Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Areas of Practice
- Border Security Program: C-TPAT
- Civil Detention & Forfeitures
- Customs & Other Agencies
- First Sale
- Foreign Trade Zones & Other Duty Deferral Programs
- Free Trade Agreements & Other Preference Programs
- Import Compliance
- Rules of Origin Determinations & Country of Origin Marking
Admitted to practice
- U.S. Court of International Trade
State Bar Memberships
- New York
American University, Washington College of Law
American University, School of International Service
M.A., International Affairs
Binghamton University, State University of New York
NEIL HELFAND is a Senior Associate with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the San Francisco office. He advises clients on all matters pertaining to customs and international trade, focusing on duty savings and penalty mitigation.
Mr. Helfand joined the Firm with more than a decade of experience in customs and international trade law. As a senior associate and then manager for a major consulting firm, he advised domestic and foreign manufacturers, U.S. importers, foreign governments and global retailers on issues such as the First Sale Rule, classification and valuation, country of origin determination and marking, free trade agreements and preferential trade programs, and supply chain security. He also conducted audits to help companies determine customs and trade compliance and streamline their supply chains. Earlier in his career, as an attorney for a New York law firm, Mr. Helfand oversaw the firm’s C-TPAT program, worked to mitigate U.S. Customs and Border Protection fines and penalties, and assisted clients with obtaining licenses from the Office of Foreign Assets Control and binding ruling requests from CBP. He also served as an attorney in the General Classification Branch of CBP’s Office of Regulations and Rulings, where he drafted and issued rulings on the classification of commodities such as high-tech machinery, electronic devices, chemical and pharmaceutical products, and festive merchandise.
Mr. Helfand holds a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, an M.A. in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service, and a B.A. in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade and admitted to the New York state bar.