Areas of Practice

 

Customs Issues

International trade law includes the appropriate rules and customs for handling trade between countries. Depending on local legislation and regulations, the import or export of some goods may be restricted or forbidden. The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection enforces these regulations and handles civil seizures and releases.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law deals with the rules for securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, and artistic works. Just as the law protects ownership of personal property and real estate, so too does it protect the exclusive control of intangible assets.

Federal Maritime Commission

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system for the benefit of U.S. exporters, importers, and the U.S. consumer

Civil Litigation

This is the process in which civil matters are resolved in a court of law. Civil matters can be described as those dealing with relationships which are settled financially. They never involve risks of imprisonment, which by definition would be criminal cases.

Export Regulation

Exporting to foreign countries is a complicated process requiring in-depth knowledge of licensed commodities and the various requirements and rules of the U.S. agencies that regulate exporting. Customs lawyers find themselves dealing with Customs, Federal Maritime Commissions, Department of Commerce, BIS, State Department, Defense Department and other specialized agency regulations; including the ITAR governing weaponry or OFAC within Treasury. Customs penalty and Customs seizure actions frequently occur to persons or companies unaware of export rules and regulations.

International Trade Law

International Trade law is an aggregate of legal rules of international legislation and regulating relations in international trade. This branch of law is now an independent field of study as most governments have become part of the World Trade Organization.

Corporate and Business Services

A type of law which encompasses services pertaining to the operational needs of businesses on a day-to-day basis. This includes but is not limited to activities such as contract formation, employment agreements, and dissolution.

Admiralty/Maritime Law

A distinct body of law which governs maritime questions and offenses. We are skilled in this body of domestic law governing maritime activities, as well as private international law governing the relationships between private entities which operate vessels on the oceans.

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