For more than fifteen years, Jennifer McCadney’s practice has included a mix of law and policy. As both a lawyer and government relations and policy strategist, Jennifer helps companies and organizations identify, advance and/or defend their interests in the legal, political and regulatory arenas. Jennifer’s approach to problem-solving is drawn from her experience as a Congressional staffer and private sector advocate, and emphasizes a deep policy understanding that is supported by her relationship-building and management skills.
Jennifer is dedicated to overcoming obstacles and resolving challenges that often involve a legal, political and/or regulatory nexus. She understands the connection between and implementation of long-term goals and the execution of often discrete objectives. Jennifer works with businesses from a variety of industries including manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture, services (telecommunications) and consumer products, representing both individual companies and trade associations. She also advises on coalition building and collaboration with civil society organizations.
Jennifer advises on general trade issues including, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, market access, forced-labor-made import prohibitions, tariff preferences and reductions, and enforcement of the customs and trade remedy laws. She is also involved in country of origin marking; domestic preference initiatives such as “Buy America” procurement and “Made in USA” labeling; tax credits and extenders; federally subsidized telecommunications programs such as Lifeline; and telecommunication consumer protection legislation, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Truth-in-Caller-ID.
Jennifer is a frequent speaker at major industry conferences, for private clients, as well as for educational forums and webinars on topics related to her substantive areas of practice and current political and policy trends. She actively participates in professional and industry associations, including the Trade Policy Forum, an invitation-only group of senior-level women trade professionals, and the American Association of Exporters and Importers, where she co-chairs the organization’s trade policy committee.
In addition to her busy career, Jennifer volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Voices for Children Montgomery County. In that capacity, she represents children in need who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court and guardianship of Child Welfare Services.
Recent notable achievements include:
Advocated for and secured inclusion of two legislative provisions advancing client interests in the 2016 Customs Reauthorization legislation.
Developed a long-term congressional advocacy framework for a coalition of wireless telecommunications companies providing service under the Lifeline program, and coordinated a team of in-house lawyers and public policy professionals to develop goals, strategy and execution.
Coordinated the production of an educational panel discussion hosted by wireless telecommunications companies in collaboration with civil society partners to educate Hill and Federal Communications Commission staff about the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order.
Utilized an administrative petitioning process to successfully remove the Generalized System of Preferences treatment for an imported product that was adverse to a domestic producing client’s interests.
Provided counsel and representation to companies in response to formal Congressional investigations and individual member inquiries, while protecting sensitive business interests.
Additional experience includes:
Led 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 the 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 the 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).
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.
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.
American Association of Exporters and Importers, Trade Policy Committee, co-chair
Trade Policy Forum
Washington International Trade Association