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 led the Senate negotiations with the Trump Administration and U.S. House of Representatives on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ms. Fussell also worked on negotiations with 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.

In addition, Ms. Fussell was trade counsel for the House Committee on Ways and Means, where she served under three chairmen. She worked with the Obama Administration on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, serving as staff lead on customs and rules of origin issues, and 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. She contributed to significant legislative achievements during this time, 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. In addition, Ms. Fussell worked on a wide range of issues during her time in both chambers, including digital services taxes, tariff reform efforts, e-commerce, trade and technology, forced labor and trade in agriculture.

Prior to joining government, Ms. Fussell served in a variety of trade and public policy roles in the private sector for a major automobile manufacturer, a cross-sectoral trade association and a global technology company, where she worked on international trade, customs, e-commerce and technology policies, shipping and other regulatory issues. 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)
  • The Washington Ballet Women's Committee
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Persian (Farsi)


Speaking Engagements