Positions located in: Chicago, Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland, Long Beach, California, and Miami Florida
Boutique law firm seeking Associate Attorney with 3 - 5 years of Customs and trade experience. Candidate will manage and/or assist with Customs and trade legal and regulatory matters for domestic and international clients. While the successful candidate may expect to work primarily with clients in the food, dietary supplement, drug, cosmetic and medical device industries, the candidate should be prepared to work with clients in any industry.
The Associate Attorney’s primary responsibilities will include conducting legal research, analyzing data, drafting evidence-based opinions, and providing oral and written advocacy before Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other governmental agencies such as the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Associate Attorney’s responsibilities may also include litigation before the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other federal courts.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Manage Customs & Trade-related legal matters independently with minimal supervision including:
- Advise clients and manage with minimal supervision CBP Liquidated Damages Claims Petitions, Offers in Compromise, CBP civil seizure actions, CBP holds, detentions and investigations, CBP requests (CF-28, CF-29), FTA applicability and documentation, and similar CBP and trade-related matters
- Coordinate, compile, modify, and draft written responses to federal and state regulatory agencies
- Perform legal and regulatory reviews of client files and product materials, draft evidence-based opinions influencing successful importation or exportation of products
- Communicate effectively, professionally, knowledgably, and in a timely manner both orally and in writing to managers, colleagues, clients, and government agencies maintaining the appropriate Firm image
- Draft reports and procedure manuals for clients that conform to the prescribed style and format for the purposes of implementing and improving business processes in compliance with regulatory requirements
- Understand government agencies’ regulatory requirements, develop strategies, identify and obtain data and evidence required to support strategies, draft advice and opinions for clients and/or agency for the purposes of bringing the identified product(s) into compliance.
- Read, analyze, and interpret laws, regulations, and policy under Customs, FDA, FAA, USDA, DOT, and other federal and local regulatory agencies, articles in scientific, regulatory, and technical journals, and legal documents.
- Provide direct legal representation of clients and support other attorneys in the same before federal and state agencies, courts and third parties.
- Support business development marketing efforts of the Firm
- Maintains relevant credentials required for the position. Participates in CLE and maintains leading-edge knowledge and skills in their area of expertise, as required.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and achieve successful results through effective interactions
- Excellent research and writing skills, extensive internet skills for legal research, and advanced experience using MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and Adobe
- Excellent organizational, document and docket management skills
- Excellent communication and mechanical writing skills free of typographical, grammatical, and punctuation errors
- Flexible, eager to learn, and able to manage the dynamic environment and rapid change
- Maintains an appropriate firm image in all client communications
- Administrative and marketing duties such as drafting blogs, press releases, and presentations, attending conventions, and speaking events
- J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school
- Minimum 5 years of relevant legal experience with demonstrated skills and expertise
- Licensed to practice law in any state and/or the District of Columbia
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and extensive internet and computers skills for legal research are required
- Prior work experience with FDA and/or other government agencies preferred, but not required
- Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese or Korean language capabilities preferred, but not required