GDLSK

Peter W. Klestadt

PARTNER

Peter W. Klestadt is a senior partner in the New York office. He has more than 30 years of experience concentrating in the areas of Customs and related import and export laws. He regularly appears before the federal agencies responsible for enforcing these laws, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS, NOAA) and others. Mr. Klestadt counsels clients on how to maximize opportunities in areas such as valuation, tariff classification, marking and country of origin as well as in the areas of regulatory compliance and audits. He has developed extensive experience defending complex criminal and civil investigations involving customs fraud, food labeling and endangered species Lacey Act violations, as well as False Claims Act cases involving evasion of customs and antidumping duties. Mr. Klestadt is also a licensed Customs Broker and worked in the customs brokerage and freight forwarding industry prior to beginning his legal career. He continues to render advice in this area.

EXPERIENCE

AUTHOR

Contributing Author: Import Handbook (1997)

INSTRUCTOR

New York University: Customhouse Brokerage for License Applicants (1985)

Customs Law Survey (1986)

Minimizing Customs Duties (1987)

Customs Law Survey: Making the Law Work for You (1988)

Food and Drug Law Institute: Advanced Food Law Workshop, Imports of Foods (1992)

Pace University, World Trade Institute: Harmonized Tariff System Workshop (1996-2000)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Transportation Lawyers Association

Customs and International Trade Bar Association

Fashion Service Network

Consulegis

COURT ADMISSIONS

US Court of International Trade (1988)

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1989)

US Supreme Court (2012)

STATE BAR MEMBERSHIPS

New York (1984)

EDUCATION

Brooklyn Law School J.D. (1983)

New York University B.A. (1980)