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I am a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes, Richardson & Colburn where I practice exclusively in the area of U.S. customs and international trade law. We work with importers and exporters to reduce costs and delays in their supply chain. We have experience in customs classification, valuation, audits, penalties, trade agreements, and litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


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  1. Federal Regulation: 40%
    26 years
  2. Administrative Law: 40%
    26 years
  3. International Law: 20%
    26 years

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Barnes, Richardson & Colburn

303 E Wacker Drive
Suite 1020
Chicago, IL, 60601-5204


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198911/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leading IndividualChambers & Partners USA Guide2014
International Who's Who of Trade & Customs LawyersWho's Who Legal2012
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2005
Lifetime Achievement AwardChicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section1999
Milton Gray Award for Outstanding Project ManagementChicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBarnes, Richardson & Colburn1991 - Present
N/AU.S. Court of International Trade1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Customs and International Trade Bar AssociationVice President2014 - Present
Customs and International Trade Bar AssociationSecretary2012 - 2014
Customs and International Trade Bar AssociationChair, Trial and Appellate Practice2008 - Present
American Bar Association, International Law SectionCo-Chair, Customs Law Committee2002 - 2004
Chicago Bar AssociationVice Chair, Young Lawyers Section2000 - 2001
Chicago Bar AssociationEditor-in-Chief, Young Lawyers Journal1995 - 1998
Publication nameTitleDate
Thomson ReutersTariff Engineering: Value-Added Compliance2014
Brooklyn Journal of International LawFaster Resolution in Tariff Classification Litigation: Using Patent Law as a Model2014
Georgetown Journal of International LawThe Court of International Trade's Denied Protest Jurisprudence in 20122013
Carolina Academic PressCustoms Law2011
CCSContactPowers of Attorney2008
CCSContactDigital Dilemma2008
CCSContactThe Art of Importing Art2008
15th CIT Judicial ConferenceWhat is Pursuasive? Pushing WCO Materials Through The Skidmore Seive2008
Georgetown Law Center CLEAvoiding Problems in Prior Disclosures2008
CCSContactIs This The Last of First Sale?2008
CCSContact10 + 2 = Concerns2008
CCSContactHow Much Wood?2008
CCSContactGame, Set, Match2008
CCSContactBrokers & Trademarks2008
CCSContactAvoiding Toxic Delays2008
CCSContactTariff Engineering Today2007
CCSContactFord Update & New Years Resolutions2007
CCSContactRecordkeeping and NAFTA2007
University of Pa. Journal of Int'l Economic LawThe Administrative Procedure Act and Judicial Review in Customs Cases2007
CCSContactTrade Deals Going South?2007
CCSContactBroker Penalty Limits in Question2007
CCSContactFeeling Festive2007
Customs Law BlogCustoms Law Blog (ongoing)N/A
Chicago Bar RecordRiding Circuits (Monthly Column)N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoIntellectual PropertyLL.M - Master of Laws2001
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ICPA 2014 Annual MeetingTariff Engineering2014
Georgetown International Trade UpdateCustoms Year in Review2014
API Customs and TradeLegal Update2014
Import WorkshopTransfer Pricing for Customs Compliance2012
I.E. Canada National ConferenceTransfer Pricing and U.S. Customs Law2012
2012 Fall MeetingGrey Market Imports2012
International Trade Club of ChicagoNon-NAFTA Trade Agreement Compliance2009
Doing Business in Latin AmericaCAFTA-DR Compliance2009
Customs LitigationWhen is a Paint Roller a Pump? Customs Classification Litigation2009
Customs LawGeorgetown Law Center CLE: International Trade Update2009
API Customs & Drawback ConfereneceCustoms Case Update2009
ABA Section of International Law Fall MeetingTransfer Pricing: More than Income Tax2009
Trial Skills SeminarLitigation skills2008
North American Trade OpportunitiesNAFTA2008
Milwaukee World Trade Association: NAFTABest Practices Under NAFTA2008
Maximizing Profits Through TradeU.S. Goods Returned and Drawback2008
Customs Law: Corporate ComplianceGeorgetown Law Center CLE: International Trade Update2008
Association for Corporate Growth - ChicagoNAFTA: Myths, Reality & Policy2008
American Petroleum InstituteChallenging Decisions from U.S. Customs2008
15th CIT Judicial ConferenceDevelopments in Customs Law2008
Opportunities in North AmericaNorth American Free Trade Agreement2007
NAFTA and Other FTAs - Internal Controls for ComplianceNAFTA Compliance2007
NAFTANorth American Free Trade Agreement2007
International Trade Update 2007Customs litigation2007
Customs Law 101Customs Compliance2007
Chicag Bar Assoc., New Lawyer ToolkitInternationalization of US Law2007
ABA, Section of International Law, Fall MeetingCustoms and Trade Compliance in Outsourcing2007
Standard of Review, Deference, and Emerging IssuesCustoms and administrative law2006