Melvin Schwechter is the national leader of BakerHostetler’s International Trade—Compliance Practice.
Mr. Schwechter represents clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. International Trade Commission on import and export-related matters. These include audits, investigations, penalty proceedings, export licensing of military and “dual use” products and technology, Technical Assistance and Manufacturing License Agreements, trade sanctions and embargoes, prior and voluntary self-disclosures of violations, ruling requests and Commodity Jurisdiction determinations, NAFTA and other free trade agreements, foreign trade zones, the classification and valuation of merchandise, marking and country of origin issues, drawback and other duty savings mechanisms, unfair trade practice proceedings and related administrative actions. His clients include multinational manufacturers, distributors and financial institutions.
Mr. Schwechter also appears before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in judicial appeals of administrative determinations concerning such matters. He conducts import/export compliance self-assessments for clients, helps them establish compliance and recordkeeping programs and provides import/export training. Together with the firm’s White Collar Defense group, Mr. Schwechter also represents clients on FCPA, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering matters.
Previously, Mr. Schwechter served as the U.S. Department of Commerce staff attorney responsible for that Department’s export control program.
10/25/2013 - Eleven Firm Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Who’s Who Legal 100
9/13/2013 - WorldECR Publishes Article Authored by International Trade Team
9/3/2013 - State Department Consent Agreements with Aeroflex, Inc. and Meggitt-USA, Inc. Provide Blueprint for Compliance Success