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The world of international trade—intricate, dynamic, interest-driven—is Stephen’s professional stage, where he assists U.S. global companies and foreign businesses.

Stephen’s practice encompasses all aspects of international trade, particularly trade relief and regulation. Clients value his seasoned guidance on antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, international trade agreements, export controls and economic sanctions. He is also experienced with customs issues, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin marking matters and U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement activities. He is a staunch advocate for clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals.

To best serve clients’ interests, Stephen learns the details of their business—and the competition’s—including global operations. His work regularly takes him to China, Japan, Thailand and Europe for clients in industries such as agricultural commodities, steel, consumer products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and plastics. He keeps up with changing laws and helps clients understand their effect.




  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.S., University of Scranton
    • Political Science
  • B.A., University of Scranton
    • Philosophy


  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association, International Trade Committee, Vice-Chair, Publications, 2014-Present 
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
Featured Experience

Import Tariffs Secured to Save Client's Business

Unfairly priced foreign competition threatened the business of U.S. agricultural producers. Stephen’s team prepared an antidumping petition and represented the client before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission. We argued that significant import tariffs should be imposed on the client’s competitors. The agencies agreed, which allowed the U.S. industry to continue production and return to profitability.

Additional Experience

Trade Remedies

  • Represented U.S. importers in trade remedies investigation leading to negative determination by U.S. International Trade Commission, which ensured clients would not face additional tariffs on imports.
  • Assisted United Arab Emirates steel producer in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before U.S. Department of Commerce to successfully mitigate amount of duties imposed.
  • Successfully represented multinational corporation in litigation against U.S. government, resulting in refunds of duties wrongfully imposed.
  • Obtained favorable ruling for multinational corporation to ensure its imports were not covered by scope of antidumping and countervailing duty order.
  • Represented client in Thailand that received favorable negative preliminary antidumping determination from Department of Commerce
  • Prevailed before U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of global packaging leader TricorBraun in case filed by American Glass Packaging Coalition concerning Chinese-made glass containers. Substantial countervailing duty increases by U.S. Department of Commerce were avoided, thus protecting small and mid-market business continuity, including wineries and distilleries.


  • Successfully assisted U.S. importer in mitigating liabilities related to violations of import laws.
  • Counseled multinational corporation on customs compliance.
  • Obtained favorable rulings for U.S. importer regarding classification of goods.
  • Assisted U.S. corporation in filing allegations of competitors' customs violations.

Export Controls

  • Guided compliance with export laws and regulations for corporation doing business in Middle East.
  • Counseled multinational corporation on Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions issues.


  • Assisted companies in lobbying Congress to eliminate tariffs on products not produced in the United States.
  • Advised company on lobbying executive agencies and U.S. Trade Representative for changes to Pharmaceutical Appendix to the Tariff Schedule.
Case Studies

When the U.S. Commerce Department amended a prior suspension agreement regarding the importation of Mexican sugar in 2017, it changed the purity definition of refined sugar, effectively altering the product definition for trade purposes and significantly imperiling the business of CSC Sugar, whose cutting-edge refining processes were developed to use a higher purity input. CSC came to Husch Blackwell’s international trade team to help craft a strategy to deal with this unexpected hazard.

WPC Technologies

WPC Technologies is the leading American-owned manufacturer and developer of corrosion-inhibiting pigments and stain inhibitors. WPC’s core product line is strontium chromate, a corrosion inhibitor. In 2018, the company became concerned when sales declined and they lost customers who purchased products from two other producers who were selling their competing products at a significantly lower price – a price that was unfair in the U.S. market.

Kivlan Group and Fluorofusion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.

The U.S. domestic refrigerant producers brought a complaint in April 2019 alleging that importers, such as Kivlan and FluoroFusion were circumventing the antidumping duty order on Hydrofluorocarbon Blends from China by importing refrigerant components without posting antidumping duties. At the time the action was filed, the Department of Commerce had specifically excluded imports of refrigerant components as not being subject to the order based upon a finding by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that imported components were not causing injury to the domestic industry. Faced with these allegations of circumvention and the potential of having to post close to 300% in duties, Kivlan and FluoroFusion engaged Husch Blackwell to defend them. 


In 2019, when the supply of glass bottles in the U.S. was threatened due to some domestic manufacturers’ attempts to limit the availability of foreign-made bottles, TricorBraun— the largest distributor of primary packaging and the largest distributor of wine bottles in North America—turned to Husch Blackwell to develop a solution.

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Husch Blackwell Secures ITC Win for TricorBraun-Led Importers

Working with Husch Blackwell’s Washington, DC-based International Trade Remedies team headed by Jeffrey Neeley, TricorBraun developed a coordinated strategy to protect the current supply of glassware available to small and mid-market businesses across the U.S.

Outside the Office

When Stephen wants to have fun, he heads with his family to Nationals Park, where they see as many baseball games as they can.

Stephen also likes hiking on local paths outside Washington, D.C., and spending days with his wife, son and daughter at the beach near Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

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