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Education

J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center

B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia; Phi Beta Kappa

Law Journals

Member, Law and Policy in International Business

Clerkships

Law Clerk for The Honorable Donald C. Pogue, U.S. Court of International Trade (2003-2005)

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

Certifications

Licensed U.S. Customs Broker

Languages

Spanish

Maureen E. Thorson

Partner

Practice Areas

Maureen represents clients in all areas of customs law and international trade litigation. She is a licensed customs broker and has particular expertise in country of origin analyses, the development of customs compliance programs, compliance with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) rules, obtaining import permits and licenses, and participation in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). She collaborates regularly with the firm's various regulatory practice groups covering agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that regulate the importation of products within their regulatory jurisdiction. Representative industries to which she has provided advice include metals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, batteries, tobacco, automobiles, frozen foods, semi-conductors, lawn and garden products, pet foods, and toys. Maureen also specializes in antidumping and countervailing litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where she has successfully represented a range of U.S. companies including steel, office products, tools, and manufacturers. Clients have described Maureen as "practical and responsive" (The Legal 500 US 2016).

Representative Experience

  • Prepared successful customs compliance programs, prior disclosures, and protests for clients with a multinational manufacturing base.
  • Evaluated proposed import transactions for FTA duty-free status, including preparation of successful responses to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and U.S.-Korea FTA verification requests for U.S. metals, foods, and chemical producers, and obtaining NAFTA country customs rulings.
  • Assisted firms across industries including chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, metals, and textiles in assessing country of origin labeling requirements and compliance for import and export sales, as well as determining eligibility for “Made in USA” claims under both federal and state law.
  • Assisted companies in diverse industries, including metals, tools, and office products with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) focused assessments and in obtaining ruling letters and statistical tariff breakouts.
  • Assisted companies in industries as diverse as pesticides, pharmaceuticals, pet products, automobiles, and oil and gas surveying with obtaining import permits and complying with import regulations administered by agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the FDA, the U.S. National Highway Transportation & Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), and the EPA.
  • Prepared successful responses to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) verification requests for U.S. metals and food producers, obtaining NAFTA country customs rulings and evaluating proposed import transactions for NAFTA duty-free status.
  • Obtained favorable rulings for clients in proceedings before the CBP, and in antidumping/countervailing duty investigations, administrative reviews, and sunset reviews before the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).
  • Represented clients in trade litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including challenges to tariff rates.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Harrison Institute for Public Law (2001-2003)
  • Legal Clerk, U.S. Federal Trade Commission (2002)
  • Legal Clerk, Electronic Privacy Information Center (2001)

Affiliations

  • U.S. Court of International Trade, Advisory Committee (2012-Present)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law
    • Co-Chair, International Trade Committee (2015-Present)
    • Customs Law Committee
    • International Trade Committee

Recognitions

  • Recognized by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in International Trade law (2015)
  • Named one of DC's "Rising Stars" for International by Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2016)
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a “recommended lawyer” in International Trade (2015-2016)

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