Brenda Jacobs provides strategic and legal guidance on customs and trade law, trade policy, compliance, negotiations, litigation, and legislation. She represents clients before the Office of the US Trade Representative, the US Departments of Commerce, State, Treasury, Labor and Justice, US Customs and Border Protection, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the US Congress.
Among Ms Jacobs' clients are: US importers and retailers of consumer products, major US apparel retailers, as well as multinational manufacturers, and governments and industry associations.
Ms Jacobs has extensive experience assisting companies in obtaining customs rulings, preparing protests and responding to penalty proceedings, including intellectual property rights violations, and in drafting contracts, including vendor–purchaser and licensing agreements, and with internal compliance programmes. She also advises on rules of origin and valuation issues and on matters pending before the WTO, particularly the Dispute Settlement Body, and assisting industries and governments in identifying viable claims and litigation strategies under WTO agreements.
Ms Jacobs previously served as senior counsel for trade agreements at the US Department of Commerce, where she was a negotiator of the 1986 Protocol extending the Multifiber Arrangement. Before that, Ms Jacobs was a legal adviser in the US International Trade Commission’s General Counsel’s office, responsible for legal issues arising during antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguard, and Section 337 (patent and trademark) investigations. Ms Jacobs received her JD from the George Washington University School of Law in 1980 and her BS from Cornell University in 1976. She is admitted in the District of Columbia and California and is a licensed customs broker.
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