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Frances P. Hadfield

Counsel


Frances P. Hadfield is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group in the firm's New York office. Her practice focuses on forced labor and withhold release orders (WRO), import regulatory compliance, and customs litigation. She regularly advises corporations on 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)
  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, 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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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Country of Origin of Mallets," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (August 10, 2022). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
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"Aluminum from Xinjiang Could be at Risk of Being Tainted with Forced Labor, Per April 2022 Report," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (August 9, 2022). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
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"The Month In International Trade – July 2022," International Trade Bulletin (August 4, 2022). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of a Tot Swimmer Flotation Device," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (August 3, 2022). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Country of Origin of Sea Urchin Uni," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (July 27, 2022). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Halloween-Themed Pet Toys," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (July 20, 2022). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
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"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of a Portable Chair-and-Backpack," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (July 13, 2022). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
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"The Month in International Trade – June 2022," International Trade Bulletin (July 11, 2022). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Customs Ruling of the Week – Classification of an AirPods Case Cover," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (July 6, 2022). Authors: Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
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"Department of Homeland Security Releases the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Strategy Report," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (June 28, 2022). Authors: David R. Stepp, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Martín Yerovi.
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