David E. Cohen

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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Areas of Practice

Admitted to practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, federal and District of Columbia circuits Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia and Eastern District of Wisconsin

State Bar Memberships


Marquette University Law School
J.D., 1992

University of Wisconsin
BBA (Finance and Risk Management), 1989

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Purim Ball Honoree
    Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capitol
  • 2016 Founder's Award
    State Bar of Wisconsin
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DAVID E. COHEN is a member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in its Washington, D.C., office. He is also a member of the Firm's Operating Committee.

Mr. Cohen brings nearly 30 years of combined public and private sector experience as an attorney and trusted counselor. His practice focuses on providing strategic advice to a wide range of clients on international trade and customs law matters including valuation, preference programs and customs audits. In particular, he assists companies in structuring multi-tiered transactions to maximize lawful duty savings transactions and mitigate the impact of the Section 301 tariffs levied against China-produced imports. Mr. Cohen also works closely with the firm’s Trade Negotiations and Legislative Affairs practice on issues such as the development and implementation of trade laws and regulations and representation of client interests before federal agencies and judicial bodies.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Cohen served as an attorney for the U.S. Customs Service’s Office of Regulations and Rulings from 1993 to 1999, where he concentrated on customs and international trade matters. During his tenure at Customs headquarters, he was affiliated with the Carrier Rulings Branch, the Special Classification and Marking Branch and the Value Branch.

Mr. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and risk management from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School, where he was student articles editor of the Marquette Law Review. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and District of Columbia circuits, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Community Reinvestment Act, Asset or Liability?, which was published in the spring 1992 issue of the Marquette Law Review.

Speaking Engagements

Lectures and Forums

Section 301 Countermeasures Webinar
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association; October 2018

Guest Speaker, the Taxing World of Tariffs: How Trade Policy is Affecting the Sporting Goods Industry
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association Industry Leaders Summit; September 2018

Guest Speaker, Tariffs & the 2018 Trade Environment
Sport & Style Podcast Episode 5; June 3, 2018

Guest Speaker, Border Adjustment Tax
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association Risk Managment Summit; April 2017


Preserving Refunds on Goods Excluded from Section 301 Tariffs
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report; July 24, 2019

"The Community Reinvestment Act, Asset or Liability?"
Marquette Law Review, spring 1992

Professional Associations

Non-Resident Lawyers Division Board of Directors
State Bar of Wisconsin; 2000 - 2013

Community Service

Co-Director, Takoma Park Independence Day Committee Parade
Takoma Park, Maryland; 1993 - present

Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capitol; 2009 - 2016

Customs & International Headlines