Bruce N. Shulman

Bruce N. Shulman

Los Angeles, California
Bruce worked for the U.S. Customs Service from 1975 to 1987 as a senior attorney-advisor in the areas of classification, valuation, penalties, freedom of information and privacy, and entry.  During that time Bruce was the US Delegate to the Technical Committee on Customs Valuation of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) in Brussels and a member of the US delegation to the Committee on Customs Valuation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Geneva.

Since 1987 Bruce has practiced in the private sector, and advises clients on customs classification, valuation, marking, penalties, free trade agreements and other aspects of customs law.  Additionally, Bruce has developed expertise in other agency laws administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including FDA, USDA, CPSC, EPA, intellectual property rights and others.

Finally, Bruce is the firm's primary contact with respect to advising clients on pending legislation and obtaining legislative remedies to import problems.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Customs
  • 10% International Law
  • 20% Administrative Law
  • 10% Intellectual Property Rights

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1975
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1975
  • George Washington University
    • B.A. - 1970
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • Dole Packaged Foods Co.

Honors and Awards

  • Award from Customs Commissioner for completing the largest penalty case in Customs history, 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • American Association of Importers and Exporters, Member, 1987 - 2011
  • Joint Industry Group, Member Steering Committee, 1987 - 2011

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Customs Service, Senior Attorney/Advisor, 1975 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member of Baltimore and Dulles Airport Customs Brokers Assocs, 2010 - 2011

Ancillary Businesses

  • Participated over four years in drafting/lobbying to pass the Customs Modernization Act
  • Have drafted and had passed several other Customs related provisions


  • English