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David R. Stepp

Phone: +1 213.443.5531
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2201

David Stepp is an experienced trade lawyer who provides multinational companies with strategic advice on global customs and international trade compliance matters. David is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Crowell & Moring. 

His practice focuses on advising companies on their e-commerce strategies globally, conducting global customs and international trade audits, and assisting clients on improving, benchmarking, and coordinating compliance programs across borders.

David has over 30 years of experience handling international trade regulatory matters, including those related to tariff classification, valuation, country of origin marking, free trade agreements, and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT).

He also has experience in advising on trade remedies and coordinating government investigations, including FCPA matters. 

Prior to joining the firm, David led regulatory initiatives across Asia, as well as advised clients on U.S. customs practices and procedures.


  • Duke University, A.B. (1983)
  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (1986)


Admitted to practice: California, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and U.S. Court of International Trade

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Northern California World Trade Center
  • Board of Directors, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (Chairman, 2014, and President, 2013)
  • Member, Global Legal Customs Association (President, 2008-2010)
  • Member, American Bar Association

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U.S. Steps Up Enforcement On Apparel Imports Over Forced Labor in Xinjiang Women's Wear Daily (July 7, 2021)
Media Mentions
"Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces Expiration of its Export Allocation Rule on Medical Supplies and Equipment for Covid-19," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (July 2, 2021). Authors: Adelicia R. Cliffe, David R. Stepp, Aaron Marx, Brian McGrath and Martín Yerovi.
"CBP Issues Withhold Release Order (WRO) on Certain Silica-Based Products from Xinjiang, PRC," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (June 24, 2021). Authors: David R. Stepp, John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
USMCA's Trade Rules Are Keeping Carmakers On Their Toes Law360 (April 12, 2021)
Media Mentions
"International Trade in 2021: What’s Ahead," Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 17, 2021). Presenters: Vassilis Akritidis, Caroline E. Brown, Michelle J. Linderman, Joshua Pond, Nicole Janigian Simonian, David R. Stepp, Robert Clifton Burns, Carina C. Federico, Jackson C. Pai, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Michael Bowen, Chandler S. Leonard, Brian McGrath, Nimrah Najeeb, and Joshua Boswell.
PMI Wraps Up Successful Virtual Conference Plumbing & Mechanical (January 11, 2021)
Media Mentions
"Looking Ahead: Enforcement of the USMCA Labor Provisions," International Trade Bulletin (December 18, 2020). Contacts: John B. Brew, Nicole Janigian Simonian, Robert Holleyman, David R. Stepp, Jackson C. Pai
Client Alert / Newsletter
PMI20 Manufacturing Success Conference Held Virtually Contractor Magazine (November 23, 2020)
Media Mentions
"Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan Companies under the Trade War," Lexcel Partners Webinar (November 16, 2020). Panelists: Robert A. Burton, Evan Y. Chuck, and David R. Stepp.
"RETURN TO SENDER: China Provides New Tax and Duty Relief for Goods Returned to China for COVID-19 Reasons," International Trade Bulletin (November 12, 2020). Contacts: Evan Y. Chuck, David R. Stepp, Zhongdong Zhang, Zhiwei Chen, Aurora Zhang, Jun Zhao
Client Alert / Newsletter

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