Bruce Thelen has a wide ranging practice in international trade and commerce extending to all regions of the world. He provides advice to clients on customs and trade issues addressing regulatory compliance, fines, penalties, seizures and investigations, advance rulings and challenge of US Customs and Border Protection decisions, preferential trade agreements, antidumping and countervailing duties, and product sourcing and supply chain planning to reduce duties.
Although his practice covers many industries, he has extensive background in the automotive sector, including representation of global vehicle and parts manufacturers and suppliers in manufacturing and distribution in all regions of the world, as well as specialty automotive projects involving amphibious vehicles, Formula 1 racing programs, start-up electric vehicle manufacturers and the manufacturer of the classic London black taxi. For two years, while remaining a member of Dickinson Wright, he served as in-house international counsel for Chrysler Corporation.
Bruce chairs the firm’s international practice team composed of lawyers from all of its substantive practice groups. His career began as a corporate finance lawyer with Dewey Ballantine Bushby Palmer and Wood in New York. He is admitted to practice in New York, Michigan and the U.S. Court of International Trade.
- Michigan State University, B.A.
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
- New York
- Adjunct Assistant Professor and Advisory Committee Member, International Transaction Clinic, University of Michigan Law School
- Chairman, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
- Appointed to serve on Michigan District Export Council by U.S. Secretary of Commerce
- Member, French American Chamber of Commerce
- Board of Directors, British American Business Council
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