DAVID E. COHEN is a Managing Partner, Operating Committee with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in its Washington, D.C., office. 

Mr. Cohen brings more than 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 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 serves as Co-Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Working Group on Valuation, a member of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s Legal Task Force, and as a trustee for the Edmund Burke School in Washington DC.

He 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.

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
  • 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
State Bar Memberships
  • District of Columbia
  • Wisconsin

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