Providing strategic and legal guidance to multinationals, trade associations and governments on customs and trade law and policy, compliance, negotiations, litigation, and legislation. She represents clients before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Treasury Department (Office of Foreign Assets Control), the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Congress.
Projects recently handled by Ms. Jacobs include: advising a major footwear brand on the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations; assisting in the representation of Chinese solar cell manufacturers against an antidumping and countervailing duty petition; advising on the interpretation of and compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, including the preparation of Section 15(b) reports (recalls); conducting an internal investigation for a U.S. brand on potential third party Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations; assisting foreign producers, and U.S. importers and purchasers, in responding to antidumping and countervailing duty petitions and developing strategies to reduce exposure to such duties; and advising firms on compliance with U.S. sanctions programs and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including handling internal investigations and establishing compliance programs.
A licensed customs broker, Ms. Jacobs has extensive experience assisting companies in obtaining Customs rulings, preparing protests and responding to penalty proceedings, including intellectual property rights violations, and in drafting contracts, including vendor-purchaser and licensing agreements. She also advises on rules of origin and valuation issues and on matters pending before the WTO, particularly the Dispute Settlement Body, and assisting industries and governments in identifying viable claims and litigation strategies under WTO agreements. She is a co-author of a report for the World Bank on non-market economy countries.
Ms. Jacobs previously served as Senior Counsel for Trade Agreements at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was one of the primary U.S. Government negotiators of the 1986 Protocol extending the Multifiber Arrangement. Before that, Ms. Jacobs was a legal advisor in the U.S. International Trade Commission’s General Counsel’s office, responsible for legal issues arising during antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguard, and Section 337 (patent and trademark) investigations.
Ms. Jacobs is a frequent speaker on current trade topics at seminars and conferences around the world.
Recipient of the Commerce Department’s General Counsel’s Award for Exceptional Performance, 1987
Listed in Chambers Global 2010-2012 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2010-2012 as “a leader in the field” of International Trade
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, International Trade and Finance Law, 2006-2015
Listed in Who's Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers, 2011-2013
Recommended in International Trade in the Legal 500 US 2014