MARILYN-JOY CERNY is a Managing Partner, Operating Committe with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Pawling, NY office. She specializes in customs law, international trade law, and export control law, with extensive experience in tariff classification of a wide variety of imported merchandise, and has represented clients on these matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Court of International Trade. She counsels clients on import matters relating to country of origin marking, prior disclosures, penalties, forced labor allegations, free trade agreements, and the requirements of other government agencies with responsibilities over import transactions. 

Ms. Cerny has assisted clients on export controls, licensing, commodity jurisdiction, and compliance issues as well as the development of internal export compliance programs. She has represented companies on export matters before the Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of State, and Office of Foreign Assets Control. 

Prior to joining ST&R Ms. Cerny practiced international trade and customs law for more than 25 years, including nearly 20 years with Cerny Associates, P.C., a firm specializing in customs compliance for numerous Fortune 500 clients. She is also a licensed customs broker and co-founded drawback provider Global Customs & Trade Specialists, Inc.  

Ms. Cerny has been invited to speak on topics such as tariff classification, import and export issues, free trade zones, foreign-trade zones, international transactions, and drawback by groups such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, The German-American Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of trade and industry associations in numerous states. She also regularly provides her clients with import and export compliance training, both in person and through webinars.   

Ms. Cerny holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. cum laude from the University at Albany. She is admitted to the bars of New York State and the U.S. Court of International Trade and is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Customs and International Trade Bar Association as well as the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade.

Bar associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Albany B.A.
State Bar Memberships
  • New York

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