Alexander H. Schaefer, Partner Washington, D.C.
aschaefer@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2773
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Alexander H. Schaefer is a partner and vice-chair of the International Trade Group at the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Alex represents clients contending with U.S. import regulations, including the customs and trade remedies laws. He assists clients with a broad range of Customs issues, including tariff classification, import valuation, focused assessment audits, penalty proceedings, prior disclosures, reconciliation, special duty programs, and free trade agreements. In addition, Alex has represented both petitioners and respondents in a variety of trade remedy cases, including antidumping, countervailing duty, and Section 201 proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Alex is a member of the International Trade Group's duty recovery team, which helps companies identify opportunities to minimize import duty outlays and cut supply chain costs to increase profitability. Alex also works closely with the firm's Advertising & Product Risk Management Group, which helps clients in a broad range of industries identify potential legal risks associated with new products and ventures as well as providing advice on risk management tactics and protocols.

Representative recent engagements include:

  • Counsel to Rubbermaid in Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC v. United States, in which Rubbermaid successfully argued that its cleaning system products are outside the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on Chinese aluminum extrusions.
  • Represented a multinational chemical company in a customs liquidated damages proceeding and mitigated damages from over $13 million to less than $100,000.
  • Represented the largest subject merchandise importer in the Commerce and International Trade Commission antidumping investigation of diffusion-annealed nickel-plated sheet from Japan.

Alex received his B.A. in government/international relations from Cornell University and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law (International Business Transactions track); he is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia (inactive), U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Member: American Bar Association International Section, D.C. Bar International Section, Customs and International Trade Bar Association



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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Trade Recovery," Crowell & Moring's Second Annual In-House Recovery Conference, Dana Point, CA (March 10-11, 2016). Speakers: Alex Schaefer, Jini Koh, and Mike Lambert.
  • "This Year in Trade - Fall Update," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 8, 2015). Presenters: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Paul Davies, Charles De Jager, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Lindsay Denault, Frances P. Hadfield, Aaron Marx, Glen G. McGorty, James (J.J.) Saulino, and Alexander H. Schaefer.
  • "Trade Comliance for the Business Lawyer," American Bar Association Webinar (October 6, 2015). Presenters: Alexander H. Schaefer, Christopher Monahan, Brian Sumner (Alcoa), Susan Adams (Cigna), Autumn Hunter (Bank of America).
  • "This Year in Trade - What's Ahead in 2015: Ongoing Battles Over Duties & Trade Remedies," Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 10, 2015). Presenters: Alexander H. Schaefer, Damon Pike (The Pike Law Firm), Prentiss Lee Smith (King & Spalding), and Diane A. MacDonald (Baker & Mckenzie).
  • "Customs and Trade: The Price of Admission: Managing the New Import Regulation Model and Avoiding Pitfalls at the Border," Crowell & Moring Product Risk Management Seminar (October 19, 2011). Moderator: Laurent Ruessmann. Panelists: Leigh Schmid (Limited Brands); Alex Schaefer.


Publications

  • The International Trade Law Review, Chapter 13, United States (2016). Authors: Alexander H. Schaefer, Charles De Jager, and Benjamin Blase Caryl.
  • "U.S. Customs: A Practitioner's Guide to Principles, Processes, and Procedures, Second Edition," International Practitioner's Deskbook Series, American Bar Association (2016). Co-Author (Ch. 1: Introduction and Overview): John B. Brew, Co-Authors: (Ch. 6: Duty Savings Opportunities): John B. Brew and Jini Koh, Co-Authors (Ch. 8: Administrative and Judicial Review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Decisions): John B. Brew, Alexander H. Schaefer, and Frances P. Hadfield, Co-Author (Ch. 12: Customs Enforcement of Other Agencies' Regulations): Jini Koh.
  • "CPSC Brings Action in Federal Court Against Michaels Stores," Crowell and Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (April 30, 2015). Authors: Danielle Rowan, Alex Schaefer, and Jini Koh.
  • "Landmark CAFC Decision Invalidating Applicability of Countervailing Duty Law to Non-Market Economies North American Free Trade & Investment Report (January 15, 2012). Co-Authors: Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, and Jini Koh.
  • "U.S. Customs: A Practitioner's Guide to Principles, Processes, and Procedures International Practitioner's Deskbook Series, American Bar Association (2009). Contributor: Ch. 2: Clearing CUstoms; Ch. 6: Duty Savings Opportunities; Ch. 8: Administrative and Judicial Review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Decisions: Nicole M. Jenkins and Alexander H. Schaefer.


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