International Trade Law
Companies seeking to expand their operations in today’s global markets see many tremendous opportunities. But they also face a great deal of risk and uncertainty, given the complex web of rules regulating international business activities and ever-changing political dynamics.
Clark Hill’s International Trade Practice Group helps clients to successfully navigate this intricate business and regulatory environment. Working with an extensive network of more than 160 local counsel in major domestic and foreign locations, we represent clients before all of the governmental and international agencies that regulate and influence cross-border commerce, including all of the federal agencies that oversee the importation and exportation of goods to and from the United States. We also routinely represent clients in federal and state courts.
Our lawyers have held positions with the U.S. government, including at the Department of Commerce overseeing antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cases. Our team includes licensed customs brokers and members who have served as in-house counsel for multinational corporations.
We draw on many decades of knowledge gained from representing and helping to lead companies across all major industry sectors, including: agricultural and food products, rubber, steel, electronics, high tech, computers and software, cosmetics, medical devices, automotive, textiles and apparel, footwear, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, bio-technology, heavy industry and manufacturing, telecommunications, defense, and aviation and aerospace.
Members of our team are respected and recognized within the international trade and customs community. They serve in senior positions on the board of the U.S. Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and as subject matter liaison to the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.
Certain international trade matters involve policy issues and require collaboration with officials at the highest levels of U.S. government. For such matters, we have reliably involved our nationally recognized government affairs professionals who have served in senior executive positions in the federal government; national, state, and local political campaigns; local and state elected offices; and been state legislative and congressional chiefs of staff, senior gubernatorial staff, and statewide elected officials. Clark Hill’s political law team has represented U.S. presidents and presidential candidates, U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, governors, state treasurers, and political candidates at all levels of government.
We share our knowledge and experience with our clients, actively assisting them in designing and implementing systems that reduce errors and proactively enabling them to address potential problem areas efficiently and effectively. We also help our clients recognize opportunities for mitigating duties and taxes, or simply to find better ways of doing things.
We are fervently committed to providing world-class, efficient and economical service. Our diversified backgrounds and experience enable us to provide timely, practical solutions that are specifically tailored to achieve our clients’ objectives while fully complying with applicable laws, regulations and trade agreements. Dedicated to providing the close, personal attention necessary to ensure long-lasting relationships, we are proud that 90% of our clients have relied on us for three years or more.