Douglas Browning

Of Counsel
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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Areas of Practice

Admitted to practice

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Court of International Trade


Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.

University of Pittsburgh’s College of Arts and Sciences, B.A.

Honors & Awards

  • Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive
  • Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive
  • Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal
  • National Order of Merit Member (Republic of France)
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Douglas Browning is Of Counsel to the firm, resident in the Washington, D.C., office. 

Prior to joining STR Mr. Browning served as global customs director for General Motors Corporation, where he led a team of 155 customs professionals, 31 country managers and four regional directors responsible for ensuring that GM vehicles, parts and materials were globally entered in a timely, compliant and cost-effective manner. 

Mr. Browning spent the majority of his career with the U.S. Customs Service and its successor agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. After joining Customs in 1976 as a general attorney with the Office of Regulations and Rulings, he rose through the ranks to become assistant commissioner for international affairs, a post he held for eight years. In this position he was responsible for representing the interests of Customs to international organizations and managed the agency’s multilateral and bilateral relations. He was also responsible for managing all the Customs attaché offices globally. He also served as the assistant commissioner for regulations and rulings during the time that organization began the initial process of designing the CROSS system. 

Mr. Browning was ultimately tapped to serve as deputy commissioner, where he served through Customs’ reorganization into CBP. As deputy commissioner he was the chief operating officer for CBP, with responsibilities including the development, implementation and evaluation of programs, policies and procedures relating to border security, law enforcement, trade compliance and facilitation, and administrative operations. He also represented CBP in policy and operational matters and negotiated on its behalf with international and national constituencies. He was CBP’s modernization executive, directing the implementation of the overall vision and program for agency-wide modernization.

Mr. Browning holds a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is admitted to practice at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of International Trade. Among other honors he is the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards - Distinguished and Meritorious Executive, received the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, and is a member of the National Order of Merit (Republic of France). 

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