Larry Lasoff has more than three decades of experience helping a broad spectrum of clients navigate the complex regulatory hurdles of international trade and customs. He is also involved in managing the government relations and public policy challenges faced by U.S. companies and industry trade associations.
Notably, Larry offers a comprehensive understanding of the steel, high-performance materials, manufacturing and luxury apparel industries. As co-chair of the firm’s Animal Law practice, Larry is one of the few lawyers in the country with specialized experience in animal law–related issues and an understanding of how these issues impact various businesses.
In the regulatory arena, Larry represents U.S. importers in customs administrative and enforcement proceedings, and U.S. firms seeking export licenses for complex international projects in the nuclear, space and aerospace sectors. Moreover, Larry counsels U.S. and foreign companies seeking to bring their internal import/export systems into compliance with U.S. customs and export control regulations, as well as U.S. companies seeking to improve their access to foreign markets. Larry also advises coalitions of U.S. manufacturers seeking to protect U.S. markets from unfair import competition.
In addition, Larry represents trade and industry associations on regulatory and legislative issues. His deep understanding of the industries that he has represented for decades in international trade disputes, combined with his insight and experience with federal regulation and oversight, has enabled him to be an effective advocate. Larry is particularly adept at counseling such clients on the sensitive issues that surround potential bans or use restrictions (both domestic and international) on certain products or practices.
Prior to joining the firm, Larry served during the Carter Administration as the executive assistant to the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. Previously, he worked as an international trade specialist in the Department of Commerce, Bureau of East-West Trade, with responsibility for both promoting commercial relations with the communist world and controlling exports for national security purposes.
Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods: Advisor on Trade Negotiations, Department of Commerce and Office of U.S. Trade Representative
Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Customs
Recommended in US Legal 500
for his work in the International Trade area, 2015.
The Best Lawyers in America©
(Woodward/White, Inc.), International Trade and Finance Law, 2013-2023.
Recognized as a leading attorney in International and Government Relations practice areas by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers
Named as a recognized practitioner by Chambers USA
in the International Trade: Customs area, 2016-2022.
Named as a recognized practitioner by Chambers Global in in the International Trade: Customs area, 2020-2022.
Listed as a top attorney in the International Trade area in the International Who’s Who in Trade & Customs Lawyers
Recognized as a leading international trade lawyer in Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers.