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ABOUT THE FIRM

ABOUT THE FIRM

The Washington, D.C. law firm of Maria Roberts & Jeffrey Steele represents companies and business associations that are affected by or engaged in international trade. Our attorneys bring demonstrated expertise to the projects that we undertake. We are both counselors and advocates: we work closely with clients to chart a course that will maximize the probability of success, then pursue it earnestly. The firm is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation and personalized service at a reasonable cost.

Maria Roberts & Jeffrey Steele successfully represents clients in unfair trade actions, such as antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, and in actions under the “escape clause,” Section 301, and Section 332. The firm advises on export control matters, and on the limitations imposed by U.S. sanctions. These activities bring us regularly before federal agencies that set trade policy and enforce trade law, including the Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Department of the Treasury.

Maria Roberts & Jeffrey Steele advises clients on matters before the U.S. Customs Service, including determining the classification, valuation, and country of origin marking requirements for imported goods. Our clients improve their profitability by taking advantage of duty preference programs, such as the Generalized System of Preferences, and duty avoidance provisions, such as drawback and in-bond processing programs. We advise clients on potential trade restrictions and prohibitions, and Jones Act provisions that may affect contemplated transactions.

The firm works closely with Customs Headquarters in Washington and with local port authorities to facilitate and expedite the international movement of our clients’ goods. We also work in partnership with our clients to structure transactions and recordkeeping procedures that minimize liability for Customs duties and penalties. Where clients are confronted with actual or potential Customs enforcement actions, the firm provides effective and experienced representation.

The firm represents clients before the U.S. Congress, where we help to shape appropriate legislation, and before federal courts, including the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition, Maria Roberts & Jeffrey Steele represents clients’ interests in international trade negotiations and in the implementation of trade agreements, such as the Uruguay Round Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Maria Roberts & Jeffrey Steele provides representation on transportation issues, including matters relating to the international and domestic movement of railcars and vessels. We have successfully assisted clients with complex issues arising under U.S. laws regulating, for example, the transportation and storage of hazardous materials.

Our clients are involved in a wide variety of product sectors, ranging from industrial goods to processed agricultural products, and from transportation equipment to non-ferrous metals and their derivatives. We have handled matters dealing with state of the art optical measuring devices, oil spill recovery apparatuses, food products, chemical compounds and alloys, fabricated steel products, textiles, electronics, railcars, tank trucks, and athletic footwear, to name a few.

Maria Roberts & Jeffrey Steele also represents business associations comprised of companies with common interests. We have assisted such groups to design and implement strategies that effectively address their common trade concerns.

While the firm focuses on international trade matters, we also provide counseling and representation in civil and criminal antitrust matters, including premerger notification filings pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, and in matters requiring a “Washington expertise.”