Theodore W. Kassinger

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Theodore Kassinger counsels US and foreign clients engaged in transnational business transactions, with an emphasis on international trade and investment regulatory matters. Calling on his more than 40 years of private practice and government experience, Ted provides regulatory, public affairs advocacy, and strategic counseling advice involving diverse issues of national security and international economic policy, including compliance with export control and economic sanctions regimes, industrial security rules administered by the Defense Security Service, trade remedies, and international trade and investment agreements. Ted is recognized as a leading lawyer handling matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Ted regularly works with companies across the industrial spectrum, and has particularly deep experience in advanced technology and energy sectors.


Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for International Trade: CFIUS (2015-2023)
  • Recognized as one of The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Chambers Global (2008-2023) and Chambers USA (2008-2022)
  • Recommended in Trade & Customs (2018-2019); Foreign Investment Review (2019) by Who’s Who Legal
  • Named an MVP in International Trade by Law360 (2015)
  • Named one of the leading lawyers in Washington, DC in Super Lawyers Magazine (2015)
  • Named by the University of Georgia School of Law as its 2006 Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar; recommended in The Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers (2010)


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia


  • University of Georgia, J.D., 1978: cum laude; Notes Editor, Georgia Law Review
  • University of Georgia, B.L.A., 1975: Gridiron Secret Society; Blue Key Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa

Professional Activities


  • Council on Foreign Relations, Board of Advisors of the Dean Rusk Center for International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies at the University of Georgia School of Law 


  • “Antidumping Duty Investigations,” Law and Practice of US International Trade Regulation (1987, 1989)
  • Chapters on GATT Antidumping, Procurement, Standards, and Subsidies Codes in Basic Documents of International Economic Law (CCH International and Westlaw 1990) 


  • “FDI in the US Expected To Accelerate, Litigation and Regulatory Risks Remain – What GC’s Should Know,” Corporate Counsel Connect Collection, co-authored with Ronald Cheng (2016)
  • “Top Ten Political Law Compliance Issues for the 2012 Election,” Corporate Counsel (2011)
  • “Antidumping Duty Investigations,” Law and Practice of United States International Trade Regulation, Oceana Publications (1996 update)
  • “Commercial Law Reform Issues in the Reconstruction of Iraq,” 33 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. J. 217 (2004) 
  • Representation of International Business Machines Corporation in connection with CFIUS matters involving the sale of its global semiconductor manufacturing business to GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
  • Representation of International Business Machines Corporation in connection with CFIUS matters involving the sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo. At the time it was announced, this transaction was described as the largest Chinese acquisition of a U.S. technology business.
  • Representation of BGI-Shenzhen, a genomic research and sequencing enterprise, in its acquisition of Complete Genomics, Inc. This transaction was the first successfully completed acquisition by a Chinese entity of a U.S. publicly traded company.
  • Representation of a European multinational company in connection with CFIUS matters involving multiple acquisitions of US physical and logical access control and security equipment businesses.
  • Representation of a European multinational company in connection with a range of primary and secondary U.S. economic sanctions compliance issues.