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 brands with global supply chains and US importers of consumer goods, multinational manufacturers, service providers, governments and industry associations.
Ms Jacobs has extensive experience advising on free trade agreements and assisting companies in obtaining customs rulings, preparing protests, responding to penalty proceedings and audits, drafting contracts, and crafting and assessing internal compliance programmes encompassing trade rules, anti-corruption, safety, environment and labour. She advises on preference programmes, rules of origin and valuation matters, and assists industries and governments in identifying viable claims and litigation strategies under WTO agreements. Ms Jacobs also represents respondents in trade remedy proceedings and advises on US economic sanctions and export controls.
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, handling antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguard, and section 337 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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