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Overview

Beau brings deep experience in international trade litigation, regulation and compliance to Husch Blackwell.

His practice focuses on trade and intellectual property disputes, with significant experience handling Section 337 and antidumping and countervailing duty matters before the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Beau also guides clients through trade-related regulatory challenges, including tariff classification, valuation, country-of-origin marking and other compliance and litigation matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), DOC, the CIT and Federal Circuit, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

Beau’s broad counsel in international matters further includes advising clients on foreign investment issues, particularly the intellectual property aspects of such transactions, and on developments at the World Trade Organization. He also works with clients to capitalize on special trade programs and with advocacy efforts before Congress and federal agencies on an assortment of trade and intellectual property issues.

Beau frequently writes and speaks on international trade and intellectual property topics.

Prior to entering private practice Beau served as a congressional law clerk for the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade and as a legal intern at USTR.


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Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
      • International Trade & Finance Certificate Program 
      •  WTO Law Moot Court Team Member, International Finals, Best Oral Advocate 
      •  Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, Editor
      • Research Assistant for Professor Raj Bhala
  • B.A., University of Kansas
    • Political Science and History
    •  with distinction

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association of Exporters and Importers 
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association  
  • International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, board member 
  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 
  • Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc., board member 
  • University of Kansas School of Law, Board of Governors 
  • Washington International Trade Association

Languages

  • Cape Verdean Criolu, moderate proficiency
  • Portuguese, moderate proficiency
Experience

Representative ITC Cases (not exhaustive)

  • Represented leading consumer and medical mattress suppliers as successful respondents in a Section 337 proceeding, where the ITC found no violation as to one patent and declined to issue remedies as to another patent due to public interest concerns. Certain Air Mattress Systems & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-971. In a related case against the same respondent clients (Inv. No. 337-TA-999), the complainant withdrew all claims and voluntarily terminated the case without obtaining any relief or settlement.
  • Represented leading inflatable products company as a Section 337 complainant, obtaining ITC consent orders that completely bar the accused products from the U.S. market. Certain Inflatable Products With Tensioning Structures & Processes for Making the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1009.
  • Represented the world’s top mobile chipset supplier as successful respondent in a Section 337 proceeding, where the ALJ found no violation and recommended no remedies against client even in the event the Commission were to find a violation. The full ITC decided not to review the case, thereby upholding the ALJ’s determinations. Certain Consumer Electronics & Display Devices With GPUs, Inv. No. 337-TA-932.
  • Represented cable set-top box supplier as successful respondent in a high-profile Section 337 proceeding, where the Commission found no violation against client due to lack of infringement at the time of importation. Certain Digital Video Receivers & Hardware & Software Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1001.
  • Represented multinational technology company as successful respondent in a Section 337 case where, in a precedent-setting decision, the Commission found no violation based, in part, on the complainant’s failure to establish a domestic industry. Certain Multimedia Display & Navigation Devices & Systems, Inv. No. 337-TA-694.
  • Represented semiconductor technology company as successful complainant in a precedential Section 337 bond forfeiture proceeding. In the first such proceeding in more than a decade, the client fully recouped the bonds posted by respondents in relation to exclusion and cease and desist orders. Certain Semiconductor Chips With Minimized Chip Package Size, Inv. No. 337-TA-605.
  • Helped a consortium of technology companies advocate before Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative regarding intellectual property issues in international trade negotiations.
  • Helped a multinational agriculture company advocate before Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renewal of the African Growth & Opportunity Act.
  • Representing a privately-held Kansas manufacturer of medical and consumer products with respect to intellectual property matters.
  • Assisting a Kansas manufacturer of lawn care equipment with various customs and international trade issues.
  • Successfully represented Otter Products LLC in a high-profile, precedential customs case before the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, concerning the proper tariff classification of protective cases for electronic devices.
  • Represented two importers before U.S. Customs & Border Protection, obtaining the release of products allegedly bearing counterfeit trademarks.
  • Represented a Kansas educational company before the Department of Commerce and USTR with respect to trade remedies on solar panels. Achieved orders exempting the client’s imports from all antidumping and countervailing duties, as well as from ancillary safeguards measures.

  • Representing an employee-owned Kansas manufacturer of agriculture machinery and custom-molded industrial products in relation to various international business issues.
Community Leadership
  • Peace Corps, Education & Community Development Volunteer, Cape Verde (West Africa), 2003-2005