September 23, 2013
News Release 13-093
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Irving A. Williamson, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that Judge Sandra (Dee) Lord has joined the USITC as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Lord will manage litigation, preside over evidentiary hearings, and make initial determinations in the agency's investigations involving unfair practices in import trade. These investigations most often involve allegations of patent and trademark infringement.

Prior to joining the USITC, Lord served as an ALJ with the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (National Hearing Center) in Falls Church, VA. Previously, she was an ALJ in the Social Security Administration's Raleigh Hearing Office in Raleigh, NC.

Lord served as a Special Master in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims' Office of Special Masters from 2009-2012.

From 1997 to 2008, Lord was a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch/Frauds section in the Department of Justice's Civil Division. Prior to that, she was Of Counsel at the Washington, DC, law firm of Ross, Dixon & Masback (now Troutman Sanders, LLC); served as Associate General Counsel at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Bethesda, MD; and was an Assistant Counsel for Appellate Litigation in the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor.

Lord holds a juris doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, from Yale University. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices in import trade, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

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