Laura Siegel Rabinowitz is special counsel in the firm’s New York office. Laura has extensive experience in handling international trade projects for a wide range of clients including importers, exporters, retailers, manufacturers, customs brokers, and freight forwarders. Her experience covers a wide range of commercial and enforcement laws and policies administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection including duty preference programs, tariff classification, valuation, entry procedures, antiterrorism initiatives, trade compliance and audit programs, marking, penalty defense and other import requirements administered by federal agencies (FDA, CPSC) involving health and safety of imported goods.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Laura was in private practice for over 12 years handling customs and international trade issues. Before that she served as an attorney with Customs’ Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel, where she represented Customs in its litigation in the Court of International Trade.
Laura holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the CIT. She is the former president of the New York chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade and serves as co-chair of the Textiles, Apparel, and Footwear Committee for the American Association of Exporters and Importers.
Represented a public company in numerous prior disclosures before U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the misclassification of its merchandise.
Represented a public company in several prior disclosures before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the parameters of scope rulings.
Represented a major health and beauty company on a detention of its merchandise in violation of FDA regulations.
Represented a large importer of textbooks and other educational materials in a compliance review and the filing of prior disclosures with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the undervaluation of its merchandise at entry.
Assisted a large importer of furniture in a compliance review of the classification, valuation, and marking of its merchandise.
Represented a major importer of pipe parts in a prior disclosure before U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the misclassification of its merchandise.
Counselled a variety of apparel importers in establishing duty savings programs including utilization of the “first sale” customs valuation rule.
Textiles, Apparel, and Footwear Committee for the American Association of Exporters and Importers, co-chair
Organization of Women in International Trade
“Practical Trade & Customs Strategies,” published by World Trade Executive (Thomson Reuters), member advisory board
Customs and International Trade Bar Association
American Association of Exporters and Importers
U.S. Fashion Industry Association