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Frances P. Hadfield

Counsel

fhadfield@crowell.com
Phone: +1 212.803.4040
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Frances P. Hadfield is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group in the firm's New York office. Her practice focuses on customs litigation and regulatory compliance. She regularly advises corporations on both litigation and regulatory matters involving customs compliance, audits, customs enforcement, as well as import penalties.

Frances represents clients before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as in proceedings at the administrative level. She advises corporations on both substantive federal and state regulatory issues that involve U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife in matters pertaining to product admissibility, audits, classification, import restrictions, investigations, marking, licenses, origin, penalties, and tariff preference programs.

Frances has assisted clients in a broad array of industries (e.g., agricultural, apparel and footwear, automotive, cameras, electronics, equipment and machinery, glassware, household goods, lighting, petroleum, and hand tools), providing creative tariff solutions and duty recovery options that enable clients to obtain significant duty savings. Moreover, in enforcement instances she has worked to mitigate substantially proposed customs penalties.

Frances was also a law clerk to the Honorable Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of International Trade. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, she was an attorney at a boutique customs practice in New York City for over ten years. She is a licensed customs broker and has taught tariff classification and customs valuation.

Representative Experience

  • Led three-day bench trial at U.S. Court of International Trade involving six fact witnesses and two expert witnesses resulting in a duty decrease for cotton shelf brassiere tank tops from 16.5 percent ad valorem to 10.8 percent ad valorem.
  • Successfully litigated shelved furniture classification resulting in a duty decrease from 3.9 percent ad valorem to duty free.
  • Settled $1.5 million defective apparel goods case.
  • Succeeded in having penalty case involving the proper classification of digital still image video cameras dismissed.
  • Settled importer's trademark infringement case regarding handbags at the Southern District of New York.
  • Assists clients with establishing import compliance programs.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, B.S. (1996)
  • John Marshall Law School, J.D. (2001) cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: New York, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, United States Supreme Court

Other Memberships

  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA)
    • Chair, CITBA Publications Committee (2008-2012)
    • Co-Chair, CITBA Trial and Appellate Practice Committee (2012-Present)

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"Bipartisan Legislation to Address Issues Involving China Outlined in Proposed Strategic Competition Act of 2021," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 14, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Clayton Kaier.
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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of Shoe Sanitizing Mat," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 14, 2021). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori.
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"The Month in International Trade – March 2021," International Trade Bulletin (April 7, 2021). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz
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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of the Sidestream Mask and Tubing (Disposable) Kit," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 6, 2021). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori.
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"Customs CAATSA Ruling: Apparel Protest Denied over Forced Labor Concerns," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 1, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Laurel Saito and Clayton Kaier.
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"U.S. Calls Out Foreign Trade Barriers: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Releases 2021 National Trade Estimate Report," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 31, 2021). Authors: Robert Holleyman, John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Clayton Kaier.
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"CBP Finds Disposable Gloves Made in Malaysia Are Manufactured with Forced Labor," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 29, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Laurel Saito.
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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of Water Bottles," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 29, 2021). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori.
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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of In-Wash Scent Booster," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 23, 2021). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori.
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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of Jewelry Pieces," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 19, 2021). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Rebecca Toro Condori.
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