedies, creditworthiness and inequity worthiness allegations, and attribution of subsidies.
  • Prepared clients for depositions in a pro bono school funding case.