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Education

  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, B.S. (1996)
  • John Marshall Law School, J.D. (2001) cum laude

Admissions

  • New York

Frances P. Hadfield

Counsel
New York
fhadfield@crowell.com
Phone: +1 212.803.4040
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Frances P. Hadfield is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group in the firm's New York office. Her practice focuses on customs litigation and regulatory compliance. She regularly advises corporations on both litigation and regulatory matters involving customs compliance, audits, customs enforcement, as well as import penalties.

Frances represents clients before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as in proceedings at the administrative level. She advises corporations on both substantive federal and state regulatory issues that involve U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife in matters pertaining to product admissibility, audits, classification, import restrictions, investigations, marking, licenses, origin, penalties, and tariff preference programs.

Frances has assisted clients in a broad array of industries (e.g., agricultural, apparel and footwear, automotive, cameras, electronics, equipment and machinery, glassware, household goods, lighting, petroleum, and hand tools), providing creative tariff solutions and duty recovery options that enable clients to obtain significant duty savings. Moreover, in enforcement instances she has worked to mitigate substantially proposed customs penalties.

Frances was also a law clerk to the Honorable Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of International Trade. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, she was an attorney at a boutique customs practice in New York City for over ten years. She is a licensed customs broker and has taught tariff classification and customs valuation.

Representative Experience

  • Led three-day bench trial at U.S. Court of International Trade involving six fact witnesses and two expert witnesses resulting in a duty decrease for cotton shelf brassiere tank tops from 16.5 percent ad valorem to 10.8 percent ad valorem.
  • Successfully litigated shelved furniture classification resulting in a duty decrease from 3.9 percent ad valorem to duty free.
  • Settled $1.5 million defective apparel goods case.
  • Succeeded in having penalty case involving the proper classification of digital still image video cameras dismissed.
  • Settled importer's trademark infringement case regarding handbags at the Southern District of New York.
  • Assists clients with establishing import compliance programs.


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: New York, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, United States Supreme Court

Other Memberships

  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA)
    • Chair, CITBA Publications Committee (2008-2012)
    • Co-Chair, CITBA Trial and Appellate Practice Committee (2012-Present)

Recent Highlights, News & Knowledge

"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of Prepared Pork and Beef Meals," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (November 13, 2020). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori. Publication
"The Month in International Trade – October 2020," International Trade Bulletin (November 11, 2020). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz Client Alert / Newsletter
"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of Parrot Toy," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (November 4, 2020). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori. Publication
"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of PowerXL Grill Air Fryer Combo," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (October 23, 2020). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori. Publication
"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of White Claw Hard Seltzer," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (October 16, 2020). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori. Publication
"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of Electrostatic Backpack Sprayer," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (October 9, 2020). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori. Publication
"The Month in International Trade – September 2020," International Trade Bulletin (October 8, 2020). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz Client Alert / Newsletter
"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of the HoHoHoH2o Automatic Christmas Tree Watering Device," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (September 30, 2020). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori. Publication
"The Month in International Trade – August 2020," International Trade Bulletin (September 11, 2020). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz Client Alert / Newsletter
"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of inShield Wiper®Dusting Pad," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (September 1, 2020). Authors; Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori. Publication