Nancy A. Noonan

Partner
Nancy's practice focuses on international trade and immigration issues.
Nancy Noonan, Partner, Washington DC at Arent Fox

Nancy handles proceedings under the international trade and customs laws of the United States and under the US’ immigration and nationality laws.

Client Work

Regarding international trade and customs matters, Nancy has represented a wide variety of clients in antidumping, countervailing duty, Section 201, Section 232 and Section 301 proceedings before the US Department of Commerce, the US International Trade Commission, US Customs and Border Protection, and the Office of the US Trade Representative. She also counsels clients on trade dispute issues arising under the North American Free Trade Agreement and World Trade Organization agreements. She has advised clients in their defense against penalty proceedings by US Customs and Border Protection and False Claims Act proceedings relating to the importation of goods into the United States. In addition, Nancy has counseled clients with respect to classification, valuation, and country of origin marking issues under the customs law. 

Nancy’s clients have included a major steel company; a provincial government in Canada; several trade associations; and manufacturers of merchandise ranging from softwood lumber, to salmon, to bedroom furniture.

She has appeared before the US Court of International Trade, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

As for immigration and nationality law, Nancy routinely advises companies and individuals regarding the optimal strategies for the transfer of foreign nationals for temporary and permanent employment in the United States, and counsels companies in matters relating to the employer’s legal obligations under immigration law. She is experienced in employment and family-based immigration, nonimmigrant visas, and citizenship issues. She has represented individuals of extraordinary ability, professionals, skilled workers, and investors, as well as obtaining Regional Center approval (EB-5) under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.

Previous Work

Nancy served as a law clerk to the Hon. Evan J. Wallach of the US Court of International Trade.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

  • Nancy is the Chairman of the Rules Advisory Committee to the US Court of International Trade, and served as a member of the planning committee for the Court of International Trade Judicial Conference in 2004 and 2006. She was also a planner and facilitator at the Court of International Trade Bar and Bench Conference in 2003.
  • Nancy is a member of the Advisory Board to the Georgetown Law International Trade Update.
  • Speaker, Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association (MEMA)."Section 301 Investigations and Proposed Tariffs,” April 2018.
  • Speaker, MEMA, “Process to Exclude Products from the Section 232 Presidential Proclamations on Steel and Aluminum,” March 2018.
  • Speaker, BSCAI, “What’s New in Immigration,” March 2018.
  • Nancy’s article “Court of International Trade Decisions During 2012 Under 28 U.S.C. § 1581(I) Residual Jurisdiction” was published in the Fall 2013 edition of the Georgetown Journal of International Law.
  • Nancy wrote the “Survey of International Law in the Second Circuit,” published by the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce in spring 2005, 2006, and 2007. She also wrote a chapter in Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country published in 2011 by Robinson Omnimedia Publishing & Studios. In 2008, she contributed an article titled “Preparing and Empowering Clients to Achieve Success with Immigration Matters,” published in the critically acclaimed Inside the Minds series, as well as an article on “Prepping Your Client for Naturalization or Adjustment of Status to Legal Permanent Residence Interviews with USCIS” in the booklet Naturalization Interviews with the USCIS. Nancy has presented on the immigration aspects of deemed exports at the American Bar Association’s program “Beware the Invisible Export Controls,” and in 2004, she was a guest speaker at Georgetown University Law’s Continuing Legal Education Division’s International Trade Update.
  • Nancy also serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee as Vice Chair of committee for the DC office and is on the Board of the DC Affordable Law Firm.

Life Beyond the Law

Nancy lives with her husband and their two children in the Ballston area of Arlington, Virginia. Prior to entering law school, Nancy taught English in Toyama, Japan for two years through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.