Our world is constantly evolving. Resilient organizations have clarity of purpose, but at the same time they embrace technology and innovation to solve complex business issues.

James S Lessard-Templin

EY Americas Global Trade Lead

Helps clients navigate global trade controversy. Builds import and export compliance solutions for clients challenged by a rapidly evolving global economy. Outdoorsman. Cook. Husband and dad of two.

James has over 12 years of experience supporting his clients’ global trade needs. He guides clients through import and export controversies and builds agile and resilient global trade programs that help ensure compliance and are tailored to business needs. James has extensive experience writing, presenting, and handling US–China trade matters.

He holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in International Business and Trade Law from John Marshall Law School.

How James is building a better working world

James brings thoughtful solutions to complex problems. He believes that future success requires a foundation built on diversity and inclusiveness of background, experience, thought, and perspective.

As an attorney with over a decade of experience at EY, he is passionate about securing the best outcome for his clients and knows the importance of bringing a strong and diverse team to the table. His approach has resulted in millions of dollars of tariff refunds, avoidance of costly penalties, and improvement of his clients’ compliance operations.

Simply, his career has focused on designing, building, and nurturing better compliance outcomes.

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