Who We Are

Myron Paul Barlow, Managing Member

 

Mr. Barlow was formerly an attorney in U.S. Customs’ office of international trade litigation, where he represented the government in suits brought by importers to the U.S. Court of International Trade and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  After leaving the government, Mr. Barlow practiced customs, international trade, and export control law in the international trade departments of two large multinational law firms and one small customs specialty law firm, before establishing his own firm in 2003.

 

Mr. Barlow has written numerous published articles on customs law, examples including The Benefits of Operating in a Foreign-Trade Zone, World View (Nov/Dec 2000), Lowering the Cost of Importing: Strategies for Reducing Customs Duties, AHPA Report (Fall 2000), The Tariff Classification of Imported Fasteners, Fastener Technology International (Initial Publications, Inc. Feb/March 1999), and FTZ Advantages for Exporters, Official Export Guide (K-III Directory Corp. 1997).  He contributed to the U.S. Customs and International Trade Guide, Matthew Bender / Lexis Nexis, by updating the customs law chapters for the second edition in 2000.  He also wrote the material used for the online customs compliance training program at WeComply.com.

 

Mr. Barlow has presented on customs law issues before many organizations, including the District of Columbia Bar, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, World Trade Center Institute, San Diego Customs Brokers Association, Federal Publications Seminars, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, and Association of Corporate Counsel.

 

Mr. Barlow was issued a Certificate of Appreciation from the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade for his pro bono work in litigation before that court successfully obtaining trade adjustment assistance for displaced American workers.

 

Mr. Barlow has represented corporations before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has also represented clients before many import/export agencies including U.S. Customs, Canada Customs, U.S. Trade Representative, State Department, Bureau of Industry and Security, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Maritime Administration, International Trade Commission, and International Trade Administration, among others.

 

Mr. Barlow has a B.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

 

 

Don Luther, Of Counsel

 

Mr. Luther was formerly an Import Specialist for U.S. Customs in Seattle, and a Program Officer at Customs Headquarters where he provided nationwide technical and policy guidance to Customs officers and members of the trade community, largely focusing on modernization efforts such as the Entry Revision Project and the ACS Reconciliation Prototype.  Mr. Luther attended the George Washington University Law School before joining the private sector, and previously worked in the international trade department of a large multinational law firm.  He is also the founder of the customs consulting group 19 CFR Trade Consulting, LLC, and is a licensed customs broker.

 

Mr. Luther has lectured extensively on customs matters before numerous organizations including the District of Columbia Bar, Western Maquiladora Trade Association, Joint Industry Group, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, American Bar Association, Customs and International Trade Bar Association, American Association of Exporters and Importers, International Compliance Professionals Association, and Western Cargo Conference, among others.  He also serves on the Trade Support Network, an industry advisory group created by U.S. Customs.

 

 

Elaine Bragg, Senior Trade Advisor

 

Ms. Bragg is a licensed customs broker. She was formerly a U.S. Customs Inspector at Los Angeles, and Vice President of Operations and the corporate licensee at a large customs brokerage. She also served as a customs compliance manager at several corporations including Seagate Technology, Astec America, Pulse Engineering, and Mattel.  As the Director of Customs Compliance at DHL, Ms. Bragg was the corporate broker license holder and responsible for supervision of brokerage operations and customs compliance at six U.S. gateways for its express consignment operations.   Ms. Bragg has presented on customs topics before numerous organizations including International Compliance Professionals Association, Border Trade Alliance, Energy Traffic Association, and Western Cargo Conference. She currently serves on the Trade Support Network, which provides trade and industry review of U.S. Customs’ Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

 

Ms. Bragg assists clients with corporate compliance programs, broker management, supply chain security and other import entry related rules, regulations and procedures. She provides training and counseling on the implementation of efficient customs compliance procedures, including knowledge of customs automated and accounting systems. She also assists clients with involvement in customs programs ranging from free trade agreements such as NAFTA to participation in C-TPAT, customs compliance for international carrier operations, and Importer Security Filing rules.  In addition she provides support and consulting for importers protesting customs decisions or being audited or investigated by Customs, and provides litigation support for customs cases. Ms. Bragg has a B.A. from Western Washington University.