Mr. Obert concentrates his practice on Customs and International Trade Law. Mr. Obert has represented and counseled numerous American, foreign and multinational importers, exporters, manufacturers, customs brokers and freight forwarders involved in the movement of goods and delivery of services throughout the world.
Mr. Obert has extensive experience in conducting both product and transaction reviews, obtaining binding ruling letters, contesting increased duty assessments, responding to government audits and investigations and defending clients involved in liquidated damages, penalty, seizure and forfeiture proceedings brought by U.S. Customs & Border Protection.
Mr. Obert also advises clients with respect to applicable regulatory requirements enforced by other federal agencies (i.e., Food & Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, etc.), representing importers in related enforcement actions taken by said agencies.
Mr. Obert further advises and represents domestic industries and importers with respect to the effects of various trade remedies (i.e., antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings) on their products.
In addition, Mr. Obert assists the export community with regard to export controls, sanctions, embargoes and anti-terrorism restrictions, reviewing proposed transactions to insure compliance with applicable law and regulations, obtaining necessary export licenses and addressing enforcement issues brought by the Bureau of Industry & Security, Department of Defense and Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Languages Spoken: French, German
Licensed since 1999
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|Attorney at Law||Follick & Obert, P.C.||2006 - 2010|
|Attorney at Law||Follick & Bessich, P.C.||1999 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Customs and International Trade Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of the Bar of the City of New York||Member||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Practising Law Institute||U.S. Customs Treatment of Gray Market Imports - In Black and White||2012|
|CLL Customs Alert||“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The Benefits of Securing a U.S. Customs Binding Ruling||2010|
|CLL Customs Alert||"What You Are Letting Your Competitors Know About Your Business Practices—and What You Can Learn About Theirs"||2010|
|Brooklyn Law School||N/A||Juris Doctorate||1998|
|Advanced Trademark Law Annual Review 2012||U.S. Customs Treatment of Gray Market Imports - In Black and White||2012|
|CLL Restaurant, Food & Hospitality Industry Seminar entitled Eating, Sleeping & Tweeting||Bringing Imported Food Products to Market||2010|