GDLSK

PARTNERS

Harold M. Grunfeld

PARTNER

Harold M. Grunfeld is a founding partner and is resident in its New York office. Mr. Grunfeld’s practice is concentrated in Customs and international trade law. Mr. Grunfeld regularly counsels clients in connection with regulatory compliance, as well as the fiscal challenges of properly structuring international transactions. He represents clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Court of International Trade. He has extensive experience in representing clients in Customs audits and penalty investigations. Mr. Grunfeld has written articles on customs matters for business and trade publications and is a frequent lecturer on customs topics at seminars and conferences.

Francis J. Sailer

PARTNER

Frank Sailer is resident in the Firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Sailer is an international trade lawyer with more than 30 years experience in all aspects of international commercial matters. His practice has emphasized antidumping and countervailing duty counseling and litigation, advice on international trade agreements, customs counseling, and enforcement proceedings. Mr. Sailer was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the first Bush Administration. He has been on the roster of international trade experts maintained by the US Trade Representative, and has lectured and written widely on international trade law and policy.

David M. Murphy

PARTNER

David M. Murphy is a partner in the New York Office. Mr. Murphy has more than twenty-five years experience in handling complex cross-border issues with respect to customs and trade including US import and export control (classification, valuation, marking/origin, licensing, other governmental agency requirements, audits and investigations), international sanctions programs, drawback and special duty programs (free trade agreements, foreign trade zones/bonded warehouses). He represents clients before US Customs and Border Protection, Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Department of Commerce, the Bureau of Industry and Security, and other federal agencies. He has acted as counsel in numerous acquisitions, civil and criminal proceedings, False Claims Act investigations and litigation. Mr. Murphy has developed numerous internal compliance programs for import and export compliance and the US Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.

 

Mr. Murphy is a licensed US Customs Broker, a Certified Customs Specialist and an Accredited Zone Specialist (through the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones). Since 1995, he has taught a twice-yearly review course to assist individuals in preparing for the licensing examination for Customs brokers. He is a frequent speaker before various trade groups.

David J. Evan

PARTNER

David J. Evan is a partner in the Firm’s New York office. Mr. Evan focuses his practice on customs and international trade law and has assisted clients in connection with the identification of duty savings opportunities, classification, valuation, free trade programs, import compliance and Customs audits as well as broker compliance and audits.

 

Mr. Evan also has extensive experience in the area of US consumer product safety compliance and advises foreign and domestic manufacturers, importers and retailers with regard to all aspects of the regulations enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) including hazardous product reporting, product recall planning and coordination, internal product safety reviews, lead content, small parts regulations, Flammable Fabrics Act, Federal Hazardous Substances Act and Poison Prevention Packaging Act

Bruce M. Mitchell

PARTNER

Bruce M. Mitchell is the managing partner of the Firm’s trade law practice. His practice is concentrated in handling antidumping, countervailing duty and related trade matters involving China and other non-market economy countries, as well as trade cases on industries in Europe, the Americas, Japan and Southeast Asia. For over 30 years, Mr. Mitchell has represented a wide range of industries in trade cases before the US Department of Commerce, US International Trade Commission, US Customs and Border Protection and the federal courts. He has been a frequent lecturer and author of articles on US trade law issues. From 1975-1978, he served as a Trial Attorney with the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, International Trade Field Office. He was Chairman of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on International Law and Foreign Trade from 1979-1985.

Frank J. Desiderio

PARTNER

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.

Arthur W. Bodek

PARTNER

Arthur Bodek is a partner in the New York office of GDLSK. His practice is focused on import and export trade law, Customs law and other regulatory law as it relates to international trade. Much of his work centers around developing creative strategies to maximize benefits under Free Trade Agreements and a host of other duty-free/reduced duty tariff programs (e.g., U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Central American Free Trade Agreement, Generalized System of Preferences, African Growth and Opportunity Act, Caribbean Basin Initiative, and many others). Mr. Bodek also works with clients to develop favorable Customs valuation and tariff classification strategies to generate Customs duty-savings.

 

Mr. Bodek represents clients in connection with CBP requests, audits, investigations and enforcement actions. He is also involved in supply chain issues including those related to forced labor and sustainability as well as importer security programs such as the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

 

Mr. Bodek regularly counsels clients on compliance issues and frequently speaks to trade audiences on these topics.