Sydney H. Mintzer

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 263 3866

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  • Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA Government Relations India International Trade
  • World Trade Organization
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 263 3866
Fax: 202 762 4272
University University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1991; University of California, M.A., Political Science/International Relations, 1994
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Admitted1998, California; 1999, District of Columbia

Sydney Mintzer's international trade, customs and investment practice is primarily focused on helping clients to comply with US import regulations, optimize global sourcing options, identify markets for export and investment and eliminate barriers to market entry. A licensed customs broker, he has assisted major US and foreign corporations involved in customs audits and focused assessments. In addition, Sydney has worked with clients to develop, implement and audit internal compliance programs; identify optimal sourcing patterns to minimize tariffs and duties; litigate antidumping and countervailing duty investigations; lead Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations; and advise on WTO and other trade policy initiatives.

Sydney has substantial experience working on trade matters around the world. For example, he has advanced market access concerns for clients with US policy makers to resolve barriers to entry in China and the Philippines, and he often advises clients on other countries' WTO commitments. Sydney also has substantial experience working with clients in defense of antidumping cases in China and Brazil.

Sydney has been published in numerous professional journals and has served on the editorial board of the China Trade Law Report, a publication of The American Lawyer. He joined Mayer Brown in 2006.


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“Inc.” No Longer a Safe Shield - Federal Circuit Greatly Expands Officer/Shareholder Liability Resulting from US Customs Violations
Sydney H. Mintzer,Jing Zhang, September 25, 2014
On September 16, 2014, an en banc panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the “En Banc Panel”) issued a far-reaching decision, Trek Leather III, greatly expanding corporate shareholders’ and officers’ potential liability for customs violations. It reversed...

Manufacturer Pays $4.3M to Settle Customs-related FCA Suit
Sydney H. Mintzer,Jing Zhang, April 29, 2014
On April 21, 2014, it was announced that Otter Products LLC (operating as “OtterBox”) has paid $4.3 million to settle a whistle-blower suit alleging that its import practice violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Tariff Act of 1930. OtterBox is a US company that...

“Inc.” No Longer a Shield? - Federal Circuit May Expand Officer/Shareholder Liability Resulting from US Customs Violations
Sydney H. Mintzer,Jing Zhang, March 12, 2014
On March 5, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed to constitute an en banc panel to reconsider a decision issued by the court in Trek Leather Inc. et al. v. United States. The entire court will reconsider a July 30, 2013 decision issued by a three-judge panel holding that the...
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Sydney H. Mintzer

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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