James McAndrew leads the firm’s international Art and Antiquity practice area. He’s a non-legal professional internationally known for his former role as the founder and Lead Program Manager of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s International Art and Antiquity Theft Investigations Program. He was DHS’s spokesperson at international law enforcement, Customs and Cultural Ministry conferences hosted around the world. He developed the DHS training program for CBPOs, DHS HSI Special Agents, DOJ United States Attorney’s Offices and foreign law enforcement officials. James’ client’s include major auction houses, public, private, and academic museums and institutions, art dealers and high net worth collectors in the U.S. and abroad.
James compliments all of the firm’s practice areas with his 28-year successful career as a Senior Special Agent with legacy U.S. Customs Service thence the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for which he held several positions at the field and managerial levels. James provides strategic advice to the firm’s clients whether they be foreign manufacturers, domestic producers, importers and exporters, in complex customs and international trade matters. He also provides strategic advice concerning third agency issues/inquiries such as OFAC, DOC, BIS, FINCEN, USFWS, CBP for Trademark, IPR, to name a few.
He brings specialized expertise in customs civil and criminal enforcement of import and export regulations enforced by the 42 separate agencies with jurisdiction at U.S. ports of entry. His law enforcement insight, experience and information has proven invaluable to the firm’s representation of many clients confronted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and/or Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for alleged violations of import or export laws, regulations and agreements.