Sandra “Dee” Lord has joined the U.S. International Trade Commission as an administrative law judge (ALJ).
Lord will manage litigation, preside over evidentiary hearings, and make initial determinations in the agency's investigations involving unfair practices in import trade. These investigations most often involve allegations of patent and trademark infringement.
Prior to joining ITC, Lord served as an ALJ with the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (National Hearing Center) in Falls Church, Va. Previously, she was an ALJ in the Social Security Administration's Raleigh Hearing Office in Raleigh, N.C.
Lord served as a special master in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims' Office of Special Masters from 2009-2012.
From 1997 to 2008, she was a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch/Frauds section in the Department of Justice's Civil Division, and prior to that, was of counsel at the Washington law firm Ross, Dixon & Masback (now Troutman Sanders, LLC).
ITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices in import trade, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.