Stuart Seidel is a member of the Firm’s International Trade Compliance and Customs Practice. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2001, Mr. Seidel worked for 32 years in the US Customs Service (now US Customs and Border Protection) in various capacities — including assistant commissioner, assistant chief counsel for enforcement and operations and director of international trade compliance.
Mr. Seidel is also a recipient of the Presidential Rank and the Excellence in Government Award. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on customs and free trade matters. Mr. Seidel focuses on customs classification and valuation, country of origin and customs compliance matters.
He also advises clients on the maximization of free trade agreements and border protection of intellectual property rights. Throughout his career, Mr. Seidel has assisted foreign governments in the modernization of their import and export laws in line with WTO accession.
- Brooklyn Law School (J.D.) (1969)
- Hunter College – City University of New York (B.A.) (1967)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit~United States (1987)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit~United States (1982)
- U.S. Court of International Trade~United States (1980)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit~United States (1975)
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Customs and International Trade Bar Association
- Customs Lawyers Association – Former President
- U.S. Court of International Trade Advisory Committee – Former Member
- American Bar Association
Representative Legal Matters:
- Represented several information technology companies in obtaining favorable substantial transformation advisory rulings for government procurement under the Trade Agreements Act.
- Conducted study and assisted the Vietnamese Government in revising customs and related laws in anticipation of accession to the World Trade Organization.
- Conducted study and assisted the Chinese Government in revising Customs and related laws in anticipation of accession to the World Trade Organization.
- Researched, prepared and filed significant protest with US Customs and Border Protection regarding denial of NAFTA treatment.
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