Gilbert Lee Sandler

Founding Member
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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, Inc.

Areas of Practice

Bar associations

  • Florida Bar Association
    - Chairman, International Law Section, 1987-1988
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
    - Treasurer, 1980-1990

State Bar Memberships

Education

New York University School of Law
J.D., 1969

Dartmouth College
B.A., with honors, 1966

Honors & Awards

  • Appointed by President Clinton to Host Committee, Summit of the Americas, December 1994
  • Named Person of the Year by the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, 2002
  • Awarded the Ponce de Leon Pioneering Spirit Award by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 2012
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GILBERT LEE SANDLER is a founding member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office. He is also a member of the Firm's Operating Committee. Mr. Sandler has extensive experience in handling complex international trade, intellectual property and litigation projects for a wide range of clients including importers, exporters, manufacturers, bonded warehousemen, foreign-trade zones, customs brokers, freight forwarders, carriers, financial institutions and surety companies. After serving six years as a senior trial attorney in the Department of Justice (Customs Section), he began a 38-year career in private practice emphasizing international trade, including the technical areas of tariff classification, valuation and preference; quota qualification; product marking and labeling laws; copyright and trademark protection; security measures; trade compliance and audit programs; penalty avoidance and defense; and multiple other import requirements administered by federal and state agencies (e.g., FDA, EPA, USDA) involving issues such as health, safety, the environment and ethical sourcing.

Mr. Sandler has been appointed by five administrations to advise the United States government on international trade negotiations, including the Uruguay and Doha rounds, free trade agreement negotiations, the Customs Valuation Agreement, the Harmonized Tariff Classification Agreement and the Kyoto Convention. He has served on the Advisory Committee on Customs Commercial Operations, where he played a leading role in the committee’s work on the development of the Department of Homeland Security and on security programs such as the Container Security Initiative and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.

Mr. Sandler holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law and an A.B. (with honors) from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the bars in New York and Florida and has chaired the Florida bar’s International Law Section. He serves on the board of the American Association of Exporters and Importers and chaired its Regulated Industries Committee. He has chaired the Florida International Trade and Investment Council, the World Trade Center Miami and is a member of the International Business Committee to the Florida Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, he has served as vice chairman for International Business and Immigration. He co-chaired all nine annual Customs/Trade/Finance Symposiums of the Americas and was appointed by President Clinton to the Host Committee for the Summit of the Americas held in December 1994. He currently serves as general counsel to the Florida Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, the American Surety Association and the American Free Trade Association.

Professional Associations

American Association of Exporters and Importers

- Board of Directors

Florida Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association

- General Counsel

International Trade Surety Association

- General Counsel

American Free Trade Association

- General Counsel

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

- Vice Chairman for Immigration and International Business

- Vice Chairman for International Economic Development, 1986-1993

Florida Chamber of Commerce

- Board of Directors

- Chairman, International Business Council

Florida International Trade and Investment Council

- Founding Chairman, 1991-1994

World Trade Center Miami

- Chairman, 1995-1996

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