Donna L. Bade

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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Areas of Practice

Bar associations

  • Illinois Bar Association
    American Bar Association
    Chicago Bar Association
    - Chairman, Customs and International Trade Committee
    Customs and International Trade Bar Association

State Bar Memberships

Education

The John Marshall Law School
LLM, International Business and Trade (with honors)

The John Marshall Law School
J.D., cum laude

Hope College
B.A.

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DONNA L. BADE is a member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and manages the firm’s Chicago office. She focuses her practice on import and export trade law, trade regulations and customs law, regulatory law and transportation law.

A licensed customs broker, Ms. Bade has extensive experience advising companies in the areas of tariff classification, valuation, country of origin marking and utilization of preference programs. She has represented clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on focused assessments and before other government agencies with responsibilities over import and export transactions. Ms. Bade also assists companies in developing internal compliance programs.

Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a customs broker and freight forwarder for many years in the ports of Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago, and brings that in-depth experience to her understanding of the supply chain and import process.

In addition, Ms. Bade has extensive experience assisting clients with export control, licensing, commodity jurisdiction and compliance issues. She has represented companies before the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Department of State. She has also worked with companies to establish export management systems and has provided training to foreign branches and subsidiaries on U.S. export controls.

Ms. Bade also counsels customs brokers and freight forwarders regarding licensing and other issues before CBP and the Federal Maritime Commission.

She regularly lectures on issues pertaining to import and export law and procedures on behalf of various organizations. In addition, Ms. Bade has taught import and export trade law as an adjunct professor and served on the board of advisors to The John Marshall Law School’s LLM program in international business and trade. She is also the co-author of the revised fourth edition of Export/Import Procedures and Documentation.

Ms. Bade holds both an LLM (with honors) in international business and trade and a J.D. (cum laude) from The John Marshall School of Law, as well as a B.A. in psychology from Hope College. A member of the bar in Illinois, she belongs to the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the American Society of International Law. She is a past president of the Chicago Customs Brokers and Foreign Freight Forwarders Association and past chairman of the Customs and International Trade Committee for the Chicago Bar Association. Her publications include “ABA international law and practice section spring 2000 meeting: Human rights, corporate responsibility and economic sanctions: Corporate responsibility and US import regulations against forced labor,” 8 Tulsa J. Comp. & Int’l L. (Fall 2000) and “Comment: Beyond Marking: Country of Origin Rules and the Decision in CPC International,” 31 J. Marshall L. Rev. 179 (Fall 1997).

Lectures and Forums

Speaker, “International Payment: The Basics of Letters of Credit for Importers and Exporters,” WorldTrade\INTERACTIVE Webinar Series, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., 2011

Speaker, “The New 2010 Incoterms: Are You Behind the Curve?” WorldTrade\INTERACTIVE Webinar Series, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., 2011

Publications

“ABA international law and practice section spring 2000 meeting: Human rights, corporate responsibility and economic sanctions: Corporate responsibility and US import regulations against forced labor,” 8 Tulsa J. Comp. & Int’l L. (Fall 2000)

“Comment: Beyond Marking: Country of Origin Rules and the Decision in CPC International,” 31 J. Marshall L. Rev. 179 (Fall 1997).

Professional Associations

American Society of International Law

Chicago Customs Brokers & Foreign Freight Forwarders Association

- Past President

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