January 18, 2005
News Release 05-013
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Stephen Koplan, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission, has announced that James M. Lyons had been designated General Counsel of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

As General Counsel, Lyons will serve as the ITC's chief legal advisor. The General Counsel and the other attorneys in that office provide legal advice and support to the Commissioners and ITC staff on investigations and research studies. They also represent the ITC in all litigation involving its determinations and activities as well as providing assistance and advice on general administrative matters, including labor relations, personnel, and procurement.

Lyons served as the ITC's Deputy General Counsel from 2001 until his appointment as acting General Counsel in February 2004. As Deputy General Counsel, he provided counsel on all areas of agency responsibility and supervised the agency's litigation in various fora, both domestic and international, in defense of Commission determinations and authority.

He has practiced international trade law since 1977, starting his career as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Lyons entered private practice in 1982, where he remained until 1993, when he first came to the ITC. From 1997 to 2001, he served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). At USTR, he was responsible for legal matters related to trade in agricultural products, including related WTO and NAFTA dispute settlement proceedings. His public service experience also includes legal positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Customs Service, the predecessor of the current Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.

He holds a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency that makes determinations concerning the impact of imports and their potential injury on domestic companies. The ITC staff includes experts who analyze virtually every commodity imported into the United States. The ITC provides data on international trade to the President, Congress, other federal agencies, and the public.