Areas of Practice
Education
  • University of Virginia Law School, J.D., 2008, Dean’s Scholar, Articles Editor, Virginia Journal of International Law
  • Bowdoin College, B.A., Government, cum laude, 2004
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • US Court of International Trade
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 1320
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Amy Lentz advises foreign and domestic sovereign clients on a variety of international trade matters, particularly high-profile disputes arising under the agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With nearly a decade of experience, Ms. Lentz is well-acquainted with and well-known within the system, having litigated a wide range of issues concerning the interpretation and application of WTO agreements before dispute settlement panels and the WTO Appellate Body. Ms. Lentz represents sovereign clients in matters arising under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM), the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). She also counsels private sector clients in countervailing duty investigations.

Ms. Lentz has been a key member of the Steptoe team representing the governments of China, Brazil, and Argentina in several high profile disputes at the WTO. Ms. Lentz is also part of the Steptoe team that is representing the Canadian softwood lumber industry in a decades-old dispute over imports of lumber from Canada, the largest and most complex countervailing duty (CVD) case ever litigated.

Representative Matters

  • Representing the government of China in ongoing compliance proceedings in relation to one of the most comprehensive trade remedy challenges ever launched at the WTO. The challenge involved 18 separate countervailing duty determinations issued by the US Department of Commerce (DOC) against China over five years. China asked the panel to apply the landmark legal victories Steptoe previously achieved on China’s behalf before the Appellate Body to certain recurring legal issues in the 18 determinations under challenge, including the DOC's treatment of state-owned enterprises in China as "public bodies."
  • Representing the Canadian softwood lumber industry in a decades-old dispute over imports of lumber from Canada, the largest and most complex CVD case ever litigated. The US lumber industry filed new AD/CVD investigation against imports of softwood lumber from Canada in 2016, and Steptoe is playing a prominent role in this investigation.
  • Representing the government of Brazil before the WTO dispute settlement body in response to complaints brought by the European Union and Japan. The disputes are of systemic importance to Brazil, because virtually all elements of its industrial policy were challenged by the complainants as discriminatory taxes or prohibited import-substitution subsidies.
  • Represented the government of China when it challenged the consistency of US legislation retroactively authorizing the imposition of countervailing duties on imports from so-called "non-market economies" (including China) with the transparency requirements in Article X of the GATT. China disagreed with the panel’s central legal finding, and the Appellate Body reversed this finding and agreed with the interpretation that had been advanced by China.
  • Represented the government of China in its defense of a challenge by the United States under the GATS in relation to certain alleged "restrictions and requirements maintained by China pertaining to electronic payment services for payment card transactions and the suppliers of those services." The panel rejected the US claim that China had established a monopoly for the processing of domestic payment card transactions, which was the principal claim at issue in the dispute.
  • Representing the government of Argentina before the WTO dispute settlement body in response to complaints brought by the European Union, United States, and Japan regarding Argentina’s import regime. The elements of Argentina’s trade policy at issue are of crucial importance to the Argentine administration, both economically and politically.
  • Assisted the government of China in obtaining landmark Appellate Body rulings that the parallel imposition of antidumping and countervailing duty measures against certain Chinese imports amounts to the application of a “double remedy” that is inconsistent with Article 19.3 of the SCM Agreement, and that state-owned enterprises in China are not "public bodies" under Article 1.1(a)(1) solely by virtue of their majority government ownership.

Noteworthy

Law360, Rising Star in International Trade, 2017

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