Frank J. Desiderio


Mr. Desiderio is a founding member of the Firm.


At the outset of his legal career, he served as a trial attorney in the Customs Section of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he represented U.S. Customs in proceedings before the Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Today his clients include importers, retailers, foreign manufacturers, buying agents, trading companies, trade associations, customs brokers and foreign governments. He and members of his firm act as Customs counsel to many of the largest and most prestigious companies involved in the manufacture and worldwide distribution of luxury goods, apparel, footwear, electronics, food products, pharmaceuticals, etc.


For over 45 years, he has assisted clients in structuring their import transactions in a fashion which minimizes Customs duties, ensures regulatory compliance and eliminates penalty exposure.


He has written and lectured widely on Customs and trade issues, including publications and seminars in the U.S., Europe and Asia and is a frequent panelist on programs conducted by the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (NCBFAA), a guest lecturer on Customs in the Fashion Law Program at the Fordham Law School, a panelist on Customs and International Trade at Saint John’s University School of Law and is a member of the Advisory Board and panelist at  the Georgetown Law Center’s International Trade Update.


For over 35 years, he has been an active and sustaining member of the Italy America Chamber of Commerce (where he has served as a director, program committee chairman and, since 1992, has served as its Customs and Trade Advisor).


Mr. Desiderio is a Cavaliere dell’ Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, Commendatore and Board Member of the Savoy Orders of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and serves  as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the John Cabot University in Rome.



"Increasing Profits by Lowering Custom Duties," Trade with Italy, (1983)

"General Export Concerns," Trade with Italy (1987)

"GATT, Textiles, MFN & Vietnam," Vietnam Today (1994)

"U.S. Customs' Concerns About Origin," The Strategist (1994)

"Trading Without MFN," The Vietnam Business Journal (1995)

"Transfer Pricing and U.S. Customs," Italy Today Fall Issue (1999)

"New U.S. Marking Rules for Certain Silk Products," Italy Today, Millennium Issue (1999)

"Learning Local Customs," American British Business (2007)

"Proposed Importer Security Filer and Additional Carrier Requirements Dramatically Change the Methodology and Timing of Data Transmission," e'Itala USA (2008)

"New U.S. Legislation Imposes Additional Standards and Certification Requirements on Children's Products and Apparel Exported to the U.S.," Il Doganalista (2008)

"Memorandum sul manzo," Il Doganalista (2009)

“Will the ‘First Sale’ Rule Survive,” Trade with Italy (2010)

“Thoughts on the ‘first sale’ Rule,” World Customs Journal, Volume 4, Number 1 (2010)

"First Sale Appraisement Equals Substantial Duty Savings," Trade with Italy (2015)


International NYTimes Luxury Law Summit (London) Panelist (2014-Present)

Georgetown Law Center: Panelist and Advisory Board Member for International Trade Update (2013-Present)

Fordham Law School, Guest Lecturer: Fashion Law (2011-Present)

Italian Trade Commission: Legal, Customs & Tax (2012)

Business Development Institute: Examining Corporate Tax Strategies for Multinational Corporations (2011)

World Trade Institute: New York and New Jersey Port Authority, Customs Law (1977-1980, 1995-1997)

World Trade Institute: Pace University, Harmonized Tariff System Workshop (1998-2000)

International Business Machines, Customs Law (1992-1993)

South African Professional Development Program (1995)

Executive Enterprises, US Customs Valuation and the Interplay with Transfer Pricing (1994)

Importing for Exporters: An Overview (1996)


Italy America Chamber of Commerce, Tariff & Trade Advisor (1999-Present)


New York State (Member, Committee on International Trade)

American Bar Association

Customs and International Trade Bar Association


Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

U.S. Court of Claims

U.S. Tax Court


St. John’s University J.D. (1972)

St. John’s University B.S. (1969)