The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Work +1 202 452 7373
Fax +1 202 452 7333

James Durling

Work +1 202 452 7328
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Work Department

International Trade


James Durling is a partner in Curtis' International Trade group. He focuses his practice on international trade law and cross-border investment issues.

Mr. Durling defends foreign governments and companies in antidumping, countervailing duty, and other trade-remedy investigations.  He also advises on parties' obligations under World Trade Organization agreements, and  has significant experience litigating WTO disputes and other trade policy disputes.

Beyond his work on disputes, Mr. Durling also handles a wide range of issues where other regulatory laws affect international trade. He advises clients on the Exon-Florio provisions and related filings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

He has significant experience in customs law, including valuation, classification, and customs audits. He has also worked on transfer pricing issues, and the intersection of transfer pricing rules and other regulatory rules on pricing. Mr. Durling has also developed a focus on the intersection of trade law and antitrust laws, including the anticompetitive consequences of trade law remedies. He has also worked on issues involving the international regulation of intellectual property, and the intersection of rules on intellectual property, antitrust, and international trade.

His practice also involves representing Asian companies, particularly Chinese, Japanese, and Korean clients.  He  has also worked with clients in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. He has worked with clients on a wide range of high-profile trade policy disputes, including the trade policy battles over automobiles, semiconductors, and color film, and has been actively involved in the related WTO proceedings arising out of these trade policy battles.   His recent major matters include the defense of several antidumping cases against China and Indonesia, several WTO disputes both attacking and defending trade remedy measures, and U.S. court litigation that invalidated the use of the U.S. countervailing duty law against China.

Mr. Durling is ranked as a leading International Trade lawyer in Chambers USA and Chambers Global. He is described as a "high quality lawyer" and is noted for his "impressive client roster which has featured big-ticket names."  Chambers Global 2017 reports client feedback that "More than any other lawyer I've worked with, he understands economics." Mr. Durling is also recommended for his work in International Trade by Legal 500 USA.


DC Bar Association


NYU School of Law, J.D.; Princeton University, M.P.A.; Haverford College, B.A.

United States: Dispute resolution

International trade

Within: International trade

With a core team that has practiced together for more than 30 years, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP provides a high degree of experience and knowledge to a strong and loyal client base of foreign exporters and governments in many of their highest-profile trade disputes. Although it has a smaller international footprint than many of the ranked firms, its offices in Geneva and Beijing are of great assistance to clients in, respectively, WTO matters and the many China-related issues. Team head Daniel Porter regularly leads on the most significant matters handled by the firm, such as the ongoing representation of LG Electronics in its trade litigation. This work has recently included defending the company in relation to safeguard actions targeting the importation of washing machines and solar panels. Matthew McCullough has a flourishing reputation in the market, having achieved some significant victories for corporates and foreign governments in subsidies cases. As well as handling domestic investigations, McCullough, alongside Porter, has also been a pivotal part of the firm's growth in the WTO arena, where the Chinese government is a significant client. James Durling rounds out the team at partner level, while counsel Antonio Riva Palacio Lavin has expertise advising on matters with a Latin America nexus, as well as on China matters by virtue of his role as the firm's chief representative of the Beijing office. William Barringer  joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in April 2018. Named attorneys are based out of Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to