Evelyn Suarez advises companies engaged in international trade on customs, anti-corruption and trade policy matters. Ms. Suarez represents clients before all trade agencies, in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court and on legislative matters. She has led representation in high profile investigations, including the U.N. Volcker Committee and various Congressional investigations.
Ms. Suarez spent her early professional career at the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs & Border Protection predecessor.
Today, Ms. Suarez is a frequent speaker and author on customs and international trade topics of the day, most especially USMCA and the Section 232 and 301 tariffs and the product exclusion processes. She is a past President of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and serves on the Advisory Councils to George Washington University Center for International Business Education & Research and Georgetown University Law Center International Trade Update.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the DC Bar. She is proud to have received the Martindale-Hubbell Judicial AV Preeminent rating and is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America for International Trade and as a “Super Lawyer” in International Trade law in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine.
After decades of private practice at major law firms and in government service, Evelyn Suarez founded The Suarez Firm in 2014 to assist clients engaged in the global marketplace, especially those doing business in emerging markets. Based on her years of experience in customs and international trade law as well as with anti-corruption laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, she assists clients address and mitigate risks associated with cross-border trade and investment. Her clients range from international traders to customs brokers and freight forwarders to transportation and logistics companies.
The Suarez Firm counsels clients in regard to import and export regulatory compliance, cross-border intellectual property protection and other compliance risks in the supply chain. One major area of focus for her law firm is implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. As a result of her years of experience in the private sector and in Government service at U.S. Customs and other international trade agencies, she can assist companies, countries and development banks in regard to Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation and best practices. She has recently refocused her attention on Africa but does work with clients globally and in all emerging markets.