Louis S Shoichet, Esq. is a well-known and highly regarded US based lawyer, focusing on the laws and regulations dealing with United States Customs and international trade matters, including other federal, state and local government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), etc. With 40 years of significant experience in the area of Customs and International Trade Law practice, he has earned a reputation of being a preeminent and well respected US Customs Lawyer.
Mr. Shoichet has been a partner of Tompkins & Davidson, LLP and its predecessor firms for over 30 years, after having served as a staff attorney with the U.S. Customs Service (Headquarters office) from 1975-1977. His in-depth knowledge of the trade laws stems from his extensive experience gained during years of guiding clients, including numerous multi-national firms (particularly those from Europe and Asia), through all areas and aspects of United States rules regarding Customs and international trade law, including the management of Customs audits and focused assessments, tariff classification and North American distribution issues affecting merchandise, such as consumer products, automotive, food and industrial products. He has also assisted clients with other areas of import and export law, participating in Fish and Wildlife Service licensure hearings and assisting importers with their FDA registrations for overseas facilities, in addition to working on behalf of his clients in defense of Customs civil and criminal investigations and allegations of intellectual property rights violations.
Mr. Shoichet received his Juris Doctor from the nationally renowned Hofstra University’s School of Law, where he graduated at the top of his class in 1975. In his 40 years of practice in the area of Customs and International Trade Law, Mr. Shoichet has achieved distinction, as well as the respect of both, his colleagues and that of representatives of the U.S. Customs Service (re-named U.S. Customs & Border Protection). He has also lectured on: Customs Prior Disclosures, the Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, Customs Focused Assessments, Intellectual Property Rights Issues and the Food and Drug Administration regulations arising from the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. Mr. Shoichet is a member of various organizations and associations, such as the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (member, continuing Legal Education and Professional Responsibility Committee 1988-1990), the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association, for which he co-developed a seminar program for compliance with international trade. Mr. Shoichet is admitted to practice before the Court of International Trade (the court created to hear cases involving particular international trade and customs law questions) and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In spite of his schedule, he manages to personalize his care, attention, and dedication to each case, for which his clients not only respect him, but also have faith in him. Mr. Shoichet and his firm have represented importers and exporters in diverse industries and fields, including manufacturers, retailers, trade groups and associations dealing in consumer products, alcohol and tobacco, chemicals and heavy industry. These clients range from well established multi-national global corporations to startup companies looking to enter the US market for the first time.