Michele Lehat is an Associate (pending admission) in the firm’s New York office. She began her career as an intern in the spring of 2023. Her practice is focused on customs and international trade law. Ms. Lehat has experience with the classification of merchandise under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, country of origin determinations, customs enforcement issues including detentions and seizures, antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) scope rulings, first sale appraisement programs, and regulatory issues involving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Ms. Lehat came from a family of customs brokers, and throughout law school she worked as an FDA consultant guiding importers in Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) compliance. She was also a legal intern at the USDA Regulatory and Food Safety division. As a law student, Ms. Lehat served as Executive Editor for the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, and is the author of The Power of Influence: Standardizing the Influencer Marketing Industry through Alternative Dispute Resolution”, 24 Cardozo J. Conflict Resolution, 453 (2022); and “The Implications of the Supreme Court’s NCAA v. Alston Decision and Why Negotiation May Be Key to Fending off Future Litigation” Cardozo J. Conflict Resolution (2021).