Meredith M. Broadbent, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that Judge MaryJoan McNamara has joined the USITC as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). McNamara 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, McNamara served as an ALJ with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (National Hearing Center) in Baltimore, MD. Previously, she was a civil litigation attorney in private practice; a consultant to the U.S. Department of State on certain provisions of the Hague Convention; and an EEO specialist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Adjudication and Compliance, where she drafted final agency decisions.
Earlier in her career, McNamara was an attorney in private practice in Baltimore, MD, and in Boston, MA, where she engaged in complex litigation that included first chair trials and appellate work. Among other positions, McNamara held a position as a Special Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts and as a Court Conciliator in Lowell Superior Court, Massachusetts. McNamara began her career at the Illinois Bureau of the Budget (now Office of Management and Budget) in Springfield, IL.
McNamara holds a juris doctor degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; a master’s degree from the University of Chicago; and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. She also completed coursework at the University of Vienna’s Institute of European Studies in Austria.
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.