Jennifer McCadney is special counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on the areas of trade legislation, trade policy and U.S. competitiveness, including tariff reductions, free trade agreements and U.S. customs law.
Ms. McCadney has significant experience providing counsel to U.S. importers and manufacturers within a variety of industries. Specifically, Ms. McCadney has significant legislative experience having played a key role in the passage of duty reduction legislation and working to resolve issues necessary for bipartisan congressional approval of free trade agreements with Peru, Bahrain, Panama, Colombia and Korea. Ms. McCadney also has extensive knowledge of U.S. customs laws and regulations and is familiar with other import-related issues such as enforcement, trade facilitation, and other agencies' regulation of imports for health, safety and security.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Ms. McCadney worked at the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee where she served as a trade counsel for four years. Ms. McCadney also was a trade and tax counsel in the office of Representative Sander Levin (D-MI 12), U.S. House of Representatives, and an international trade and customs associate at Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC.
Lead efforts to the enactment in the 111th Congress of H.R. 4380, the Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010, which reduced import tariffs on thousands of raw material inputs for U.S. manufacturers.
Identified and worked to resolve issues with various free trade agreements to obtain Congressional approval; for example, worked extensively with the Government of Panama and the United States Trade Representative to resolve labor issues raised by Congressional Democrats.
Developed legislative concepts and drafted legislation including Customs reauthorization and trade remedy enforcement.
Assisted Ways & Means trade staff on Rep. Levin's priorities which included eliminating trade barriers, China currency and free trade agreements (FTAs).
Collaborated with Congressional Michigan Delegation and State (Governor's Office) counterparts on issues of concern to Michigan automotive and other manufacturing industries.
Practiced before the International Trade Commission, Department of Commerce and United States Trade Representatives (USTR) in actions involving the application of various U.S. trade laws.
Initiated and defended judicial appeals of agency proceedings before the Court of International Trade and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Counseled clients on World Trade Organization jurisprudence and its implications on domestic trade remedy safeguard cases.
Advised U.S. importers on compliance with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations including classification, valuation, country of origin marking, duty drawback and special preferences.
Assisted companies in obtaining membership in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self Assessment (ISA) programs.
Counseled clients on compliance with export control regulations and licensing requirements implemented by the Bureau of Export Administration (BX) and Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC).
Memberships & Associations
American Association of Exporters and Importers, Trade Policy Committee, Co-Chair
Trade Policy Forum
Washington International Trade Association
Washington Area Women's Soccer League
Honors & Awards
Named as a Rising Star by Law360 in the area of International Trade Law, 2013.
Recommended in US Legal 500 for her work in the International Trade area, 2012 and 2014-2015.
William W. Scott Pro Bono Legal Services Award, 2004.
Successfully defended a senior citizen from eviction for non-payment of rent before the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, Landlord and Tenant Branch.