Lewis Leibowitz is a prominent international trade and Customs attorney based in Washington, D.C. He advises clients on international trade opportunities and challenges dealing with law and government policy. He speaks and writes frequently on international trade legal and policy issues.
Lewis has long experience with international trade matters. He has worked on trade issues involving the steel industry, the automotive industry, textiles, sugar and many other industries. He deals with strategic advice, administrative and judicial proceedings, and presidential actions under international trade laws and regulations of the United States. He has advised and assisted clients in trade negotiations affecting companies and governments, including bilateral, regional, multilateral and global agreements, and has handled international disputes under WTO, NAFTA and other bilateral and regional trade agreements.
Lewis helps companies that suffer because of trade restrictions imposed by the United States and other countries. An experienced champion advocating the interests of “consuming industries,” he has worked to guide coalitions aimed at reducing barriers to investment in the United States, whether imposed by presidential action or administrative decisions. Legal and policy issues affecting international economic development and global competitiveness remain a key focus of his practice. In 2002-2003, he was a leader of a consumer coalition that helped terminate the steel safeguard tariffs halfway through their intended duration, helping thousands of steel consuming companies.
Lewis is a past Chairman of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) and assisted in the creation of the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO). He is an acknowledged leader in foreign trade zone law and policy. He specializes in handling foreign trade zone proceedings that raise trade and investment issues and has guided clients to significant victories against powerful opposition from entrenched interests, such as textiles and steel.
Lewis also represents clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection in planning, compliance and enforcement issues. He participates in administrative proceedings, Customs penalty and liquidated damages proceedings and court litigation involving Customs and FTZ matters.