Evelyn Suarez The Spectrum Group

Evelyn M. Suarez, Esq.

Expertise Areas

  • International Trade, Foreign Trade Zones and Market Access
  • Customs and Trade Facilitation and Compliance
  • Economic Development and Emerging Markets
  • Homeland, Port/Maritime and Supply Chain Security
  • Congressional Investigations

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ms. Suarez, a lawyer specializing in international trade law, helps clients assess, create and implement strategic plans for business opportunities arising from international trade policy developments, such as the TPP, the TTIP, and the Cuba trade embargo relaxation.

Identified as a top lawyer in international trade and finance law by Best Lawyers in America, Ms. Suarez delivers more than 25 years of experience helping commercial, government and NGO clients ensure compliance, mitigate corruption, ensure security and intellectual property (IP) protection, minimize duty liability, and maximize benefits. In emerging markets, she helps clients address regulatory import and export compliance risks, comply with anti-corruption laws and sanction regimes, and protect IP and supply chains.

Ms. Suarez advises foreign governments on international trade policy implications for their business enterprises, and helps them maximize benefits, including through implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and foreign trade zones. She assists companies, countries and development banks with trade facilitation implementation, and has significant expertise in African markets, customs and anti-corruption (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.K. Bribery Act).

Ms. Suarez also represents global companies that are involved in importing, exporting, transportation, logistics and customs brokerage. She has extensive experience handling high profile investigations, including the U.N. Volcker Committee and U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme Congressional investigations, and has served as an advisor to the U.S. government on customs administration and trade facilitation in trade negotiations.

Ms. Suarez is a frequent lecturer on international trade. She is President Elect for the Association of Women in International Trade, and serves on the Advisory Council to Old Dominion University’s Maritime, Port and Logistics Management Institute.

KEY POSITIONS

  • Senior Attorney, Office of Regulations & Rulings and Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service
  • Legal Advisor to Commissioner Veronica A. Haggart, U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Member of the District of Columbia Bar
  • Admitted to the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Anthropology, Rutgers University