Nasim D. Fussell is a trade attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Fussell has a wealth of trade legislation and negotiation experience, having served in numerous trade-related roles in the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Fussell was the chief international trade counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, serving under Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). She also served as deputy chief international trade counsel under former chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Ms. Fussell worked with the Trump Administration on trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico (USMCA), Japan (U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement), China (China Phase One Agreement), the United Kingdom, Kenya, the European Union, India and Brazil, as well as negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO), including on reform efforts, fisheries and e-commerce.  Ms. Fussell led the Senate negotiations with the Trump Administration and U.S. House of Representatives on the USMCA Implementation Act, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in a divided Congress.

In addition, Ms. Fussell was trade counsel for the House Committee on Ways and Means, where she served under three chairmen. In this role, she helped coordinate with the Obama Administration on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, serving as staff lead on customs and rules of origin issues. As lead customs counsel, Ms. Fussell worked closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury on all customs matters before the committee. In this role, she worked on significant legislative achievements, including the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015, Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 and American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016.

Prior to joining government, Ms. Fussell served in a variety of trade and public policy roles in the private sector for a global technology company, a major automobile manufacturer and a cross-sectional trade association. She started her legal career as a law clerk in the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration.

Not yet admitted to District of Columbia Bar; admitted to New York Bar only and practicing under supervision of lawyers licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.


  • The George Washington University Law School, LL.M., International and Comparative Law
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A., History
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, Third Judicial Department
  • The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT)
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA)
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Persian (Farsi)

Speaking Engagements