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Susan Kohn Ross

Susan Kohn Ross is Chair of the International Trade Practice and Co-Chair of the Homeland Security & Regulatory Practice at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.  Ms. Ross has practiced for more than 30 years in the areas of customs, international trade, transportation, food and drug, homeland security, product safety and import/export law.  She has worked closely with all governmental agencies involved in international trade, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Departments of Commerce and State, Food & Drug Administration, International Trade Commission, and U.S. Trade Representative.  Ms. Ross regularly represents domestic and foreign clients in state and federal court and before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other governmental agencies that regulate and influence international commerce. She also holds an individual customs broker’s license.  A frequent speaker and writer, Ms. Ross is also a monthly columnist for the Journal of Commerce Online. 

For over 100 years, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp has provided integrated legal and business solutions for clients in areas that include: Litigation, Intellectual Property & Technology, Labor & Employment, Immigration, Corporate Transactions, International Trade, Homeland Security, Entertainment & New Media, Tax, Trust & Estates and Real Estate. MS&K has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Professional Activities:

American Association of Exporters and Importers - Customs, Security, Regulated Industries and Transportation/Logistics Committees; Women in International Trade/Los Angeles - Member, Past President, Past Chair of the Board; Women in International Trade/Orange County - Member; Foreign Trade Association - Director; Past Chair - Issues and Advocacy Committee and Breakfast Seminar Series;

Customs and International Trade Bar Association - Customs and Tariffs Committee; (expired) Special Committee on Trade Agreements - Co-Chair - Rules of Origin Subcommittee; American Bar Association - International Law Section - Customs Law Committee and Women�s Interest Network, Vice-Chair of both; Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice; Litigation Section;

California State Bar - International and Business Law Sections; Los Angeles County Bar Association - Customs Law Committee - Member, Past Chair and Past Vice Chair; Litigation Section - Former Co-Chair - Administrative Law Subcommittee;

Member of two sub-committees formed by the Department of Homeland Security�s Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC), one dealing with the Advance Trade Data Elements and the other involving expansion of C-TPAT and CSI; Member - 2001-2002, Dept. of Treasury�s Sub-Committee on Border Security, Commercial Oversight Advisory Committee (COAC) - one of only 50 private sector participants who provided recommendations to COAC and the legacy U.S. Customs Service regarding cargo and supply chain security in light of the events of September 11, 2001; monthly columnist, Journal of Commerce, national trade publication; author of the Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Chapter in Import Handbook, A Compliance and Planning Guide, published in October 1997 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Various regional broker/forwarder and other international trade associations.

Past Activities:

Member Editorial Board, North American Trade Guide; occasional columnist, Daily Journal, general circulation legal newspaper; NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes - one of the eight original U.S. private sector representatives. Customs NAFTA Advisory Committee - one of a handful of advisors to legacy U.S. Customs Service regarding the NAFTA negotiations; Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. - the alternative dispute resolution arm of the Los Angeles County Bar Association - former Director, former officer; Past Chair - Operating Committee; Past Legislative Liaison;


Listed in one or more editions of the following:
International Trade Who�s Who - Los Angeles Business Journal; Who's Who Worldwide; Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in Professional and Executive Women; Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America; Who's Who in Noteworthy American and Community Leaders; Who's Who in California; Dictionary of International Biography; International Who�s Who (Partial Listing).

Articles/ Publications: (partial listing)
Customs Update: $10 million and counting! (JOC Online 11/14/06); Customs Update: SAFE Act details (JOC Online 10/25/06); Customs Update: Ford vs. Customs (JOC Online 9/13/06); Customs Update: A bond that kills trade (JOC Online 07/13/06); Customs Update: Anti-terror measures trumping trade (JOC Online 06/14/06); Customs Update: Record What? (JOC Online 05/04/06); Customs Update: An egg by any other name... (JOC Online 03/28/06); Customs Update: Antidumping complications (JOC Online 1/23/06); Customs Update: Export compliance ratchets up (JOC Online 12/28/05); Customs Update: Textile enforcement problems (JOC Online 12/05/05); New C-TPAT Requirements (JOC Magazine 7/4/05); Customs Update: New FDA Recordkeeping Rules (JOC 12/28/04); Customs Update: How Will the 9/11 Report Affect Traders? (JOC 9/29/04); Customs Update: Why Sarbanes-Oxley is Important (JOC 6/14/04); Customs Update: New FDA Prior Notice Rules (JOC Oct. 29, 2003); Customs Update: Registration of Food Facilities (JOC Oct. 24, 2003); Customs Update: FDA�s New Food Import Measures (JOC April 8, 2003); Customs Update: 24-hour Rule Yields Chaos (JOC March 25, 2003); Customs Update: Will Steel Tariffs Make a Difference? (JOC March 25, 2002);

Customs Update: Tariff Engineering - Is It Still Viable? (JOC September 25, 2001); Trafficking Troubles New Drug Kingpin Act Regulations Affect Exporters, Attorneys (LADJ, September 26, 2000); Challenging Customs Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Two Import-Export Cases (LADJ, October 26, 1999); and Some of the Rules for Release of Proprietary Information under U.S. Law (July, 1999], CIPIC-Japan Tariff Association).


- Juris Doctor;


American Jurisprudence Book Award - Criminal Law;
Who's Who In Students in American Colleges and Universities;
American Bar Association/Law Student Division - Silver Key; 9th
Circuit Service Award;
Student Bar Association - Outstanding Service Award; Executive
Editor, Southwestern's COMMENTATOR;


- History.



Counsel: MITCHELL SILBERBERG & KNUPP LLP - January 1, 2008 - Present - Customs, international trade (import and export), international transportation, maritime, and food and drug law, corporate compliance, Congressional activities and government relations.

Shareholder: RODRIGUEZ O'DONNELL ROSS - June 2002 to December 31, 2007 - Customs, international trade (import and export), international transportation, maritime, and food and drug law, corporate compliance, Congressional activities and government relations.

Shareholder: S.K. ROSS & ASSOC., P.C. - 1996 to May 2002; PRINCIPAL: ROSS & ASSOCIATES - 1990 to 1996 - Customs, international trade and transportation law, business and litigation practice, including corporate and transactional matters, management and legislative consulting services; including representation of foreign clients doing business in
the United States.

PARTNER: HERRICK & ROSS - Los Angeles and Miami - July 1986 to December 1989, Customs and international trade law.

SOLE PRACTITIONER - Los Angeles - December 1983 to 1989; Beverly Hills - February to June 1982; San Francisco - November 1980 to June 1981; Huntington Beach & Manhattan Beach (two office practice) - November 1978 to October 1980; General business and litigation practice including trials and law and motion, in such areas as Customs and related trade law, transportation, corporate, contracts, collections, family law, torts and general business matters.

GRAYSON MAXWELL & SUGARMAN - Los Angeles - Associate - June 1982 to December 1983 - Litigation practice with heavy emphasis on trial and law and motion work, personal injury, family law, contracts, business matters, collections, Customs and related trade law, and general transportation matters.

YANELLO & FLIPPEN - Oakland - June 1981 to February 1982 - Director of Civil Litigation, Senior Family Law Attorney; in addition to all phases of handling a caseload, responsibilities included representing the firm in its legal matters and fee arbitrations. The caseload generated heavy emphasis in both litigation and law and motion in such fields of law as business, entertainment, general civil matters, contracts, torts, family law and administrative proceedings; leader for in-house training classes.

LAW CLERK - STEIN, SHOSTACK, SHOSTACK & O'HARA and MANDEL and GRUNFELD - Total two years experience, responsibilities included maintenance of calendars, research and drafting of pleadings/forms, liaison with Customs and clients.


Employed from 1967 through 1979 in the customs brokerage field which deals in commercial imports and their clearance through U.S. Customs procedures and laws. Organizations dealt with include various government agencies, all types of carriers (steamship, railroad, airline, truck) and banks. All actions taken were on behalf of importers or other customs brokers.
Common to all positions was chief responsibility for expeditious handling of shipments as well as counseling of clients as to the handling of future imports legally and properly.

The last position in this field was a partner in YOKEUM/ROSS & ASSOCIATES which specialized in trouble importations and transactions on behalf of other customs brokers and individua importers.

Customs Broker's License granted December 1971 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Previous activities:

Mediation - Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Attorney- Client Relations Committee (also former Vice Chair); Settlement Officer - Los Angeles and Van Nuys Superior and Los Angeles Municipal Courts; Arbitrator - LACBA - Fee Arbitration Panel (including complex cases); Temporary Judge - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Santa Monica Municipal Courts.