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Growing Global Trade and Customs Firm Welcomes D.C. Attorney / Lobbyist David Thomas Among Other Additions

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., announced today the addition of three experienced professionals in response to the increasing demand for international trade services stemming from today’s unprecedented policy uncertainty. David Thomas will join as a member of the firm, Elizabeth Chiavetta will be part of the auditing team, and paralegal Ingrid Jernudd will support the trade remedies practice. 

“Tariff increases, trade restrictions, shifting supply chains, and a host of other developments over the past few years have upended the global trade environment that businesses had come to rely on,” said Nicole Bivens Collinson, who leads ST&R’s government relations practice. “ST&R has been a leader in helping clients thrive in the face of challenges for more than 40 years, in large part because we’ve always worked to make sure our team has the best and brightest. David, Elizabeth, and Ingrid are certainly among those, and we expect to add even more as the year progresses.” 

As an attorney and lobbyist, David Thomas will advise and represent clients on international trade issues before Congress and the Executive Branch as well as assist on issues related to customs rules, policies, and procedures. Previously he served as chairman of Trade for America, vice president for trade policy at Business Roundtable, trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, and a lobbyist and lawyer in private practice. He can be reached in ST&R’s Washington, D.C., office at dthomas@strtrade.com or (202) 730-4961. 

Elizabeth Chiavetta expands ST&R’s top-notch auditing team. Most recently she served as director of audit policy at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where she oversaw three branches within Regulatory Audit’s Audit Policy Division. Earlier in her career she served as chief of CBP’s Policy Branch, where she directed the development of regulatory audit policies, procedures, and technical guidance, and as a senior auditor for both CBP and the Defense Contract Audit Agency. She is based in New Hampshire and can be reached at echiavetta@strtrade.com or (305) 894-1008. 

Paralegal Ingrid Jernudd is also joining ST&R’s Washington, D.C., office, where she will support a trade remedies practice fully engaged in helping companies mitigate their exposure to Section 301 tariffs, antidumping and countervailing duties, and other measures. She can be reached at ijernudd@strtrade.com or (202) 730-4966.

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