GDLSK is pleased to announce that Heather Litman, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, has been appointed as a member of the 16th term of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (“COAC”). The COAC advises the Secretaries of the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security on all matters involving the commercial operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and significant changes that may be proposed regarding CBP regulations, policies, or practices. The complete list of the 16th Term COAC membership can be found here.
Heather has over twenty years of experience in helping domestic and foreign-based companies to establish, maintain, and optimize compliant international trade programs. Over the years, Heather has represented clients in a full range of traditional customs matters and has litigated disputes before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The daughter of a customs broker, Heather is committed to giving back to the international trade community. She has served on the boards of several trade associations, including the American Association of Exporters and Importers, and for years taught the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association customs broker preparatory class. Heather previously served as a trade member on the COAC IPR Modernization working group. Heather received her A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, graduated cum laude with a J.D. from Tulane University Law School, and is a licensed customs broker.