Schagrin Associates is pleased to announce that Saad Y. Chalchal has joined the firm as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, he served in the executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government.
Most recently, Mr. Chalchal served as Senior Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance. In that role, he advised the agency with respect to its administration and enforcement of the U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws to ensure a level playing field for U.S. industries facing unfair foreign trade practices. Mr. Chalchal has substantial experience defending the U.S. Department of Commerce’s antidumping and countervailing duty determinations before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the World Trade Organization, and NAFTA and USMCA Binational Panels.
During Mr. Chalchal’s time at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he worked on the comprehensive updates to the agency’s regulations finalized in September 2021 designed to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the relief antidumping and countervailing duty orders provide to U.S. industries. In addition, Mr. Chalchal provided legal support to the agency’s Customs Liaison Unit, which works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to facilitate the effective enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duty orders and the accurate assessment of duties. Mr. Chalchal also advised the agency on matters relating to its duties as Chair of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board.
Mr. Chalchal began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Claire R. Kelly, the Honorable Jennifer Choe-Groves, and the Honorable Timothy C. Stanceu at the U.S. Court of International Trade. As a judicial law clerk, Mr. Chalchal assisted with judicial review of determinations made under the U.S. international trade laws by the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Department of Labor. While in law school, Mr. Chalchal served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jane A. Restani at the U.S. Court of International Trade.
Mr. Chalchal received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, and he is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. His practice is currently limited to matters before federal courts and agencies.