For nearly 30 years Matt has represented major international corporations, governments, and associations in matters arising under the international trade and customs laws of the United States, the WTO Agreements (and before it the GATT), the NAFTA, and other agreements. In these proceedings Matt regularly appears before the US Department of Commerce, the US International Trade Commission, and the Office of the US Trade Representative. Because these matters often result in appeals to national courts and bi-lateral and multi-lateral tribunals, Matt also appears before the US Court of International Trade, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and NAFTA panels, and has advised clients with respect to appeals taken by national authorities to WTO dispute panels and the WTO Appellate Body.
In addition to his extensive trade litigation experience, Matt advises clients on other import and export related issues. He represents clients in investigations, penalty proceedings, audits, and compliance assessments by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (formerly the United States Customs Service). He also provides advice and counseling in connection with classification, valuation, and country of origin issues.
Matt’s clients cover a wide variety of industries, from raw and processed agricultural products (farmed salmon, fresh flowers, fruit juices, and sugar) to manufactured goods (automobiles, steel, specialty chemicals, and bearings). Matt has represented leading industry participants in the most complex antidumping, countervailing duty, and Section 301 proceedings, including Antifriction Bearings, Softwood Lumber from Canada, Hot-Rolled Steel from Japan, and Automobile Replacement Parts (Automobiles from Japan), among others.