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PARTNERS

Andrew T. Schutz

PARTNER

Andrew T. Schutz is partner in the Firm’s Milwaukee, WI office. Mr. Schutz represents and advises governments and companies, foreign and domestic, in US international trade law and US Customs matters. His practice focuses on antidumping duty and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., where he represents foreign manufactures, exporters, foreign governments, and U.S. importers. Mr. Schutz has extensive experience in U.S. countervailing duty actions, representing companies and governments from China, India, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan in over 20 proceedings since 2007. He also has an active litigation practice before the US Court of International Trade and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He lectures frequently on US trade law and policy and is a licensed customs broker. Mr. Schutz was selected as a 2014, 2015 & 2016 International Trade “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

Andrew B. Schroth

PARTNER

Andrew Schroth is a partner in the Washington DC office. His practice is focused on antidumping and countervailing duty actions and other federal trade actions before the US Department of Commerce, the US International Trade Commission and US Trade Representative.

 

Andrew is involved in all aspects of representing US and foreign interests (including foreign governments and corporations) before US government agencies and courts in trade disputes involving unfair trade practices, “less than fair value” pricing investigations, unlawful subsidization and other trade remedies administered under the World Trade Organization (WTO). Andrew also counsels on US Customs, product and food safety and related regulatory issues. He is a frequent speaker in Asia on trade related matters as well as product safety regulations and US import/export law. He counsels government agencies in China and Vietnam and lectures on issues relevant to US trade and customs laws.

Jordan C. Kahn

PARTNER

Jordan Kahn is a partner and licensed customs broker with extensive agency and litigation experience. He has since 2011 continuously represented clients in trade remedy proceedings, primarily involving products made from natural resources. He has successfully argued appeals at both the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).

 

Mr. Kahn clerked at the CIT from 2008 to 2010 for the Honorable Evan J. Wallach (since elevated to the CAFC). He served as in-house counsel for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) from 1999 to 2007, advising TRPA to implement environmental regulation and litigating cases that include the U.S. Supreme Court victory Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. TRPA, 505 U.S. 302 (2002).

Ned H. Marshak

PARTNER

Ned H. Marshak is resident in the New York office. After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975, Mr. Marshak worked for two years as a staff attorney at Customs Service Headquarters in Washington, DC He then entered private practice in New York, where for the past 33 years his practice has focused solely on international trade and customs related issues.

 

Mr. Marshak has represented foreign manufacturers, importers, foreign governments and trade associations before US Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission in numerous complex customs and trade cases over the years, including consumer electronic products from Japan, steel products from Germany, and softwood lumber from Canada. Since joining the Firm in 2004, his practice has focused on the myriad of issues arising from trade with China, most notably, antidumping proceedings, customs audits, fraud investigations and trade preference programs. His practice includes strategic planning, administrative proceedings, and, where necessary, litigating adverse administrative decisions before the Court of International Trade and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

 

Mr. Marshak has also represented clients in customs and trade related actions in Federal Courts throughout the United States (Lanham Act, Qui Tam, Antitrust, Record Keeping requirements). He was lead counsel for plaintiff-appellant in the seminal Appellate Court decision, Nissho Iwai American Corporation v. United States, which led to the development of the “first sale rule ” of appraisement for customs purposes.

 

Mr. Marshak frequently lectures and authors articles on customs and trade issues. He has been an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School for many years, teaching international/trade customs law from a practitioner’s perspective.

Heather C. Litman

PARTNER

Heather Litman is resident in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice is focused on helping domestic and foreign-based companies maximize trade benefits, while maintaining compliant international trade programs.  She represents clients before US Customs and Border Protection in a full range of traditional customs matters involving tariff classification, valuation, origin, labeling, intellectual property rights, broker compliance, and other government agency regulatory requirements. Heather also represents companies in administrative enforcement actions. When matters cannot be acceptably resolved at the administrative level, she litigates before the US Court of International Trade and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

 

Heather began her legal career in 1991 and previously served as law clerk to the Hon. Harvey Schneider and the Hon. Stephen O’Neil of the Los Angeles Superior Court. She is a licensed customs broker and for many years served as an instructor for the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association’s Customs Broker preparatory class. Heather is a frequent speaker on global customs and international trade issues.

Alan G. Lebowitz

PARTNER

Alan G. Lebowitz is one of the Firm’s founding partners. His practice areas include customs law, intellectual property, administrative enforcement proceedings, export sanctions, trade legislation, product licensing and admissibility and international trade regulations. He has represented clients before US Customs and Border Protection and other government agencies with responsibility over import and export transactions, e.g., the Food and Drug Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security, the Federal Maritime Commission, etc. for over 30 years. Mr. Lebowitz counsels companies on a regular basis with regard to duty minimization and internal compliance programs and has assisted both private and public companies with respect to government and internal audits and investigations.

Dharmendra N. Choudhary

PARTNER

Dharmendra Choudhary is a partner in the Firm’s Washington D.C. office. Since 2007, he has been representing foreign exporters and U.S. importers in trade remedy proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has significant experience handling Antidumping and Countervailing duty cases on products from both market and non-market economies such as China, Vietnam, Korea and India covering a wide range of industries including steel, solar panel, wind towers, diamond sawblades, tires, chemicals and other industrial goods. With his extensive contacts at various levels of trade in many countries, Mr. Choudhary is a recognized expert on critical surrogate value and surrogate country issues implicated in the non-market economy Antidumping cases.

 

From 1993 to 2006, he served as Assistant, Deputy, Joint and Additional Commissioners in Customs and Central Excise Department of the Govt. of India (GOI). During 2001-2005, he was a Special Counsel for the GOI before the apex Indirect Taxation Tribunal, CESTAT.

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.

Alan R. Klestadt

PARTNER

Alan R. Klestadt is a partner in the New York office. He assists his clients in structuring their transactions in order to minimize customs duties, ensure regulatory compliance and eliminate customs penalty exposure. He has extensive experience in managing compliance reviews and developing strategies to maximize import opportunities. He is experienced in handling complex investigations, audits and penalty matters. He also provides guidance on regulatory and legislative proposals that impact his clients’ businesses.

 

The focus of Mr. Klestadt’s practice is the development of strategic solutions to maximize the customs and tax opportunities attendant to his clients’ international transactions. He travels frequently to meet with clients and the parties they do business with in order to facilitate the resolution of his clients’ interests.

 

Mr. Klestadt is a licensed customs broker and lectures extensively on issues relating to customs valuation, import strategy and regulatory compliance.

Harry L. Isacoff

PARTNER

Harry L. Isacoff is resident in the Firm’s New York office.  His practice is concentrated in customs and international trade law, and assists clients to maximize customs duty savings and minimize the risk associated with cross border transactions. He has extensive experience advising clients on matters involving product valuation, tariff classification, preferential trade programs, and other government agency requirements. His practice focuses on assisting clients with first-sale program implementations, corporate compliance programs, the development of customs-focused internal controls, and customs transfer pricing studies. He also represents clients during customs audits, government inquiries and penalty cases.

 

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Isacoff spent 15 years as a customs and international trade consultant within the Big 4 accounting firms, including 4 years as the North East Area Leader for KPMG’s Trade and Customs Practice in New York.  As a consultant, he advised clients with respect to customs transfer pricing, regulatory compliance, supply chain optimization and related import and export matters. Mr. Isacoff was also the Vice President of a regional customs brokerage and freight forwarding company.