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Dana Watts is primarily a customs lawyer and has experience with virtually all aspects of customs law practice, including litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade, protests, prior disclosures, ruling requests, drafting customs compliance materials, merger and acquisition-related due diligence, and advising on classification, country of origin determinations, marking, free trade agreements, and value determinations. She is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker. She also has experience in most other areas of international trade law, including sanctions, export controls, national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), international trade-related due diligence, international trade arbitration, antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, and Section 337 litigation.

  • Assisted a pharmaceutical company with a complex prior disclosure to U.S. Customs involving multiple issues, including customs value, country of origin, marking, and free trade agreement eligibility. Many value issues were specific to the pharmaceutical industry, such as the dutiability of payments related to co-promotion agreements and intellectual property royalty payments.
  • Drafted customs compliance documents for a large foreign multinational company in advance of its initial public offering. Documents included the Code of Conduct, model representations and warranties for contracts, global policies, and entity-specific procedures.
  • Advised a food product manufacturer on country of origin and marking requirements for a large number of products under both the North American Free Trade Agreement and regular duty provisions.

Pro Bono

  • Lead a team in drafting a memorandum on the mechanisms that could be used remove President Bashar Al-Assad from office in Syria, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
  • Represent a tenant living in subsidized housing in an action to evict for non-payment of rent at the D.C. Superior Court, Landlord Tenant Branch.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (International Law Section)
  •   Customs and International Trade Bar Association

Previous Experience

  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Intern (2009)