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ITC Names New Unfair Import Investigations Chief, General Counsel

Monday, October 28, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has announced Margaret D. Macdonald as director of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations and Dominic L. Bianchi as the agency’s new general counsel.

Macdonald will direct OUII attorneys and staff and manage the office’s role in section 337 investigations. OUII conducts pre-institution review of complaints, advises the ITC on the institution of investigations and participates (when appropriate) as a party to the proceedings. Prior to joining the ITC, Macdonald worked in private practice at several Washington, D.C. law firms, where she represented clients in intellectual property matters in U.S. District Court and at the ITC and worked with U.S. Customs and Border Protection attorneys on enforcement issues related to ITC remedial orders in section 337 investigations.

Bianchi and the other attorneys in the general counsel’s office provide legal advice and support to ITC commissioners and staff on investigations and research studies. They also represent the ITC in all litigation involving its determinations and activities and provide assistance and advice on general administrative matters. Bianchi has previously served in several roles at the ITC, including acting general counsel, chief of staff under Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and congressional relations officer. Earlier in his career he worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as a congressional affairs specialist, policy advisor and acting assistant USTR for intergovernmental and public liaison. He has also practiced trade law in private practice.

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