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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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"China in the Crosshairs: An Overview of the U.S. Approach to Mitigating National Security Concerns," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 23, 2020). Presenters: Caroline E. Brown, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, David R. Stepp, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Erik Woodhouse, Stephanie L. Crawford, Chandler S. Leonard, and Andrew Blasi.
"China Customs Targets Key Industries in Latest Transfer Pricing Enforcement Initiative," International Trade Bulletin (June 18, 2020). Contacts: Evan Y. Chuck, David R. Stepp
Client Alert / Newsletter
Trade Attorneys Advising Companies To Reach USMCA Compliance As Quickly As Possible Inside U.S. Trade (June 12, 2020)
Media Mentions
"The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – A Substantial Rewrite of NAFTA or More of the Same?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 10, 2020). Presenters: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, David R. Stepp, Frances P. Hadfield, Maria Vanikiotis, and Walter (Sam) Boone.
When Manufacturing New Product Lines, Be Aware Of New Compliance Risks Compliance Week (June 5, 2020)
Media Mentions
"The White House Establishes “Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force” Under Section 741 of USMCA Implementation Act," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (May 15, 2020). Authors: John B. Brew, David R. Stepp, Frances P. Hadfield and Walter (Sam) Boone.
"USMCA (New NAFTA) To Take Effect July 1, 2020," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 27, 2020). Authors: John B. Brew, David R. Stepp and Maria Vanikiotis.
"COVID-19 And Product Pivoting: Pitfalls and Opportunities," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 22, 2020). Presenters: Jonathan M. Baker, John Fuson, David R. Stepp, Scott L. Winkelman, Chalana Netasha Damron, Stephanie L. Crawford, and Mariam Sarwar.
"Multinational Companies May Benefit From Chinese Stimulus Programs To Help Mitigate the Economic Impact in China of COVID-19," International Trade Bulletin (March 31, 2020). Contacts: Evan Y. Chuck, Nicole Janigian Simonian, David R. Stepp, Jackson C. Pai
Client Alert / Newsletter
"New Rules Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods Impact E-Commerce," International Trade Bulletin (February 11, 2020). Contacts: John B. Brew, David R. Stepp, Lorraine M. Campos, Paul M. Rosen, Peter Eyre, Rina M. Gashaw
Client Alert / Newsletter

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