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Spencer Toubia

Associate

stoubia@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.508.8781
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Spencer Toubia is an associate in the International Trade Group of Crowell & Moring and resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Spencer’s practice focuses on advising clients on all areas of trade remedies, import regulatory compliance, and international trade litigation. His experience covers an extensive range of trade remedies issues, including those related to antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations, administrative reviews, and litigation; steel and aluminum tariffs under Section 232 National Security Investigation; and the additional tariffs on products from China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

Spencer is extremely proud of the ongoing pro bono work he does for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless for whom he has work on a myriad of different matters. Spencer also spends his free time tutoring students at the John Marshal Academy in the Firm’s tutoring program.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Spencer worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce at the International Trade Administration conducting and initiating AD and CVD investigations and administrative reviews. He spent almost two years in the enforcement division where he conducted several high-profile AD and CVD investigations involving market economy and non-market economy countries. His responsibilities included performing quantitative analyses of data submitted by foreign respondents, conducting on-site verifications of foreign respondents (and their U.S. affiliates) and foreign governments, drafting agency determinations, calculating CVD rates and AD duty margins using SAS computer programs, and preparing administrative determinations pursuant to judicial remands. He then spent about a year in the Office of AD Policy, where he focused on instituting and normalizing a rarely used mechanism for self-initiating AD and CVD cases known as “self-initiations.” In addition, he helped counsel prospective AD and CVD petitioners. Spencer was actively involved in the Department of Commerce’s first self-initiations of AD and CVD cases in over 25 years. 

Before moving to Commerce, Spencer spent his last semester of law school as a full-time intern at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit under the Honorable Judge Evan Wallach. Spencer helped review several appeals from the Court of International Trade, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

While in law school, Spencer served as a research assistant to Professor Raj Bhala, a renowned international trade law scholar, by whom Spencer is acknowledged for his contributions to several highly circulated textbooks in international trade law and international finance. Spencer also participated in the ELSA International Trade Moot Court Competition, where he argued before a mock World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel. He also spent a summer in Kansas’ largest District Attorneys’ office, where he argued before the court in several hearings and trials.

Before embarking on his legal career, Spencer worked for two years in international trade finance in the banking sector, where he focused on import and export letters of credit and foreign-exchange.

Education

  • University of Kansas, B.S. business; Dean's Certificate of International Business (2010)
  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D. (2015)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Missouri

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"Action Required for Importers Impacted by COVID-19," International Trade Bulletin (March 24, 2020). Contacts: John B. Brew, Spencer Toubia
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The Month in International Trade – December 2019," International Trade Bulletin (January 13, 2020). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Carlton Greene, Michelle J. Linderman, David (Dj) Wolff, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Erik Woodhouse, Adelicia R. Cliffe, David Baron, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Brian McGrath, Nimrah Najeeb, Evan Y. Chuck, Walter (Sam) Boone, Spencer Toubia
Client Alert / Newsletter
"U.S. Agrees to Suspend List 4b Tariffs and Decrease List 4a Tariffs in a “Phase One” Trade Deal with China," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (December 17, 2019). Authors: Spencer Toubia and Walter (Sam) Boone.
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"The Month in International Trade – November 2019," International Trade Bulletin (December 11, 2019). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Walter (Sam) Boone, Spencer Toubia, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Paul Freeman, Rebecca Toro Condori
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Trump Reinstates Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Brazil and Argentina in Response to Alleged Currency Manipulation," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (December 2, 2019). Authors: Spencer Toubia and Walter (Sam) Boone.
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"MTB and Section 301 List 4 Exclusion Requests," Crowell & Moring Webinar (November 8, 2019). Presenters: Spencer Toubia and Amanda K. Nguyen (Fragrance Creators Association).
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"The Month in International Trade – October 2019," International Trade Bulletin (November 8, 2019). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Spencer Toubia, Carlton Greene, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Robert Holleyman, Walter (Sam) Boone, Rebecca Toro Condori
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Trump WH Announces Changes/Reviews for Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (October 29, 2019). Authors: Spencer Toubia and Melissa Morris.
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"The Month in International Trade – September 2019," International Trade Bulletin (October 15, 2019). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Daniel Cannistra, Adelicia R. Cliffe, John B. Brew, David (Dj) Wolff, Frances P. Hadfield, Aaron Marx, Ru Xiao-Graham, Robert L. LaFrankie, Michelle J. Linderman, Robert Holleyman, Cherie Walterman, Spencer Toubia, Rebecca Toro Condori, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Walter (Sam) Boone
Client Alert / Newsletter
"China Exempts 16 Types of U.S. Products from Retaliatory Tariffs ahead of Trade Talks with U.S.," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (September 11, 2019). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield, Spencer Toubia, Edward Goetz and Walter (Sam) Boone.
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