Roger Banks is Counsel in the firm’s International Trade and Customs practice.  He has extensive experience representing and advising clients affected by laws governing imports and exports.  His experience includes litigating unfair trade cases (antidumping, countervailing duty, “safeguards,” and others) and challenging rulings by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and other agencies.   He advocates on behalf of importers and exporters subject to enforcement actions and advises them on compliance with import and export regulations.

Mr. Banks has also served as Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School, where he taught a two-semester course in legal writing and oral advocacy.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Wheat Gluten.  On behalf of U.S. wheat processing industry, obtained order signed by the President of the United States to curtail surge of imports.
  • Ceramica Regiomontana v. United States. In U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, succeeded in having lower court and federal agency decisions reversed in international trade litigation.
  • Inner Secrets / Secretly Yours v. United States. U.S. Court of International Trade reversed U.S. Customs’ classification of imported merchandise and ordered it to be reclassified as we had advocated.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Baker & Hostetler, Of Counsel
  • Barnes & Thornburg, Of Counsel
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Associate
  • Williams & Connolly, Special Project Attorney

PRO BONO

  • Obtained protective order in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of indigent victim of violence.
  • Successfully appealed SSI disability ruling on behalf of disabled indigent client.

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES

  • “Safeguarding Producers,” Journal of Commerce (July 26, 2010).
  • “Full Harbor Funding,” Journal of Commerce (August 3, 1998).
  • “Section 201 Safeguards Action: An Anomaly Or New Trend In Import Relief.”  Speech at the Annual Convention of American Exporters and Importers.

LANGUAGES

  • Italian

 

Education

  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1990
    ABA Award for Academic Excellence
  • Rutgers College, Rutgers University, B.A., 1986
    magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade